The Athletic Sports were held on the 22nd + 23rd Oct. The weather was very fine, and there was a large attendance of spectators on both days.
Smith won the mile as he did the year before, but this year he ran it in 5’ 8”. E. Cope was 2nd, Eddis coming in third.
Smith also won all the challenge cups (open to all) except one, from which he was excluded + which was won by Bray.
Stephens won everything for the under 15.
The Consolation Race was won by J. Neill.
Mrs James gave away the prizes.
The Athletic Sports took place on th October 1866. The mile was won by T. C. Smith T. B. Grant’s. 2. W. T. Dixon Q. S. 3. Penniger Q. S. in 5 mins. 18 secs. Smith ran very well indeed, coming in with a fine spurt.
There were two town Boys in the sixth this half.
E. Barnes. H Rigo’s
The Athletics Sports came off on Thursday & Friday Oct 17 & 28. The weather was on the whole “propitious” but the “Ground” bad. The running excelled former years, as did also the jumping – in which Giles QS. cleared 5ft 6” & in the Pole jump Harrison QS. 8ft 8in, the “Long” Account will be found in the Q. S. Ledger.
J F Lucas Prin. Opp.
Eton and Westminster Boat Race crews –
|1. E. L. Williams … 9”01
||1. G Walpole – 9”5
|2. S Vidal … 9”6
||2. C S Newton – 10”2
|3. B Harley …10”0
||3. Sir W Lamb – 9”5
|4. J. Lucas …9”6
||4. R G Marodenc – 10”9
|5. M O Sun … 11”3
||5. W W Wood – 11”12
|6. C E Oldman … 11”1
||6. F Willan – 11”5
|7. F Pownall …10”6
||7. C S Corksan – 11”12
|8. V Nichols – 10″6
||8. J H Mossop – 9”0
| H Fitzgerald (cox) – 6”8
|| Honb Bertie (cox) 7”12
The course was from Chiswick Eyot to a boat moored opposite the Star and Garter Putney. Eton won the choice of Station and took the Surrey side by which they got an awful advantage because of the sharp corner just below the Eyot. Westminster started badly, though they took a slight lead, but in a few strokes Eton drew up level and commenced an exciting contest for a short distance doing all in their power to prevent Westminster from taking their water. Westminster was steered badly in this part of the course and lost nearly two lengths by it. They put on a tremendous spurt from the Crab-tree and reduced the Etonians’ lead from 15 to three lengths; at the point the Etonians rowed remarkably well and gained half a length in which position they came in Westminster losing by three and a half lengths.
This is the best eight we have had from the time when we began to row Eton again. Great thanks are due to Hawshaw Late President of the Cam. Univ. B. C. an old Westminster to Forster Captain of the Univ. Coll. B. C. at Oxford for the increasing exertions at Oxford in coaching the eight: and Sun had a silver cup presented to him by the right for staying over at great personal inconvenience to row in the eight.
J F Lucas Prin. Opp.
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.