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The athletic sports were continued up to about seven o’clock on Saturday evening, but, considering the length of the programme, and the fact that quite a formidable card of horse races had to be got through before the athletics started, the latter were brought off with great expedition by the indefatigable Committee. We ow r e our thanks to the careful and obliging Secretary, Mr. J. B. Rogers, for the facilities he afforded us in getting up our report, and to the other members of the Committee for similar aid. Our last pigeon left the ground just as the Sack Race was being got ready for, and the following are details of the events that came off after “ Hazard” had gone with the last message:— Sack Race, 150 yards ; first prize, 155.; second, ss. ■ Buslnii, Hodder, Lecluier, and Davidson entered for this contest, which was a prolific sort of amusement. .Hodi or got his feet well into flic coi aeis of his sack, and travelled his distance smartly. Raynor Hodder ... ... ... 1 W. Davidson ... ... ... 2 Running Rigg Jump, first prize, LI ; second, 10s. J. Wjlsod, C. Jephsoii, Bert Mayo, M‘Coll, and 8. Roces, we e the competitors. The jumping was genera up fo at which he' pii (he field was imrdown to Mayo, Jophson. and M‘Coll. The nv;;t i : se found Hen's limit in the event, and JepKoa and M C.. 11 were left to fight oat the honor. M'Coll had cleared sft |in when Mayo retired, but when he was asked to essay s'„ Hin after Jephson, he found flic ban er too high and had to yield to Jenhson lv lio c y iar ® ( ?r,* 110 bav like a bird among st-cries cheeriiS nWWId f ° r ever ’” and iluai, y Jephson sft liin . i M Coll 5 biin " o One Mile Flat Bace, fir’s't priz V ]“ 2 . 1 second, 15s. ’ ' H or this stretch there were four entries, ]

M'Donald led for three parts of the distance, when Spray unexpectedly shot out and collared him, winning by about 20 yards, M'Donald second, and Bayliss at his elbow. Spray 1

M'Donald 2 *Eoo and Spoon Race, 150 yards. First prize, 15s. ; second, ss. In running the egg and spoon race the competitors each receive a spoon which they must carry by the handle in theii teeth, the spoon standing straight out before (hem. As soon as the men are in line, an egg is placed in the bowl of each spoon, and the competitors must run with their hands in their pockets. Removing the hands from the pockets or dropping the egg entails disqualification, so that to be an expert “ egg .and spoon” racer requires some practice. The novelty of the thing, however, brought out nine entries, and the runners seemed to enjoy the fun as much as the spectators. Lechner left his fellows at once when the start was made and was never collared, while Dudley dribbled up to the tape shortly after him. Not a few of the eggs encountered the tussock before their mission was fulfilled. Lechner 1

Dudley ... ... ... ... 2 Vaulting with the Pole. First prize, 20s. ; second, 10s.

For the vaulting all the best known local high-flyers were in the lists, and kept together well till the bar marked Bft 4in. Here Mayo, Hunt, and Hodder found their limit and were forced to retire—not, however, before their graceful vaulting, especially Hodder’s, had earned hearty applause. At Bft 7in only Reeves and Bushitt were left. Reeves got over the bar gamely at this height, and Bushitt without any apparent effort. Another Sin rise, however, put Reeves into difficulties. He is an excellent vaulter, but could not tackle Bushitt, a new man in onr local sports, but a splendid vaulter. He went over Bft lOin with great ease" and we could readily believe that he had command of another six inches had the effort been required. He won amidst great applause from the excited crowd that stood round. Bftshitt, Bft lOin ... ... ... 1

Reeves, Bft 7in ~s- ~. ... 2 Single Women’s Race. Prize —A pair .of boots, presented by Mr. Hawkins, ITinwald. Mary M'Teague won the boots easily from a large field of fair ones. Men’s 220 yds Race. First prize, 30s; second, 10s.

Macfarlane... ... ... ... 1 Cobnor 2 Lechner and Hodder also ran. Running Long Jump. First prize, LI; second, 7s. 6d. Reeyes, 17ft £in 1 Jepbson, ; 2 M'Coll also competed. Men’s Race, over 40" years. Free entry, for a pair of trousers given by Ballantyne and Co., Christchurch. Messrs. Hebdon Rainey and W. Grace tied for the trousers. Consolation * Race. First prize, LI; second, 10s. Gilmour I

Mayo ... ‘2 iAt intervals during the day, prizes were given for races run by boys and girls, the prizes being toys, etc., and the -jtJvenile competitors added not a little to the day’s sport.

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WINSLOW ANNUAL RACES AND SPORTS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 232, 3 January 1881

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WINSLOW ANNUAL RACES AND SPORTS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 232, 3 January 1881

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