In 1809 Captain Robert Barclay accepted the challenge to walk and run
1,000 miles in 1,000 hours.
Did he succeed?
Captain Robert Barclay was a Scottish long distance runner and walker of the early 19th century known as 'the celebrated pedestrian'. Running One Thousand Miles
brings Barclay’s story to children’s historical fiction, providing the excitement of what was an actual event many years ago.
In 1809 Barclay accepted the challenge to walk and run one thousand miles in one thousand hours, on Newmarket Heath, with prize money of one thousand guineas if he achieved the target. However, he was only permitted to complete one mile in each hour and each hour had to have one completed mile. This meant that he would need to walk twenty four miles a day for almost six weeks.
Fatigue and sore legs as well as a lack of sleep made the target difficult. Not to mention there were others keen to set obstacles in his way in order to make the competition more difficult. Barclay would need careful organisation and strong guards if he was to succeed…
Running One Thousand Miles
is a thrilling historical story that will be enjoyed by children aged 8-12.