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Sir,—ln last night's issue I saw a letter referring to the above sports, in which the writer referred to the prizes for wrestling and running. So far as the ruaning is concerned the above society are getting worse every year. This year they have given us the sum of L 8 for a distance, or Ll6 for a handicap. They gave us four years ago L7O, next year L 32, the following L 32, then L 26, and this year LI 6, which means, after they take 5 per cent, off, L 1.5 4s, or after counting three heats in the 120 yds and two in the 350 yds about L 3 per time of running —that is, if a man is lucky enough to win. A nice sum to win once in twelve months, and to take at the rate of eight or nine weeks' hard training! The Games Committee do not seem to think a man has to train for these events. I fail to see how they can think of reducing their money this year above all others. Surely running, is as interesting to the public as bagpipe music, for which they give good prizes, to say nothing of the special ones. If the society are what they have the name of being—namely, the best society in New Zealand—l think they might try and give a bit more for racing events this year, especially as they might be sure they will have a larger gathering than before. It is a well known fact that every year several of the runners in and around Otago go to outside places. I think the society could surely induce these runners to enter at their gathering, instead of allowing them to go out of town. I noticed several times last year that men could have been first in their heats, but ran second. I spoko to some of them about this, when they said "It is only 10s for bursting yourself, and if you get placed in the final the society will not give you the 10a." This is wrong. Get a man to run for his heat, and give him what he really wins. It is almost impossible for a man to win the second should he secure the first day, so it is only a small win should he able to do so.

Hoping that the Committee will consider this matter and give a fair handicap, so as to encourage local runners, and also try and fetch outsiders to take part in our sports— I am, etc., Old Pkd. Dunedin, October 24.

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CALEDONIAN SPORTS., Issue 8046, 24 October 1889

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CALEDONIAN SPORTS. Issue 8046, 24 October 1889

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