Sport: Walkaway

Like his old father before him, who was Queen Victoria's favorite walker, Bert Couzens cannot keep his feet still. At eleven, he strolled from London to Colchester (about 50 miles); three years later he was fired from his chemist's apprentice job for walking off one day to see friends at Walton-on-the-Naze (about 70 miles). Now 47, Bert Couzens has lately been doing some serious training — 50-mile strolls three times a week—for a man-sized walk.

Last week, around a track near London where racing dogs joined him on Thursday and Saturday nights, Bert ambled along at a casual gait until he had...

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