Bradford Walk now the longest running amateur race walking event in the world was first held in 1903, and remains a popular Whitsuntide Nike Air Max Tavas Dark Grey
with 372 walkers.
attraction organised by the YRWC.
based Yorkshire Walking Club celebrates centenary From Bradford Telegraph and Argus
The Yorkshire Walking Club as it was initially known Air Max Thea Dark Blue
Now the walk, which this year is scheduled for June 4, is held over a tough 35km course at Baildon. Although entry levels are no longer on a par with those of the race's golden years, it still
finishing at Peel Park a route which remained virtually unaltered until recent years.
Originally only locals were eligible to enter Air Max Thea Mens Black And White but in 1906 the event was opened up to amateur walkers from across the country.
The debut walk followed a 39 mile route from the George Hotel in Market Street, Bradford, to York.
It attracted 92 competitors and hundreds of people lined the streets to watch. The winner was Baildon man Len Atkinson.
was formed following a meeting at the former Osborne Hotel in New Kirkgate, Bradford, in June 1912.
Now the organisation, which became the Yorkshire Race Walking Club (YRWC) in the 1960s, is preparing for a celebratory dinner which will be held at the Old Tramshed, Saltaire almost 100 years to the day since that inaugural meeting.
There have been several notable performances over the decades, with the record time 4hrs 25mins and 53secs being achieved by Bradford's Melvin McCann in 1984. The biggest field was in 1941,
The course was changed to a 41 mile circular and in 1915 shortened to a 32 miler taking in Shipley, Menston, Burley in Wharfedale, Ilkley, Otley and Yeadon Moor,
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