No. 157

The Athletics came off on Oct. 17th and 18th, the weather fortunately was fine & there were a good number of spectators – Vidal (R. S.) took the mile in 5. M. 14 S. being an improvement on last year by 6 secs; he also carried off most of the Challenge Cups. Mrs Scott gave away the prizes ‘up fields’ and Scott in his speech abused the governors to the great amusement of his audience.

A.P. Hill.

No. 156

Some confusion having been caused by Scott’s rules about the distribution of prizes at the Athletics; which rules were made last year, at the request of the Committee he altered them & made the following:-

No Boy to take more than two first prizes.

Any Boy losing a first prize under this rule to claim the second prize for such competition, provided that no Boy shall take more than three prizes in all.

If it should thus happen that a prize or prizes in any competition remain un assigned, such prizes shall not fall to the fourth or fifth boy in such competition, but shall be at the disposal of the Committee to award to such boys as in any of the various sports may have, in the opinion of the Committee, desired & failed to obtain a prize.

A.P. Hill.

No. 142

The Athletic Sports this year took place on Oct. 12 and 13. There were two Town Boys on the committee, O.S. Macleay (Grant’s) and W. L. Pemberton (Grant’s). The mile was won by Vidal (Q. S.) in 5.20. In the races open to all Birchett (Rigauds) was third for the mile, Noyes won the long jump (16.4), Leggatt *Grants) was third in 100 yds hurdles, Jackson (Rigauds) obtained first prize in throwing at the wicket & second in throwing the hammer, Hill (Grant’s) was second in half-mile hurdles, Leggatt (Grant’s) carried off second prize in the high jump & third in 100 yds flat race. Roche (home boarder) was second in the 440 yds. The Consolation Race was run in 37 secs. by Pemberton (Grants), Busk (Rigauds) being second and Roope (Grants) third – the prizes were given away in school room & some confusion arose with the rule, stated below, wh. was made by Scott in order that all the prizes might not be carried off by two or three good runners:

“No competitor to take for himself more than two first prizes in any year, or to take the prize in the same contest in successive years.’

This is not meant to interfere with his holding or having his name inscribed as the winner on a Challenge Cup or other Prize wh. does not become the property of the holder: but merely that, in such a case, the Prizes which are so appropriated shd. be given to those next in order in the result. This rule was issued in Oct. but was not entered by Macleay.

A. P. Hill

There are this half seven Town-Boys in the Sixth:

C.M. Lush (H. B.)

E. M. Mee (H. B. Rigaud’s)

W. L. Pemberton (H. B. Grant’s)

J. L. Andrews (Rigaud’s)

A. P. Hill (Grant’s)

J. M. Macpherson (H. B. Grant’s)

H. H. O’Farrell (H. B.)

All boys must now learn either drawing or singing and the first and second division in mathematics have to take up either Applied Mechanics or Astronomy.

A. P. Hill

No 415

This month (July 51/) a race was got up in outrigger pair oars for jests. The first boat having a quart & the 2nd two pint pewter pots. It was won after a beautiful race by Wright & Berens; Vincent & Hunt being second. The race was from Putney Br. to Battersea. For particulars vid. Water Ledger.

J Murray
Prin. Opp.

No 381

A handsome present was made by a sixth form boy, C. Browne, in the shape of a silver rudder  to be rowed for in pair oars, chosen only out of Town Boys, by lot. This was very handsome of Brown, & I am sure all Westminsters that patronise the noble exercise of rowing will feel greatly indebted to his generosity. It is to be hoped that from such inducements & encouragements to keep up the Water we shall be able in time again to assert our superiority over the other public schools in particular & rules see the Water ledger.

W.C. Macready
Prin. Opp.