Thomas Hammond was an ultra-long distance specialist who first won the London-to-Brighton walk in 1904. In September 1908 he set a host of British records for time and distance during a successful attempt on the 24-hour record with 131 miles, 580 yards, which still stood at the time of his death 37 years later. His time at 100 miles was 18-04:10.2. Eight weeks earlier he took part in the 10 mile walk at the Olympics, but for Hammond, this was no more than a sprint and he was eliminated in the heats. Among the records he set on the road were London-to-Oxford (1907), London-to-Brighton and back (1907), London-to-Brighton (1908), and Norwich-to-Ipswich (1914). He worked as a stockbroker and took part in the first Stock Exchange London-to-Brighton walk in 1903.