#MuseumFromHome – Day 222

Posted by Tenby Museum on Nov 17, 2020 Blog No Comments

Day 222 of our #MuseumFromHome project and today we look at the runner Tenby Davies.

Frederick Charles Davies, better known in the sporting world as ‘Tenby’ Davies, was born in Tenby on 12 April 1884. He went on to achieve recognition as one of the greatest runners Wales has produced and was regarded as one of the finest half-milers ever seen, winning the World 880 yards championship at Pontypridd on Monday 23 August 1909 against Irishman and great rival Beauchamp Day.

Davies decisively beat Day over the half-mile distance, clocking in an impressive 1 minute 57.6 seconds in the process. This was one of the fastest times recorded in the world for that year. The Tenby Observer recorded, Davies throughout was running at an easy pace, keeping his opponent well in hand, and when he was challenged he had sufficient stamina left to out-rival Day.

Davies’ versatility as a world-class athlete is underlined by the fact that as well as excelling at the half-mile, he also won events throughout Britain at distances from 100 yards up to a mile. He was a regular competitor in the Welsh Powderhall 130 yards handicap sprints, although he never won it. These were organised by the Pontypridd Athletic Club and held at Taff Vale Park in the town during the early part of the 20th century.

In 1911 Davies married Agnes Emily Ferguson at St Mary’s Parish Church in Tenby. They later moved to Cardiff where they had three children. ‘Tenby’ Davies died at his home in Canton, Cardiff on 23 July 1932, aged only 48.