Prewar Rye Sports Long Distance Race Winner

The ‘Long Distance Race’ at Rye Sports

Started with two laps of the Track then moved to the road via Peasmarsh & Iden. The distance was nine miles

The recent article in Rye’s Own on the Long Distance Race and Rye Sports ‘Like Grandfather, Like Father, Like Son’ brought back memories for Mary Hall of Tilling Green. Her brother, Edward Smith, ran the Rye Long Distance Race twice (1932 & 1933) and won on both occasions.

After the second victory he went to France to work and had every intention of returning the following year to take up the challenge for a third year, but sadly it was not to be, as he died during the time he was in France.

Edward Smith
The photograph shows him passing the Smith family house at Bedford Place just before taking the last lap on the Cricket Salts to win the 1933 event.

” Rye’s Own” November 2002

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