The Englishman Who Ran Across America

In the week of the London Marathon, Mark Whitaker tells the story of a man who was perhaps Britain's best-ever distance runner, who's been forgotten because he was a professional at a time when athletics was dominated by an amateur elite.

His name was Peter Gavuzzi.

He was the son of an immigrant Italian chef, and in 1928 and 1929 he took part in two of the most extraordinary foot races ever held - from one side of the American continent to the other.

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In the week of the London Marathon, Mark Whitaker tells the story of a man who was perhaps Britain's best-ever distance runner, who's been forgotten because he was a professional at a time when athletics was dominated by an amateur elite.

His name was Peter Gavuzzi.

He was the son of an immigrant Italian chef, and in 1928 and 1929 he took part in two of the most extraordinary foot races ever held - from one side of the American continent to the other.