Good grief. Who knows how it came to this. Now some blokes have been known to overstate their athletic abilities, but I reckon that if you weighed 17st. (108kg) you’d have realised a running race probably wasn’t worth staking your reputation on. But things tend to get out of hand, and I think it is fair to say they had once the bookmakers were involved. Anyway, someone had stumped up a ham as a prize, so why not!
Macdonaldtown Park is the former name of Erskineville Park. Here are a couple of maps, showing the extent of the park around the time of the races:
For a little more context here is the Google Earth view showing Erskineville Park as it is today: