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THE ATHLETIC CHAMPIONSHIP MEETING.

r A. Greig, the young Danedin walker who competed at the late ship meeting at Sydney, writes to G. Gallo. way, his trainer; in the following strain i—"When I last wrote to yon from MelbourM I.was getting into great form, having had the services of a very good trainer. I remained eight days i'n Melbourne, and came on to Sydney by rail, arriving ei Sydney on the 29th of September. After* tedious journey of 17* weuk~tfl the Amateur Sports Club, and there mibilr Guff, the majority of the New Zealand team being out at Botany. Mr Goff invited m« bat to the ground in the afternoon, but it came on to rain very heavily, and it wa» late when I got out. In consequence of tht rain the track,' whioh is a very fast grass one, was sodden, and I was very doubtful about having ago on it. Mr Cuff asked «ne to have a "go," and, thinking that he intended to rub me doWD, I did a mile spin. It was heavy going. After I finished I went to the dressing room. Mr Cuff was on the gronnd. I fully expected he would give me a mb down, but I had to go with-' out one. But that was not all, for the next day I went out to the ground to have another spin. About half a dozen of the New Zealand teahi Were there, including Wilson. I had a short sprint with him, and then went into the dressing room, but not one of them offered to give me a rub down, so you can imagine the condition I was in. What with the long journey in tbe train, together with the sharp work I had done on the two daya after arriving in Sydney, without a rub down,,l felt in no way fit to race at all. As regards the mile race, at the pißtol shot I went to the' front and led for a lap; after that Barrett took the lead, closely followed by Wilson. I .was content to keep in'fourth; place. Entering the straight they led me by about ten yards, but after that they left me as if I was standing still, f went about another half lap and gave up. I did not have a possible chance of getting up with them. It was not a fair walk. lam quite satisfied that with a good judge like yourself neither Wilson nor Barrett would be allowed to go a lap. They nover look their knees when walking. It is simply a matter of jump from one heel to the other, and never mind the toe. The second day was a repetition of the first, Wilson walking in the same style. I kept with him for two miles and three-quarters, but I could not Btick to him any longer with his style of walking. Yet Mr Coombes, the judge, passed him. As it turned out, I am quite satisfied that if I had you looking after me up to the time of the races I could have beaten either Wilson or Barrett with all their running thrown in. However, taking the time of the three-mile race,-1 think we have every reason to be satisfied, seeing that Wilson beat me by about forty yards in 22min 37sec. I was just lOsec behind him, which beats my trial. performance in Danedin by ltnin ssec, and the championship standard by 45sec. I hope to have another go at the next championship meeting, and if all is well, and with the assistance of a good judge, the result will be different. They all tell me that I walk too fair. Bullock tells me that I walk much after your own style. All the papers here crack up my style." The writer encloses a clipping of,an Australian paper, which says:—"ln Greig the New Zealandere have without doubt one of the fairest and prettiest exponents of the t'oe-and-heel art that has ever-put on a shoe."

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THE ATHLETIC CHAMPIONSHIP MEETING., Evening Star, Issue 10449, 20 October 1897

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THE ATHLETIC CHAMPIONSHIP MEETING. Evening Star, Issue 10449, 20 October 1897

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