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169Fw: [KennebecCo-op] Fw: a sporting bicentenary and co-op tomorrow

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  • Gilbert
    May 13, 2009
      Marjorie Gilbert
      author of THE RETURN, a historical novel set in Georgian England
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      Sent: Wednesday, May 13, 2009 5:51 AM
      Subject: Re: [KennebecCo-op] Fw: a sporting bicentenary

      Marjorie, This is so interesting - thanks for letting us know about it!
      Also, by the way, are we meeting for coop tomorrow?  Lydia and I would like to....
      Hope to see you and everyone in  our group tomorrow,
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      From: Gilbert
      Sent: Tuesday, May 12, 2009 10:35 AM
      Subject: [KennebecCo-op] Fw: a sporting bicentenary

      I thought this was an interesting event--perhaps history in the making, if Dunwoody is able to achieve his goal by breaking a 200 year-old record...
      Marjorie Gilbert
      author of THE RETURN, a historical novel set in Georgian England
      www.marjoriegilbert .net
      http://historicalfi ctionbooks. ning.com/ profile/Marjorie Gilbert
      www.gilbertinfrared .com
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      Sent: Tuesday, May 12, 2009 9:09 AM
      Subject: a sporting bicentenary

       Perhaps Long-18th centuryists may remember that at two minutes past midnight on 1st June 1809 on Newmarket Heath in England, Captain Barclay set out on his wager to go on foot and unaided, one mile every hour for 1000 consecutive hours (i.e. 8 hours short of six weeks).  It was an enormous physical undertaking that meant that even though he performed his miles back-to-back (one at the end of one hour, and the next at the start of the next hour), he could not have more than an hour and a half’s continuous sleep for nearly six weeks, and sometimes much less.  He walked with a body-guard at night, and with a brace of pistols in his belt, and suffered agonies of tooth-ache, a painful knee, and lost 32 lbs in weight over the course of the event.  His original wager was for 1,000 guineas but it is believed that with side-bets he eventually took home £16,000 when he won.  It turned out to be one of the great sporting wagers of the early 19th century and not only drew daily newspaper reports, but inspired references to it for the next half-century or so from Charles Dickens, Edgar Allan Poe, George Borrow, and others.  

      To mark its bi-centenary Richard Dunwoody (a champion jockey who rode 1,699 winners) will attempt to replicate the event starting at 11.30pm on 29th May 2009 at Newmarket .  More details about the event and its history may be found on www.dunwoody1000mil e.com .

      Anyone want to join in? - even for a token mile? – even, perhaps virtually, from a distance?

      I’m sure Richard would like to know that the 18th century’s 21st century community was behind him.

      Peter Radford