Felix Ernest Walter Furlonger
Born 1881, Dublin, Ireland.
"Furlonger called at our offices this morning at our request to be photographed, and exhibited not the least signs of having just emerged from so severe a test of pluck, speed, and endurance. He stated that he felt no effects whatever save for a slight stiffness at the knees, and could go over the course again if necessary. Furlonger has had, comparatively speaking, very little of an athletic career, but he is the typical athlete down to the very toe nails, clean and strong of limb, with that combination of litheness and strength that make for speed and endurance. He will not be 26 years of age until August, and, curious to relate, he was first induced to take an active interest in athletics as a result of the Ballymena Walk. Furlonger is a butcher's assistant, and the Belfast butchers, shortly after the Ballymena Walk, promoted a walk to Whitehead, which was won on the handicap by a brother of Furlonger's. Furlonger himself accomplishing a fine performance. Next year he went one better by winning outright . He also competed in the event on a third occasion, but was beaten by the handicap. In the present season he took to running, and competed in a half mile novice handicap, but was unplaced. He set himself seriously to the task of preparation for the "Go-as-you-Please" contest, and trained with great care."
"It was Balmoral before he managed to get through, and he thus lost several minutes. In addition to this, the fearful showers en route and the heavy going caused thereby make the performance a much better one than appears on the surface, and had the day proved suitable Furlonger would certainly have got home inside three hours. As it is, the distance works out at something near 8 1/2 miles per hour."
"Lisburn was reached by the leader in less than 50 minutes. In one hour and 19 minutes he was at the Market House in Hillsborough , and 37 minutes later Dromore was left behind. Furlonger never faltered for a moment in his stride from the moment he left the variety market in Belfast until he reached the fountain in Lurgan, he did not even take a breather up the great hill in Hillsborough."
|An Ireland's Saturday Night newspaper article written in 1958|