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7.--Pole Vaulting. Open.' 26 entries.—1. M. Elliott. 2. H. Smith. Height,
8ft. gin. This produced a very close contest between Elliott, Smith, and Reilly. Smith reached 8ft. Oin. in excellent form, Reilly 8ft. 4in. 8.-Flat Race. Open. One Mile. 68 entries. Prize given by the Rev. Dr.
Barry.-1. J. Godfray. 2. J. Luby. 3. 11. Porter, Time 5 min. 3 secs. Godfray was the favourite, owing to the trial heat on Wednesday; and indeed was evidently the man to win from the beginning. He took the lead in the second round, and kept it to the end, winning by 12 yards. Luby was close on him 100 yards from the winning post, as also was Porter, but in the end they were both separated by about 10 yards. Best time ever made here. 9.-Steeple Chase for Visitors. 120 yards and two wet ditches. 13 entries.
1. Goodwyn. Time 153 secs. Payne and Goodwyn, after one false start, got well off, and Good wyn clearing the last ditch in fine style, won pretty easily : Payne second. There were too many to start comfortably.
-Wheelbarrow Race. 120 yards. 23 entries.-1. B. K. Turner. Time 173 secs. Only four came up to the scratch, viz., Godfray, Turner, Myers and Garstin. These drew for wheelbarrows. In the first 60 yards Godfray fouled Garstin, and Turner making hot running, won easily. Myers second. 11.-Sack Race. Open. 100 yards. 5 entries.-I, A Phillips ; 2, A. Riddle.
Time, 12 secs. Much excitement. Phillips was first by an enormous distance, and ran at a tremendous pace. A close race for second.
The race wasn't as much sport as usual, because those who could not manage their sacks abstained from trying. 12.-Flat Race. Open. Quarter-Mile. 29 entries.--1, J. Godfray ; 2, B. K.
Turner. Time, 58 secs. In spite of his recent exertions in the mile Godfray proved equal to the task of winning the Quarter-Mile. After the first 200 yards he took the lead, and won by 10 yards; Turner being the same distance before Fox, who came in with a very game spurt. 13.-Sleeple Chase. Under 15. Quarter-Mile. 15 entries. I, Blanding ; 2,
Filgate. Time i min. 30 secs. Filgate and Hepworth good second and third. 14.—Hurdle Race. Open. 120 yards, with 10 flights of Iurdles. 39 entries.
1, C. Wood ; 2, Ommanney and Griffith. Time, 22 secs. This was run in heats. Haines, Lawrence, and Griffith were the first; Haines won by five or six yards, Griffith and Lawrence well up, Godfray fourth. In the second heat, Wood led up to the last hurdle, when he fell, and Ommanney and Strachan passed him, he securing third place, In the deciding heat Wood went straight away at a great pace, and won very easily; Ommanney and Griffith running a dead heat for second, with Lawrence close behind.
15.-Consolation Handicap.-1, Allen Chandler ; 2, Campion ; 3, Mills. There were about 80 who started, those under eleven 70 yards start, the others in proportion to age.
Beaver was coming well up,
but fell heavily at the first corner. Chandler forced his way through the dense crowd, and finally tottered in first by eight yards.
All the running was now over. Mr. Pottinger then came and photographed the winners twice, this he did in commendably quick time, and soon after the prize-giving really began.
Dr. Barry was received with enthusiastic cheering as he mounted the table; he deferred his speech until after he had given the prizes to the expectant winners. Godfray had a multiplicity of cups, the biggest and best being the Rifle Corps Challenge Cup, of those which are his without future danger the Ladies' prize was far the most handsome. The marks for this latter envied honour
30 Turner ..
15 For Mr. Whittard's Prize, which is confined to boys of the Junior Department
J. Young scored 20; D. Arnott, 15. Mrs. Barry, when she presented the Ladies' Prize, did not, as in former years, come down to the square where the other prizes had been given, but J. Godfray had to ascend the stairs of the Grand Stand, through a crowd of his admirers, to receive his crowning honour. There were, moreover, Challenge Cups for Cricket and Football, which Brice and Filgate received, amidst deafening applause, for their respective houses; the Gymnasium Challenge Cup, won by the B Day Boys, and received by their captain, J. D. S. Sim; the Belt for Sparring, won by Griffith; the Fives Cup, given by Charles Eccles (cheers) and Allan Raper, (cheers), won by Pruen; the Silver Racquet Cup, by Myers; and the Championship of Racquets, by James J. Reid. After these and many other prizes, among which were more cups and pewters than ever, Dr. Barry said
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, I have now to thank you, and the ladies especially, for your presence here, without which these days would not be to us what they are. Valuable indeed these prizes may be ; still more highly valued by the victors is the applause, which comes from the sympathy of their fellows, and the generosity of their unsuccessful rivals. But these days are in some respect our Olympic games; and, though we happily have not, like the Greeks, to seek in them the bond of our national union, or the sense of a religious sanction to that union, yet we do seek the same secondary objects as they. We believe that these sports beget in the competitors that friendly sympathy which is best kindled by friendly antagonism ; we think that they bring out some corporate feeling and pride in their school; and we also know that they give an opportunity (which is always kindly welcomed) to the friends of our boys, and the public of Cheltenham generally, of shewing their interest in the Institution itself. Therefore it is that we think it well to bestow some pains and time upon them, and recognise them as a regular part of our school-life. And what is done here, is done elsewhere. Athletics are accepted now, as a real element of our national strength. I remember the time when the great University boat-race gathered only a few hundred or thousand oarsmen and undergraduates; and now the struggle is carried on through literally miles of enthusiastic spectators.
The whole subject is full of keen and even anxious interest. The Athletic movement seems to owe its triumph, in the first place, to its power of systematizing and concentrating, pluck, energy, and endurance. It did not create them; they have been for years proverbially English, and foreigners have stood almost aghast at our delight in them. But what it has done is to shew (a thing which in this country we especially need to learn) that we are not to trust to crude energy and unthinking courage, but to give them new power and enduring life by systematic training. That we are learning the lesson is shewn by the war just now so gloriously concluded. We have had many exhibitions of British valour ; but this war is almost unique in the perfect union of energy with foresight, in the care with which all resources have been systematized, and no single life has been wasted in vain.
The other ground of the establishment of Athletics is the fact that they were originally a protest against a partial one-sided education, which trained the mind and not the body, trained the mere intellect and not those elements of spirit and energy, which commonly spring from the united action of body and soul. At a time when England must strain every nerve to keep her high place among the nations, it is certain that she needs the whole collective forces of her children.
So the Athletic movement has done good, even noble service. But it can do so still, only is it be true to its first principles; if, especially, it does not usurp too high a place. It can never aspire to the dignity of intellectual effort, still less to the higher dignity of moral energy. If it ever does so it becomes an evil; its fruits are not a manly but a childish character. There is a nation which has just risen to a foremost place among European Kingdoms. That great Prussian power has been created, not so much by animal strength, or athletic prowess, as by the higher force of intellect, by the fruits of an education, which we in England must look on with admiration, almost with envy. I trust that we shall learn the lesson, and while we foster athletic excellence, give it the guidance of intellect, and make it subserve the higher energies which belong to a man as spiritual.
I trust to be excused for dwelling on these subjects. When I look on such a magnificent gathering as this, I cannot rest on the mere platitudes of compliment without seeking to suggest (I hope not too seriously) some subjects of thought.
I now will give place to the great event of the day, and call upon the winner of the Ladies' Prize to receive the distinction which he has earned so well.
Dr. Barry, while distributing the prizes, took occasion, in delivering Mr. Porcher's prize for the Rifle Corps, to refer to his services to the Corps, and the trouble which he had taken in securing the excellent arrangements of the games; in presenting Mr. Southwood's, to thank him for discharging now, as in years past, with so much care and interest, the difficult office of judge ; and in presenting the prize for the Walking Race, given by Mrs. Dobson, to allude to the connexion, which that Prize had so long kept up, of Mr. Dobson's name, as with the higher work of the College, so also with its sports. Nor did he fail, in giving the Racquet Prizes to Reid, to speak of the contest at Prince's, in which Cheltenham 'was beaten, but not disgraced.'
Cheers followed for Dr. Barry, Mr. Southwood, and the Ladies, and the majority of the spectators dispersed. The Boarding House Steeple Chases which followed, attracted a crowd round both wet ditches, and as usual the laughter was loud and long, when some unfortunate flopped into the water; indeed, it was impossible to escape either an immersion or a heavy fall on the slippery ground beyond. Noticeable points were the pace at which Wood ran in his Boarding House Steeple: though fellows under 14 were not allowed to go in, yet there were some who were small enough to have been below that age, and who distinguished themselves, notably one Cranmer, in the Smythite Race, who jumped his last ditch in gallant form.
Godfray was manifestly the great runner in this year. It is an uncommon thing for one fellow to win races so different as the Scurry, the Quarter-Mile, the Half-Mile, the Mile, and to get second place in the Two Mile. We congratulate him heartily. General satisfaction.
CIIELTENIIAM COLLEGE v. EVESIIAM ELEVEN. On Wednesday, the 29th of last month, our Eleven played their first foreign match against an eleven brought down by Mr. Freer, from Evesham and its district. The day was fine, but not very warm, as there was rather a cold wind blowing all day. The College won the toss and elected to occupy the wickets first. Evans and Bramwell represented the College, the Evesham bowlers being J. Lillywhite, junior, and Mr. Byrch (an old Cheltonian). Neither of the batsmen remained long, Bramwell unfortunately playing one 'on.' Chandler scored 10, including a good ‘on' drive for 3. At this time the bowling at both ends was very fine, and things looked bad for the College. Filgate however came to the rescue, and, together with Fox, made the score rise rapidly. In his 33 he made a very fine off drive for 5; considering that he has been very unwell and had no practice, he may be congratulated on his first appearance. Both Steuart and Wyatt played nicely for their runs. Strachan went in last wicket, when the score was 102 and he and Fox put on 27 more, when Mr. Price disposed of Strachan by a good right hand catch at point. Fox carried out his bat for 39, obtained by real good cricket. The ground was excessively dead, which will fully account for the small score.
Evesham sent in Messrs. F. R. Price and Myatt, to the bowling of Fox and Steuart. Both soon yielded, and the first four wickets fell for 4 runs. At this point Surrey' Stephenson and W. Byrch put on a few runs, running the score up to 29, when Fox put one down which proved too much for Stephenson. From this time the wickets fell rapidly, and the score culminated in 57; Mr. Byrch having secured more than half of the runs by some fine hits. Evesham then had to follow, and made a much better fight of it, scoring 61 for the loss of three wickets. When time was called Brindley and Stephenson were well in with 30 and 19 respectively.
5 33 8
T. V. Bramwell, b Byrch
Byes 1, leg byes I, wides
2nd Innings. F. R. Price, cand b Stewart
3 F. Myatt, c Wyatt, b Fox J. Lillywhite, c Chandler, b Fox
c Filgate, b Wade