The Great Billy Butlin Race

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The First and Only Footrace from John O’Groats to Land’s End.

How a Russian doctor and Billy Butlin brought Britain to the side of the road.
This is the story of the race, of Dr. Barbara Moore, of the participants and the Part played by Billy Butlin. It is a fascinating and quirky story of daring, entrepreneurship, and good old ‘British pluck’: a story that deserves re-telling for the modern audience.

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The First and Only Footrace from John O’Groats to Land’s End.

How a Russian doctor and Billy Butlin brought Britain to the side of the road

“I very much enjoyed this book. A wonderfully accessible look at the development and history of marathons, with particular emphasis on the difficult and enigmatic Barbara Moore.” Wishing Shelf

In 1960, Britain was swept by a craze for marathons, embodied in an eccentric 56-year-old Russian: motorcycle champion, former Leningrad death row inmate, radical dietician Dr Barbara Moore. Keen to exploit this new fad, holiday camp pioneer Billy Butlin organised the first and indeed only walking/running race from John O’Groats to Land’s End. Despite opposition, 715 participants started off, with the hardiest captivating the nation during that drab winter. A fascinating and quirky story of daring, entrepreneurship, and good old ‘British pluck’: a story that deserves re-telling for the modern audience.
The first chapter of The Great Billy Butlin Race (titled The Footsloggers), was shortlisted for the inaugural Writers &Artists Working-Class Writers’ Prize.