The athletic sports came off on Tuesday & Wednesday the 3rd and 4th of November and though the weather, on the 1st day was, as might have been expected so late in the year, very bad, yet it cleared up on Wednesday & we had a very good day. The mile, which was run on Tuesday, was won by Tomlinson T. B., Lane Q. S. second, & G Dowdeswell T. B. third.
The half mile with hurdles at the end was won by Lane Q. S. The 150 yds flat race by Giles Q. S. who also got the first prize for throwing the cricket ball: & the high jump by Sim Q. S. This last was very good (5 ft 1 ½ inches).
On Wednesday a police band was on the ground & a considerable number of spectators were present.
On my asking Marshall for the public football subscription he said that for the future he could never pay it without seeing the details of the accounts bill that he might know how the money was spent.
‘The Fours’ were rowed on Wednesday Ap. 24. Four crews trained for the exeat but only 3 came to the scratch. The names are as follows:
Cox. J Chapman
Cox H Walker
Cox. T Chapman
Nicholl’s crew unfortunately had to scratch before the day, Barnes & McEwan being out of school. The race was one of the best ever witnessed, as far as the Old Swan (the course being from Battersea to Putney Bridge) they were all almost as close together as at the start. At the railway bridge Oldman was leading by half a length. Trevor & Tomlinson being close together. Oldman increased his lead till he won by three lengths, Tomlinson being about the same distance behind Trevor.
E. R. Dowdeswell
The Townboys beat the Queen Scholars in the T.B. & Q.S. race this year: the particulars are in the Water Ledger.
A.F. Pope, Pr. Opp.
The Eaton Race has been asked for again this year, but Scott is as determined against it as he was last year.
A.F. Pope Pr. Opp.
The Queen Scholars & Town Boy race came off on the 6th of May & resulted in the defeat of the Queen Scholars.
A.F. Pope. Prin. Opp.
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.
On Monday (July 8th/51) we had a race with an old Westminster crew, from Battersea bridge, to Putney. It was a splendid race our crew being beaten by half a boat’s length. We had originally arranged to row on the Thursday previous, but the old Westr crew not being able to get together on that day, we chose Friday. On asking Weare’s leave however, the objected to it on the score that Saturday was confirmation day, so in spite of the earnest wishes of both crews to row, we were compelled to defer it to some indefinite period. It came off however on Monday without the knowledge of the masters. For particulars vide Water Ledger.
The annual match race between the Under Election Four & the TB below the sixth came off Wednesday Ap. 23/51 & was eventually won by the T.B.s beating the Q.SS. by 4 lengths
2 E. Fellows
3 Hunt (sen)
(Cox) Wright cap. uq.
1 Williams (sec)
(Cox) Barnes cap uq
See Water Ledger
signed J. Murray
The usual match race between the old & new eight was rowed on Friday April 18th /51 & was won by the new eight beating the old by 3 or four lengths
2 Williams (sen)
3 Hunt (sen)
For Particulars see Water Ledger
J. Murray Prin Opp
On Friday the race for the silver rudder (vid. No 281) came off. Six boats entered, but only 3 were on station viz
Cox Southey Jun.
The course was from Battersea to Westminster. Steward’s boat took the lead: but Wright’s was picking up and was ½ a boat’s length in advance of Stewards when a foul took place the fault of Steward’s boat. We (Wright’s boat) might have claimed the prize, but as Steward seemed dissatisfied we agreed to pull again on Saturday (10th) This race …[ing] by came off between the … Steward’s boat took the lead, and we did not get ahead the whole course. At Westminster bridge a barge was across the arch which we had intended passing thro’ & of course we lost much by it. We were picking them up fast when they came to Hungerford about ½ a boat’s length ahead of us thus winning the race.
Everard Evered Prin. Opp.