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THE MARATHON RACE. 'GO-AS-YOU-PLEASE' AMERICAN CHAMPION IN ENGLAND. LOCAL MAN AT THE; OLYMPIC. Percy Smallwood, the man who as an amateur met and defeated Hayes, winner of the recent Olympic Marathon, and who holds the four hours' go-as-you-please championship of America, has recently arrived at Llandudno, and is staying with Mr Will Owen. He is a certain starter in the great Marathon race of October 10th organised by the "London Evening News," and is confident that he will make the Con- tinenta;! champions run the hardest con- test of their lives. Smallwood was born at Conway, and while running in the Principality -as an amateur carried everything before him. He did the same in the United States, one of those he has defeated being Hayes, the winner of the Marathon during the recent Olympic Games here, and his per- formances at Llandudno May-Day races will be well remembered. As a professional Smallwood, who is twenty-two years of age, has beaten every one with the exception of Shrubb. He has been running with the little Horsham wonder in various races the whole of the summer through, and travelled with the famous English runner all over America. A few of his performances arenas under Won the four hours' go-as-you-please championship of America last December at the Grand Central Palace, New York. Won the- mile at the Sons of St. George Sports, Philadelphia, and finished second in the five miles to Shrubb. Did a, twenty-three miles trial for Shrubb at Boston in 2hr. 32min., and could have gone on if necessary. Secured the three miles at the Scolet Games, Boston, September 8 (Labour Day), beating Kenealy, the American I champion. Beat Bob Hallen in five miles, lapping I him twice, at the, F'oreshore Sports, Philadelphia., in September. Won the mile at Washington and Cen- tral Park, also five miles on September 3rd. As an amateur found a place in the Junior and Senior Cross-country teams in 1904-5. One year the Welsh athlete secured as many as seventy-five firsts. Chatting to a "London Evening News" representative, Smallwood said he felt very fit after his voyage across the Atlantic, and certainly looked it. This was not surprising, seeing that he trained hard all the way over by running round the deck. In this fashion he covered four miiles on Monday, six miles on Wednes- day, and eight on Saturday at an average of 5min. per mile. 2 He expressed great satisfaction at the courtesies extended to him by the ship's officers of the Caronia (Cunard line), who granted him the same facilities as enjoyed by Shrubb when crossing by the same boat. Dr. T'inker was especially good to him, to say nothing of the passengers) who watched his performances with the great- est interest. Questioned as to his method of train- ing, Smallwood said he favoured the work-a-day and rest-a-day system. He did a lot of walking and fifteen-mile trial runs twice a week. To do this he eats plenty of meat and eggs, with not too many vegetables, potatoes especially being tabooed. Coffee was his favourite drink.




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