THE SPORTING WORLD
(From Ooa London Correspondent.] October 9. ATHLETICS. -Cross-country Running.— The _ first Saturday in October is the recognised day for the formal opening of tho cross-country season in England, and the human harriers were out in force last Saturday. It is always very instructing to visit the headquarters of the clubs on opening day. the old bands usually assembling hi force. Their object is twofold, being to renew acquaintance with rivals of other days and to assist the re emits to crosscountry. ■lt is not sufficiently. known bow much good veterans do by attending Chase runs and acting ns advisers to the new men. The writer has watched tho work of many old-timers in this direction for years, and it was the good they accomplished; which led him to found the Athletes' Advisory Club, the mission being to advice and coach young athletes in track and field athletics.
To keep more closely to flic opening of the season. it iras pleasing to note the unusual number of old-timers who turned out for a run themselves. • Their support counter-balanced the falling off in the number of younger men. who have found sterner calls- in regard to serving their Empire. It seems to be the. general opinion among veteran athletes that they had better get as fit as possible, so that they may be able to take a hand in the defence of their Empire should there be any extension of the age limit—now fixed at 35 years.
It may interest rny reader* to hear that •many sporting clubs are forming Home Defence Corps, composed of men past the age limit (55). and thev are drilling, shoot, ing. and exercising. Cross-country running ie about the finest sport there its for keeping a man in good health. If indulged in •with discretion, men up to 50 can take part, and .with beneficial results. The point to aim at is to run at a pace within one’s ability, and above all, to give racing a miss. A* steady jog-trot at about 7mih per mile will stir'up the liver, reduce fat, and strengthen the muscles. If middleaged men recognised this more fully they would not pay so much in doctors' foes, ■nor require cures at sundry Bads on the Continent. —Athletic Heroes.— The news is to hand of Iho death of •lean Bonin, of France, and >Sergt. Prince, R.A.M.C., of England. The former was doing his duty at the front when the unlucky bullet cut short his career, whilst Prince was killed when attending to the wounded, the enemy shelling the ambulance. Bouin was the greatest runner France has ever had. his three victories in the International Cross-country Championships of 1911, 1912. and 1913 creating a great sensation among British athletes. The writer will never forget Bounds great race with Han lies Kolehmainen, of Finland, in the 5,000 metres race at the Olympic Gaei-et, of 1912. He forced the pace throughout, with Kolehmainen, at his shoulder. Halfway round the last lap it seemed as though Bouin had gained an advantage, hut the Finn came again in the last 40yds, and just managed to win by half a yard in 14min 56|seo. The time shows that both Bouin and Kolehmainen must have passed the three.-milos mark-in about 14min ssec, as against Shmlib’s world’s record of 14min Bouin’s most notable performance was at Stockholm in 1915. when he ram 11 miles 1,442 yds in the hour, so beating all previous records, either amateur or professional. Wo shall never think of the hour record without remembering the gallant. Frenchman who fell in defence of his country and the menace to the British Empire. Turning to ,Sergeant Prince, he was a fine all-round athlete, and a member of the Surrey AC. Association football was perhaps his greatest sport, though ho had the honor of winning the half-mile running championship of Hampshire and also the half-mile Army championship, this being in 1915. —W. A. Applogarth.— W. A. Applogarth, England’s 100 and 220 yards champion, was a Territorial at one lime, hut he is not now in the fighting lino. It is unfortunately necessary to relate that he has decided to join the ranks of the professionals, and he has issued a challenge offering to run anyone in the world 100 yards for £IOO a side. The contrast offered by the action of athletes like Bouin and Prince, giving up their lives for their Empire, and Applegarth, seeking matches for money, is something to ponder over. Most well-wishers of Applegarth regret his action, and, quite apart from the inopportune time he has chosen for hie debut ns a professional, the step is a foolish one. There is little in the game now, even if one puts all thoughts of patriotism on one side. Applegarth has run 100 yards in 9?s<t, 200 yards in 19§aec, and 220 yards in 21), sec, so that he ought to have a chance against the iiest, Jack Donaldson, of Australia, included. BOXING. We are likely to see a good deal of military boxing during the winter, the pastime finding much support among the young soldiers now being trained at various centres. A military entertainment was staged at Folkestone on Saturday, the contestants mainly coming from the Shomcliffe garrison. Though none of the boxers were stars, tho sport was of the beat, and the onlookers, mostly soldiers, waxed enthusiastic over the hard-hitting bouts. The most important bout of the week was the match between Dai Roberts, of Wales, and P.O. Roche, decided in London. Tho ex-sailor put up a plucky fight, but Roberts was *ion on top. his victorybeing secured in the 10th round with a knock out.
Move important matches will soon claim notice, the opening of the National Sporting Club being fixed for October 19th. Before finishing with boxing matters it may be mentioned that Sergeant M‘Envoy, of the Irish Guards, was wounded a few davs ago. Pieces of shell entered his thigh and calf, and ho is now in a hospital at Nantes, but hopeful of rejoining the lighting line before Christmas. THE TURF. .An interesting feature of the racing at Alexandra. Park was the victory of Moiat in the Musweil Selling Plate. The winner is one of the many Belgian horses nowin England, and the success of the five-vear-old delighted the Belgians now quartered at Alexandra Park, owing to their own homes having been burnt by the Germans. Another pleasing success was that of Screamer in the Southgate Welter Handicap. Mr H. Hartigan, an officer of tiro 9th Lancers, being present in khaki to sea his horse score. Nottingham waa the scene of more international racing on Monday, two winners being ridden by French jockeys, or, rather, English-bred riders who have followed their calling in Franco. Peter Turner had his second mount in England when steering Hullabaloo to victorv in the Bestwood Nursery’ Plate, whilst 0. Grant made a fine first appearance on an English racecourse by scoring on Grecian Maid in the Nottingham Handicap. Both seem to be clever riders, and they, are not likely to lack engagements. Other French jockeys, in Parfrement and Hawkins, are to ride here under National Hunt rules, which will add interest to our hurdle and steeplechase events. FOOTBALL. Every Rugby football club naturally like* to furnish players for international fixtures, but the honor cannot compare with the fame of providing men for the fighting line. The Leytonstone Rugby Club has a proud record in this respect, no fewer than 54 of the members now being in the Army or Navy. In addition the members who are not serving are either married or ineligible. Our soldiers are very keen about football,.and being at the front or oven lying wounded in hospitals does not alter this. It is nothing unusual for the soldiers to play a match after returning to camp on being relieved from the trenches, and men have been killed and wounded by shell fire when playing. Some of the French soldiers have been much impressed by this, and it may have had something to do-with the request of the French Government to the Rugby and Association officials in Franco to go on with what fixtures are I possible.
A big sensation was created in Scottish League circles on Saturday by the defeat of Heart of Midlothian at Dumbarton. The Hearts lacked the help of three regular players, • but still managed to lead at half-time (2-1). The home side soon drew level, however, and a penalty kick near tho end gave them both points. Prior to the reverse- Heart* had secured tho highest possible number of points, a performance unequalled by any other club in England or Scotland, to far as League football is concerned. Another surprise in Scotland was created by the downfall of Glasgow Rangers when meeting Greenock Morton. Turning to the English League championship, the position of Manchester City looks still more imposing since Sheffield Wednesday failed so badly at Oldham. Tlie home *players wore very convincing, as shown by Wilson, Kemp, Cook, and Walters (2) scoring, whilst Wilson and M‘Lean alone got through for Sheffield. The win puts Oldham in a prominent position, with a point less than Manchester City. Tho leaders accomplished a fine performance by beating Blackburn Rovers on Saturday. The Rovers (winners of the championship last season) are hard to beat at any time, and particularly when at home, which enhances tho success of Manchester. It proved a keen struggle, and Cartwright’s goal turned the scale in favor of tho visitors. IN GENERAL.
Tod Sloan, the one-time famous American jockey, is now driving a motor ambulance in the French Red Cross service, his only regret being that ho is debarred from fighting. “ Boxer ” Cannon, a son of Joe Camion, the famous trainer, has been given a. commission in the Artillery. i E. Diggle gave a glimpse of his best form on Tuesday by making a break of 421. In spite of this, however, ha has been unable to keep ahead of Stevenson, who is conceding him 2,500 points in 18.000 up. The latest addition to the heavy-weight boxers in London is Jim Barry, of America, just returned from Australia. lie wants to meet our best, and developments are expected. Apropos of the big men, a match has been arranged between Arthur Bulky, of Canada, and Frank Hagney. of Australia, and they are to try conclusions at Portsmouth. The rumor that Joyner, the well-known American trainer, was about to leave England is denied. A. F. Wilding and Kenneth Powell are two lawn tennis cracks now with the British forces in Prance.
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THE SPORTING WORLD, Evening Star, Issue 15657, 23 November 1914
THE SPORTING WORLD Evening Star, Issue 15657, 23 November 1914
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