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THE SPORTING WORLD, Issue 15668, 5 December 1914
THE SPORTING WORLD
(Fhom Gun London Correspondent.] October 16. ATHLETIC SOLDIERS. Tho many sportsmen among the readers of these notes will bo sorry to hear that bad news has come to hand respecting Corporal G. W. Hutson, of tho Royal Sussex Regiment. He is reported among the wounded and missing, and his many friends await more news with great interest. Hutson won the fonr-mile amateur championship in 1912, 1913, and 1914, his best time being last year, when the watch showed Iffrnin 32sec—a record for the championship. He also finished third to 11. Kolehmaincn, of Finland, and Jean Bouin, of France, in the 5,000 metres race at the last Olympic Games. Matters have indeed moved fast since then, Bourn having given up his life for his country, whilst the English crack is now “in the wars.” The third athlete named has returned to America, he being outside the arena of war. It will bo a big blow to English athletics if Hutson is lost to tho running path He is certainly the best distance runner the country has produced since Alfred Shrubfc shattered many records. The latter holds all the “ bests ” from two to eleven miles, but many good judges believed Hutson was capable of altering some of the figures Tho manner in which he won the one-mile championship in July (the day after taking the four miles) showed that ha had_ made big improvement from the previous season. A few days later be ran three-quarters of a mile in 3mm 9?sec —time which only W. G. George among English runners has beaten. Singularly enough, tho latter made his best time for three-quarters when taking part in races at ono mile. In 1882, when creating the then amateur record ot 4min 19isec, George passed the three-quarter mile mafic in 3min Bisec. Four years later, when setting up tho world’s mile figures of 4min 12|sec, the third quarter was finished in 3rain 7]sec. Returning to Hutson, his form this season stamped him as equal to 4min 18sec for a mile, and it is even possible that ho was capable of getting very close to the British record of 4min 16|sec. Many sportsmen were hoping to see him meet Arnold Jackson, of Oxford, and it would have been a struggle worth watching. One can only hope that the famous Surrey A.C. runner is not seriously wounded. Another famous runner, in Private Daley, of the Connaught Rangers, is also among the missing. Like Hutson, ho is a member of the Surrey A.C., and his record is a fine one. He won the Aidershot Command Cross-country Championship this year, beating Sergeant F. O’Neill j in the last sprint for the tape. The j latter turned the tables in the National j Championship at Chesham, however, in | which lie finished second. Daley is also 1 a fine performer on the track, and besides getting placed in the 10-mile champion- j ship last April, he has assisted the Surrey | A.C. to win several important intercluo ! races. —Veteran Runners.— The performances of the veterans in the sprint race promoted by the London A.C. recently aroused a good deal of comment, but it is doubtful if anv of the performers did anything better than the old-timers who turned out (or the Southern Counties’ cross-conntry run at Snaresbrook on Saturday. L T pwards of 100 runners took part, a special pack of “ old crocks ’’ being formed. There were eight of these veterans, some of them being close on 60 years of age. Particular mention may be made of lom Palmer, of the Finchley Harriers, who was in the veteran class when ho won a 50-mile level race at Richmond about 1887, the beaten men including J. E. Dixon, who held the 50-milo record for many years. Palmer is now nearly 60 years of age, yet he was prominent at the finish of the six-mile spin, and the next day piloted a party of athletes in a 20-mile walk. It may bo of interest, and possibly of some value, to mention that Palmer retired from athletics soon after his thirtieth birthday, but when 50 his health began to break down. After trying all sorts of medicines, he decided to take up cross-country running again, and it has made him feel young once more, a.nd he says that he was never better in health. He acts as trail-layer in many paperchases, and has also taken part in club walking handicaps on the road of late, getting among the prize-winners. To the many middle-aged athletes who read these notes the lesson given by Palmer's experience may be of some use. When athletes are too old for competition, they generally retire entirely, and frequently' put on ft lot of weight, their health suffering in consequence. Thero is no doubt this policy is wrong, tho change being too groat a contrast. Far bettor kcop tip a reasonable amount of exercise (without racing), and cross-country running ranks first. Walking, cycling, golf, swimming, rowing, boxing, cioss-country running, and fishing are ;dl pastimes which men past the competitive age can follow, if moderation is observed. 07 course, when one refers to fishing as an exercise, the gentle pastime of sitting by tho water in the attempt to catch roach ; carp, or bream is not meant. Fly fishing and spinning is quite another matter, however, and as an old athlete remarked recently, when accompanying tho writer on a fishing trip to Haropdiira.- “I thought fishing was a lazy game, bub I don’t think I ever worked to hard on a holiday for years.” BOXING. Tho most eventful happening of tho week in boxing ciiclm was the advent of Matt Wells in the welter-weight class. He was opposed by Young Nipper in a 15-roands bout at Tho Ring, and it proved a fine contest. During the fiist hall-dozen rounds Wells simply outclassed his man, and his victory by tho knock-out route appeared likely. Nipper, however, is one of the wcar-and-tear sort, and he stuck gamely to his task. Alter receiving some punishment “Matt” was quite content to box quietly. Ho non easily enough on Eoinls, but Nipper gave the ex-champion ght-weight plenty to do. Tho international bout at Portsmouth between Arthur Policy (of Canada) and Frank Hagney (of Australia) showed that the former can, hit very hard indeed. Hapney was giving away weignt, at.d though he did kis best ho was soon in trouble. Pelky dropped his rival early in the third rounrl, Hagney rising at the count of nine. He was again sent to the boards in the fourth round, and twice more before tho welcome gong. Tiro fifth round ended matters. Con. O'Kelly is likely to meet the winner in the near future, and tho match ought to be worth watching, both being hard hitters. o’Kelly won the heavy-weight Catch-can wrestling contest at the Olympic Games of 1908, and later entered the professional world as a boxer. He has never climbed very high, but as a slogger ho certainly deserves notice. RUGBY PATRIOTS. A statement was made at the annual feneral meeting of tho Scottish Rugby Jnion which makes one recognise how splendidly Rugby men have rallied round the flag at this crisis. The chairman said that from 24 clubs no fewer than 638 playing members out of a total of 817 had volunteered, whilst over 300 non-playing members had also joined the Army or Territorials. Such figures make on feel proud of our sportsmen, for on all sides reports aro heard of how soccer men, oarsmen, cricketers, boxers, runners, swimmers, aid others are responding. A HERO. It is reported that Lieutenant J. L. Huggan, the Scottish Rngby international, who was killed on September 16, was recommended for the Victoria Cross two days before he died in action. Ho led a party to the rescue of a, (number of wounded, who were lying in a burning ! barn, and got them out under ? heavy ■ shell fire. The coveted V.C. will prd- ; bably be handed over to his relatives, and it may be that this brave footballer will rank as the first hero to gain tho prized I bronze ores* for valor on tho field of battle during tho preaont war. THE SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP. The two leading clubs came back to their nearest rivals on Saturday, Manchester City only beiilg able to draw their match lon* receiving Newcastle, whilst Oldham also had ’to pat up with a division of the
points on visiting West Bromwich Albion. Meanwhile, Sheffield Wednesday just managed to beat Manchester United, which improves tho prospects of tho Yorkshire dun for First League honors. Woolwich Arsenal, or The Arsenal, as the club is now known, with Huddersfield, appear to be well in the running for Second League honors, whilst Brighton and Hove head the Southern League table. The moat important happening in Scotland on Saturday was the final of the Glasgow Cup, in which Clyde and Partick Thistle played a draw. The Thistle really ought to have won, as, besides missing a penalty kick, one of the Clyde players was off the field for the greatest portion of the second half. THE TURF. Most punters have no doubt had visions of making a fortune by landing a big treble event. To all such it will be of interest to know that a Chester sportsman succeeded in naming the winner of every event on the card at the recent Nottingham meeting. True, one of them gained a walk-over, but as that counts as a win the lucky punter won a wager of 2,000 shillings to 1 shilling. Six E- Cassel, a personal friend of tho late King Edward, and ono of tho most popular owners associated with tho turf, has met with considerable success this week. Animals carrying his colors won three events at Newmarket on Tuesday, whilst a bigger success was secured on Wednesday, when Troubadour won the Cesarewitch Stakes in a field of 21. The win was quite a surprise, the son of St. Aniant starting at 66 to 1 against. Green Falcon was again unlucky enough to finish second, a position Mr Hulton’s three-year-old also filled in tho Prince Edward Handicap and the Duke of York Stakes. IN GENERAL. Jerry M., winner of the Grand National under 12.7, and also a Grand Steeplechase de Paris winner, broke his leg early in the week, and had to bo destroyed. It is strange that tho famous steeplechaser should have died only three weeks after the decease of Sir C. Asshington Smith, his late owner. It is announced that the two well-known German lawn tennis players Otto Krouzer and O. Froitzheim aro now detained at Gibraltar as prisoners of war. Home sportsmen were disappointed at the poor showing made by M. Inman in his billiard matches (under mixed English and American rules) against W. Hoffe. Besides doing so badly at tho baulk line game, our champion seems to have failed to show his true form under English rules, as illustrated by his highest break only reaching 2c4. F. J. Parker and V, J. VieL of the Unity C.C., created a new 50 miles tandem road record (unpaced) early in tha week, their time being Hi 58min 33sec. Among tho latest batch of sportsmen who have joined the Army are C. Blythe (tho famous Kent bowler) and W. Albany (probably England’s second best professional sculler). As A. J. Joyner purchased a couple of yearlings this week, it seems likely that 'no has no thoughts of returning to the United States just yet.
THE SPORTING WORLD, Issue 15668, 5 December 1914
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