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" PEDESTRIAN COMPETITION.j

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PEDESTRIAN COMPETITION. j The last competition ID long-distance pedestriantam, which iran promoted by Sir J. D. Astley, Bart, M.P., has Wen satisfactorily concluded at the Agricultural JIalL The characteristic feature ef the competition mi that each competitor eould make the best of his he can ran or walk—the man who went the longest distance to be declared the winner. The priaea amount to niO, the following being some of the conditions of the contest: It is a sweepstakes of I 10 lOTS. each, and all comers were allowed to con- tend. The start took place on the morning of the lith of March, at 1 hour 6 min. 8 sec., and finished on the evening of the 23rd of March, at 8.10. The man accomplishing the greatest distance in the specified time to be the champion of the world, and to have entrusted to his keeping a belt, value .£100; and receive £ 600; second, £100; third, £ 50; and any competitor covering a distance of 460 jiiles to receive back his stake, with an additional £10. Any competitor (other than the three first men) covering more than 500 miles to have an additional X5 for every three miles over the 500, such amount not to exceed £40. The surplus receipts (if any) over expenses to be either divided between the competitors who have covered more than 450 miles in the same proportion as the prizes, or awarded in further prizes to encourage pedestrianism. The juages, Mvaero. G. W. Atkinson and 0. Conquest (Sporting Lift), assisted by Captain Webb, having their seats with a whole army of timekeepers and scorerp at their posts, the following competitors made their appear- ance on the path: J. Bailey, of Sittmgbourne; Blower Brown, Fulham W. Oorkey, Bethnal Green W. Gregory, Hoxton; J. Groves, Oswestry; G. H,,s,tel, London; G. Ide, Woolwich G. Johnson, Barrow-in-Furness; S. R. Johnson, Wrexham W. Lewis, Islington 0. 0. Marfyn, Yatton, near Bristol; P. M'Carthy, York; J. M'Le&vy, Alexandria J Smith, York; W. Smith, Paisley; W. H. Smythe, Dublin; H. V-iughan and D. O'Leary, Chicago (who had a track to himself, 8 laps to a mile, the English- man's, on the outside, being 7 ) B. P- Weston, (New York City), Peter Grassland, of Sheffield, and G. Pfirry, also of Sheffield, entered, but were unable to compete, principally. through illness. At 1 boar 6 min 8 sec. a.m., Sir J-hn Astley, having previously addressed the competitors, gave the signal, and away they went on their journey. As the contest is now brought to a termination rt is needless for us to repro- duce the week's doings of each competitor, but merely thronicliag the result. The weary journey was completed in the presence 6f an immense concourse of persons, but concluding be- foretheappointed time some disappointment was caused by those arriving at the hall about nine o'clock. Some dissatisfaction also was experienced by the backers of Vaugban, in consequence of O'Leiry not being con- sidered a legitimate entry, the list having been closed before the Yankee's name was received Sir John Astley, however, stated that a written protest had been b-svoed to him, but he would take no notice of it, and would give the money to the best man. One thing in 0 Leary a favour is that his entry was sent to England in tune, but a Liverpool friend neglected to forward the same to the Sporting Lite. OLeary's right lee was in a very bad state, being twice the size of the left, the inflammation confining itself principally to the ealf. This caused him, of course, to limp along all through the last day, and exercise great care in progressing. Yaughan, on the contrary, looked wonderfully well; but the conclusion of the race was very monotonous, as it was a foregone conclu- sion for O'Leary. At about 7 40 p.m. Vaughan re- tired, and left O Leary on the track, and at 8.10 p.m. he retired. After waiting till 8 30, and no ene putting in appearance, the crowd, as usual on these occasions, took possession of the ring, the band played the National Anthem, and the following return was posted at the judges' atand O'Leary, 520 miles 2 laps; Yaughan, 600 miles; Brown, 477 miles 2 laps; Ide, 405 miles 4 laps; J; Smith, 394 miles 6 laps; W. Oorkey, 335 miles 2 laps Lewis, 270 miles M'earthy, 264 miles 2 laps; M'Le&vy, 250 miles 6 laps; Gregory, 231 miles 3 laps; Groves, 220 miles Gk Johnson, 205 miles; S. B. Johnson, 194 miles; W. Smith, 194 miles; W. H. Smythe, 175 miles 4 laps B alVy, 139 miles 2 laps; Martyn, 65 miles; G. Buael; 50 utiles.

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