The enthusiasm of the Celebrated Pedestrian

build your enthusiasmWhere we are: 2017 – Cycle 2 – Week 1 – Day 2.

What can ‘The Plucky Pedestrian’, ‘The Wily Wobbler’ and ‘The Celebrated Pedestrian’ teach us about enthusiasm?

Well for starters they must have had lots of it because they were all some of the greatest names in ‘pedestrianism’ – essentially nineteenth century walking races.

These races could go on for up to six days and competitors drank Champagne as a stimulant.

Captain Robert Barclay Allardice (‘The Celebrated Pedestrian’) once walked 1000 miles in 1000 hours for a bet of 1000 Guineas.

To keep his enthusiasm up he stopped for a small sleep and a meal of roast fowl, mutton and beer once an hour.

In the darkest hours of the feat he had his groom whack him with a stick to keep him going.


Now, I’m sure that neither you or I are about to volunteer to walk 1000 miles in 1000 hours, even if 1000 Guineas are on offer.

Mind you the sum would now be worth 98,825 pounds so I might have to think about that one.

However I certainly wouldn’t want to do it dressed as our ‘celebrated pedestrian’ as he reportedly did it wearing a Top Hat, Thick Woolen Overcoat, Flannel Breeches, lambswool stockings, and heavy leather shoes.


I think I’d much rather practice my enthusiasm in other ways thank you very much.

Like today; in the coffee shop I ordered a coffee in a much more enthusiastic way and got great service and a nice smile.

sometimes just remembering to be enthusiastic is all you need.

remember ‘To be enthusiastic, act enthusiastic’

give it a go today my enthusastic friend.