house of fraser ugg boots 1932 newsreel rekindles memories of The Northern Echo’s annual Easter Monday walking race from Sunderland to Darlington
The Echo recorded that his winning time was four hours, 48 minutes, 51 seconds a disappointing three and a half minutes outside his own course record.
But Tommy Green known universally it seems as TW was satisfied with his performance, given the competitors had to put up with a “strong, cold wind”.
The race, which had attracted a record entry of 80, turned out to be what the Echo described as “a stirring battle” between Green and 50 year old veteran Tom Payne, from South Shields, who was making his comeback after 20 years out of the sport.
The pair were neck and neck until they reached Ferryhill, where Payne, the Echo wrote,
“experienced difficulty”, allowing the younger man to forge ahead.
Although Payne drew within 500 yards of the leader in the stretch between Chilton and Aycliffe, Green’s victory was never in doubt and he crossed the winning line to a cheering crowd at Feethams football ground a full six minutes in front.
Green acknowledged the effort from Payne, telling the Echo his opponent had put up a “wonderful performance”, adding: “Considering his age, I did not think he had it in him.”
To recognise his achievement in winning three successive races, the newspaper reported that it intended to present him with a replica of The Northern Echo Cup.
But Green was not finished yet.
The following year he returned to defend his title, claiming a fourth successive win this time setting a new record time of four hours, 41 minutes, 51 and two fifths of a second.
The race had turned out to be another thrilling tussle with Payne and again Ferryhill proved to be the breaking point for the veteran, as Green took the initiative.
“The victory smile seldom left his face at any part of the journey,
” reported the Echo. “And no sooner had he crossed the finishing line in Feethams field than he broke into a trot towards the hot bath awaiting him.”