"he deserved to run the gauntlope"

Running the gauntlet, Tecumseh and the Shawnee Prophet
Public DomainRunning the gauntlet, Tecumseh and the Shawnee Prophet - Credit: Edward Eggleston, Elizabeth Eggleston Seelye
Gauntlope comes from the old Scandinavian gatlopp, which is a compound of gata, a road or street, and lopp, a course. The term was adopted by the British in the 17th century in the corrupted form gantlope, for a type of military punishment in which a man, stripped to the waist, was forced to run between a double row of men who struck him with sticks or knotted cords.

Gauntlets
GNU Free Documentation LicenseGauntlets - Credit: Mbdortmund
By the beginning of the nineteenth century, the expression was still in use, but gantlope had been replaced by gauntlet - an old English word for a fortified glove that formed part of a suit of armour.