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Leeds Athletic and Cycling Club Carnival at Headingley
Leeds Athletic and Cycling Club Carnival at Headingley

Leeds Athletic and Cycling Club Carnival at Headingley 1902

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Leeds Athletic and Cycling Club Carnival at Headingley 1902


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Leeds Athletic and Cycling Club Carnival at Headingley 1902

7 mins United Kingdom

Sporting prowess plays second fiddle to novelty in this exhibition of Leeds showmanship. Speed, excitement and dynamism are captured by the panning camera, which mirrors the movement of the steeplechasers and cyclists zipping around the track. Next up, a variety act: the Mazonda champion barrel-jumpers. Such acts were a hugely popular mainstay of the swelling Edwardian entertainment industry.

This film was commissioned by entertainment entrepreneur Tom Barrasford, who owned several theatres across the UK, including the Tivoli in Leeds, where the Mazonda barrel-jumpers were a regular attraction. Barrasford clearly had a commercial interest in giving the troupe a starring role in this film, which would serve to further promote their regular turn at the Tivoli. The cinematograph was frequently billed during variety theatre programmes and it's more than likely that this film would itself have been shown at the Tivoli. Following this performance at the Cycling Club Carnival the Wigan Examiner reported: "The Mazondas are stated to be champions in their particular line, and exhibit some really marvellous tub jumping, which has the additional merit of being novel."


Sport Non-Fiction


1900-1909 Athletics Leeds Acrobatics Variety Steeplechasing (running) Bicycle racing Spectators West Yorkshire


Edwardian Sports Pedal Power




United Kingdom



Production company

Mitchell and Kenyon

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