The annual athletic sports wore held at Chertsey on New Year’s Day. The weather in the morning was dull, and the people from the district were slow in coming. The sports did not take place so early as advertised in consequence, but as the morning cleared, the people gathered strongly, and wo should suppose there were about 300 persons on the ground. The veritable Aunt Sally did a brisk business, and the timely remarks of the pro’JSi.ietor excited amusement The sports were well conducted ; the events all came of well, and much credit is due to the Committee for the success that attended the gathering. The following are the events :
Quoits—For this there were four entries, the successful! competition being—James Wallace, 1 ; 0. Bowlcy, 2. Boy’s Flat Race (under 15) —W. J. Walsh, 1; D. Campbell, 2. Eight entries. Men’s 100yds. Race—E. Forward, 1 ; J. Horner, 2. Boy’s Running High Jump (under 15) — Doherty, 1 ; Campbell, 2. For this event there were four entries. The race was well contested, and Campbell, a little fellow, well secured his honors. Throwing the Stone —J. Wallace, 1 ; J. B. Wright, 2. Men’s Running High Jump—J. Horner and J. Wilkinson —prize divided. Wheelbarrow Race—3 entries. J. Wallace, 1 ; A. Coppell, 2. Men’s 440 yards Race—4 entries. E. Forward, 1 ; H. Bayliss, 2. Three-legged Bacc, 150 yards—B entries. T. Bluett and W. Fowler, 1 ; E. Fowler and W. Wilkinson, 2. Hack Race—7 entries. H. Bayliss’ ch marc, 1; R. Watson’s bay mare, 2. This was an excellent race, the two prize winners running neck and neck. The second prize in this event was a good bridle presented by Mr Welsh. Walking Match—4 entries. E. Bowley, 1 ; Childs, junx-., 2. Men’s Running Long Jump—3 entiles. J. Horner, 1 ; J. Wilkinson, 2. Men’s Hurdle Race, 220 yards—Horner, 1; Forward 2. Committee Race —W. A. Brown, 1 ; W. Payton, 2. Egg and Spoon Race—s entries. E. Bowley, 1 : H. Bayliss, 2. Sack Race—4 entries. Thos. Fowler, 1 ; J. B. Wright, 2. Throwing Hammer—J. B. Wright, 1 ; W. Loudon, 2. _ I After these events were finished sports for the children for toys were given, to the satisfaction of the little ones, and the pleasure of the gathering, after which a concert was held in the evening, at the school-room, with much success.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 43, 3 January 1880
CHERTSEY SPORTS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 43, 3 January 1880
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