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Thu, 25 Jul


Burford Baptist Church

'They Run With Surprising Swiftness' - Peter Radford

The Women Athletes of Early Modern Britain.

'They Run With Surprising Swiftness' - Peter Radford
'They Run With Surprising Swiftness' - Peter Radford

Time & Location

25 Jul 2024, 19:30 – 20:30

Burford Baptist Church, 34 Witney St, Burford OX18 4SN, UK

About the Event

Women have battled for a place in the male-dominated world of sports throughout the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, overturning   obstacles and highlighting the changing position of women in societies around the world. This has become one of the defining stories of our age and the   central story of women's sports. This talk tells a different and much older, forgotten story with many of the same themes.

Sports have never been the sole preserve of men; women athletes have always been there. Throughout the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries in Britain, women of all ages ran, fought, rode, played football, cricket, tennis, and other sports. They competed in tough, head-to-head events that required extraordinary endurance and skill. Though not labelled "athletic" at the time, these women performed feats that in our age would certainly earn that descriptor. Peter Radford’s book, ‘They run with Surprising Swiftness’ talk recognizes these remarkable athletes and their achievements and aims to restore them to their rightful place in the long history of women in sport.

Peter Radford is a former British athlete, who competed at 100 and 200 metres (and 100 and 220 yards), broke world records, and won Olympic medals.


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