Story: Athletics

Champion pedestrian Joe Scott

Champion pedestrian Joe Scott

Pedestrianism was the name given to professional running and walking in the 19th century. Endurance walking, in which competitors walked around indoor circuits over very long distances, was one of the more popular pedestrian events. New Zealander Joe Scott was a champion endurance walker. Here, he is wearing the world championship belt he won in London in 1888, alongside trophies he won for other events.

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David Colquhoun, 'Athletics - Beginnings', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 September 2023)

Story by David Colquhoun, published 5 Sep 2013, updated 20 Sep 2016