A curious bet, settled at Conington airfield. (The bet was for a man to carry a sack of wheat for a mile).Click 'Text Show' Button.. A curious bet
A curious bet settled at Conington airfield in 1955. It involved a man called Frank Ratcliffe, the owner of the Cross Roads garage at Conington, who bet Esme Turnill, a miller and merchant of Sawtry, £10 that a man could carry a sack of wheat for a mile. Esme weighed up the odds (a sack of wheat weighs 252 lb, plus 4 lb for the sack) and took Frank on at 10 to one. The event was advertised and on the day thousands turned up by bus and 500 cars to line the runway. Quarter miles were marked by union flags. Four competitors also arrived, one of them being Tom Knighton then a 35 year old lorry driver of 18 Barr Street, Whittlesey. The others were Stan Felinski, of 69 Southfield Avenue, Stanground (who that morning had shifted 6,000 bricks at the yard): Ernest Weldon, of Ramsey, and Geoff Roe, of Westwood Farm Peterborough. They were all after the £10 for the finishers, which was about a week’s wages then. Weldon was soon out, only 100 yards down the course, and Roe gave up just before halfway. Knighton, with his trainer and timekeeper beside him, was pacing out the measured mile with an assurance that gave him an obvious chance of completing the course, Felinski was having a hard time, but finished in 24 minutes – one minute in front of Knighton. Tom was quite fresh. He put his sack back on the lorry and said: “For another £10 I would have carried it back again.” In fact, when the collection among the spectators was shared out, Tom finished up with £35. Everybody then went to the Chequers at Sawtry for a drink. Felinski had a cup of tea, Esme paid up like a gentleman.
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