FOOT RACE FOR £30 AT BECKERMONT
On Saturday afternoon last, J SHACKLEY, of Frizington, and J GAITSKELL, of Langdale, met to contest a 200 yards footrace, on Beckermont Moor, for £30 s side. The match arose out of the 200 yards race at the last Crab Fair Sports at Egremont, when Gaitskell was the winner. The men had been specially trained for this event, and were in the pink of condition, and as both are pedestrians of considerable local repute, a great race was expected. The interest taken in the event may be gathered from the fact that upwards of 400 people assemble to witness it, while the road was taken up with vehicles of all kinds. All preliminaries having been settled the men toed the mark, and were dispatched to a tolerably even start. Shackley immediately took the lead, and at the half distance was leading by a yard and a half. About fifty yards from home Gaitskell put on a terrific spurt, and ran up to Shackley's shoulder, amid cries of "Gaitskell wins," heard from his partisans. They were doomed !
to disappointment, however, as Shackley ran home a good winner by half-a-yard.
WHITEHAVEN NEWS OCT 30 1879
Whitehaven: - Printed at the office in Chapel-street, by Robert FOSTER, residing at No. 97, Scotch-street, Whitehaven, in the Western Division of the County of Cumberland: and published by him at The News-office, NO. 26, King-street, Whitehaven, aforesaid.