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Winning the Marathon Race. 26 miles in 3 hrs 3 mins, 1908-11

 Item
Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y3011D/5

Scope and Contents

118 x 101 mm. A slightly blurred print showing Kapere crossing the finishing line of the marathon race run on November 8 1908 in conjunction with the Kampala Exhibition. The race is described in a clipping from an unidentified newspaper pasted into this album: 'There were 48 competitors, representing the fleetest runners in each of the four kingdoms comprised in the Protectorate, and an intense spirit of rivalry animated all the tribes concerned. The course measured exactly 26 miles, and lay along the high road between Entebbe and Kampala.

The runners were followed the whole way by European cyclists, and their progress was intimated to the expectant crowds in the exhibition by telephones established at various distances along the course. In spite of the fact that much rain fell, and the track was consequently heavy, the winner reached the post in the remarkable time of 3 hrs 3 mins, or only seven minutes in excess of the Shepherd's Bush record.'

Sir Apolo Kagwa can be seen in the background cheering on the leader.



Dates

  • 1908-11

Conditions Governing Access

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Language of Materials

English

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Good condition.

General

SG.

Originator(s)

Unknown

Finding aid date

2003-05-21 16:15:55+00:00

Includes index.

Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

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