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ATHLETICS

' ', NOTES BY A&ATEUB. ' .The secretary of the Otago Centre of the JPJ.Z.A.A.'A. has forwarded the Carisbrook Amateur Ground Company a cheque for JB3* 14s, being the Ground Company's perqejitage of the takings at the Shrubb-Duffey ; ithletic meeting.

It would be interesting to know the result of th© deliberations of the New Zealand Athletic Council held in camera the other evening. It is understood that the discussion referred mainly, to the position

" in respect to the Shrubb-Duffey meetings. But why in camera? If any discussion iby the council should be open to th© press ; , told placed before the public, it ie. this same ' jbusihess of the Shrubb-Duffey tour. With- j Wit- the assistance of the guarantors and ' tho "general" the scheme could never have • been engineered. Yet the council discusses\n camera the most important business which j lias been carried out by the Athletic Asso- ' ciation since its inception! ! The Otago Centre of the New Zealand:

'Amateur Athletic Association is inviting an of opinion from the Auckland and .^"Wellington Centres on th© question of re1 moving, the headquarters of the council from The southern, centre's pro-

, bosal (says "Lynx") > i3 /that- the headquarters '■ - w the sport should be alternately three years „4n .-each of the chief centres. The present " wan-ageinent of th© council is certainly not <^Wiat itTshouldi be, and any change likely to irihjr about an improvement on the existing Jtfcate of affaire, would be welcomed. . .The mile and a-half Tace- of the St. An- . Brew- Harriers decided at Tahuna Park on . Wednesday afternoon attracted a large field. Dnke, on the 160 yds mark, made the pace ■ 'And' kept the lead, winning by about 50 yards from Gardiner (140 yds). The winner ■ of th© race is a fine type °f *& athlete, and - pn his running on Wednesday should, if he trains, do something for his club in the future. He started off at a great pace, and -fcfter overhauling the limit man made his

lown pace all the way. The second man , '(Gardiner) is a. very slight young fellow. - ST.© ran well considering it was only hie second race. Sloan, third man, also ran Jwell, but he would be better in short distances, and should 1 go in for training for the eprints, which come on in the next half of the syllabus. Marryatt has already been {heard of, having run in the championship {held at Invercargill a few weeks ago. JRutJierford is the prettiest runner in the jelub. having a very fine stride, and withal ,» .very large heart. * Since the formation of a Harrier Club

Jn Invercargill in 1902, amateurism has taken .' » firm, root (says "Hare"). One needs only -jto look up the number of entries received rfor the different races at the Axemen's ■ jCarnival, and he will at once see the large liumber of amateur entries received as com/pared with the professional. Then the InJberprovincial Race with Otago was held, and ;it was surprising what interest was taken *n it compared t^|h the one previously " -Iheld in Invercargill. .The V.M.C.A. Club is making an early Start- in the direction of choosing a strong *cam for th© approaching Interclub Race. 33ie' committee has asked the following to . Jpaj eoecial attention to their training during'the next couple of months:— J. Allan, G: W. Bagrie, C. Clark, C. Darling, M. ', DawsoV A. Duke, T. Gordon, 6. Heighiway, T. Laurenson, G. Mor-eton, L. Lodge, ' afc.Scott, G. S:-Sharpe, J. White. It is the kslub's intention to enter two teams, and one at least should be near the top on the deciding day. On two occasions this season the Y.M.-O.A. Barriers have succeeded in missing their ,4rain back to town from stations on the \Port line; the first occasion being a few weeks ago, when returning from St. Leonards, and on Saturday last they repeated tho performance from Ravensbom-ne, «where their run had taken place 'from the Bchool gymnasium. In the course of the run several bad patches of bush were met ■■with, one patch having a splendid undergrowth of lawyers. It would make the iruns more enjoyable if the hares in future runs would do their best to keep to the °P en# The cross-country championship of rsew South Wales will be decided at Sydney on fiaturdav. August 26. _ The 10-mile cross-country championship If Tasmania will be decided on Aiigust 19. The undermentioned records have been jpassed as New South Wales amateur records:—Two miles, 9min 33 3-ssec; three miles, 1* 54tseo; four miles, 20min 3-ssec; five miles, 25min 4 3-ssec;— all by A. A. ,Shrubb; 880 yds, lmin 56 4-ssec, by G. A. Wheatley; 220 yds, 21 4-ssec, by Nigel Barker; 100 yds, lOsec, by A. F. Duffey and 'Kicel Barker. ! The lon. secretary of the English Amateur Athletic Association, which same is Sir Charles Herbert, has been doing the kecretarial work for the association for the feast 22 years. As a practical sportsman JMr Herbert has had the benefit of that {experience invariably necessary to proper* legislative administration of amateur Kthlotics.' 1 Th© little brown man is a sudden sort fcf proposition when he takes to wrestling. The Japanese wrestler Tarro Myaki recently backed himself to thxovr Tom Connor ,

in 15 minutes or forfeit £100. The match cam© off at Liverpool a few nights before the mail left, the, Jap winning in 7min 2-sec East Melbourne Harriers had the big entry of 50 for their club Four-mile Road Race, which took place over the course on which H. G. .Whiting's record of 21min was made abewt eight ye&is ago. After his recent fine running (says "Harrier") it was thought that W. P. Steele (lOsec) might lower this time. Hp was conceding 15sec to N. F. Burrowes (25sec), and so fast did Sleele mate the pace that he caught him before the half-distance, which occupied just over lOmin. Half a mile further, however, Steele collapsed, the pace having been too much for him. Burrowes, having shown better judgment, got through to the finish in fine style, and succeeded in lowering the old record by just lsec, and gaining second place in the race, only 20 yards behind the winner. This was a youngster named Brown, who has only just taken up th© sport. When arranging their list of club runs at the beginning of the season it is usual for harrier clubs to have several dates open, and these appear on the fixture cards as "impromptu." At a meeting held by a newly-formed club, on© of the members was asked to nominate a place. "Why, Aa think," said he, "that we- might hey a run to Imnromptu; there's a lot o' clubs hey- runs to it." And he wondered why they all laughed. What one so often sees (says a fine old athlete and enthusiast, Dr A. R. Badger) is a runner standing upon, a locker, with his thigh muscles more or less hardened, and th© rubber rubbing away for dear life with a pair of flesh gloves until the skin in parts assumes the look of a recently boiled lobster. Such a method must have more effect on the mind than the muscles. Th© method I advise is for the runner to li© down flat, if possible, or at anyrat© to absolutely relax his muscles while the rubber kneads, taps, and gently pinches the muscles. This method, which is a recognised surgical one of preventing waste of muscles from dissuse, acts by causing an increased sunply of blood to the rart, the result of which is more nourishment supplied, better removal of waste products caused by previous exercise, and a warming and moistening of the tissues whereby they act more freely and easily. Athletes have had much to engage their attention from a legislative and a competitive view alike, during the month which has just gone by (says a writer in Fry's Magazine for June). On the legislative side there has been a wholesale revision of the association's rules. The A.A.A.. has also -turned a deaf ear to the application from Slouth Africa for Shrubb to extend his tour, and' for Morton to join half-way. Opinions wer© greatly divided, in the first instance, as to -the wisdom of hall-maifring Shrubb's visit, at New Zealand's expense, for the purpose of competing in colonial championships. It was in order not to appear churlish that the request was granted. Morton could hay© availed himeelf of that -permission then, but he did not do so. When the South African Association asked a similar favour the Enghsh A. A. A. ' replied politely, yet firmly, in the negative. And it is pleasing to know that the ruling body's determined attitude has met with the approval of its affiliated The English hurdle racer, A. Trafford, who has shown euch wonderful consistency of running, has never been able, owing to the cares and claims of business, to train as persistently as mast men do, but fewathletes keep themselves more fit. Trafford, like a sensible man. believes in keeping fit by natural means. All medical authorities agree that walking is th© best possible exercise; it is infinitely preferable to cycling-, the only drawback being that you cannot cover so much ground on foot as you can in th© saddle. Commenting on the whereabouts of oldtime champions, an Athletic News writer says: "Among national champions of old W. G. George, erstwhile mile champion and long-distance runner, is now a London editor; E. ?/. Parry, W. H. Morton, H. Watkins, and S. J. Robinson, all ten-mile men, are in 'the trade'; J. T. Rimmer is a Livernool policeman; F. E. Bacon, th© trainer" of Manchester United Football Team; R. W. Wadsley, trainer oo Californian University." Dark horses from everywhere except Chicago ups«t all calculations in the University of Chicago interscholastio meet o^ June 10. The weather was warm, but the atmosphere remained humid. The trade was in fair condition. Seventy-five schools were represented. New college secprds were mad© in the 100yd 9 and 880 yds Dashes, Mile Rim, and High Jump, whil© th© record in the 220 was tied. Rose, of Uaßt Park started the recoi-d-breaking when he went' the half-mil© rc;ite in 2min 2|sec. Merrian, a dark horse from Wayland Academy of Wisconsin, .was less than 2in behind at the tape. The former record was 2min 4sec. Strother.of Louisville High, won th© final of the lOOyds.Dash m lOsec flat lowering the record ctae-fifth of a second. In the shot put Kelly, of Duquom, tossed the weight 46ft 9£in. Walter Steffen, North Division, Chicago, clipped a fifth ot a second off his last year's record m the High Hurdles, taking them in 16seo flat. Butler, of Englewood, won the mile run in 4mm 40 l-ssec, the record being 4mm 40 4-sseo by Dana, of Fond dv Lao, last year. Patterson, of Detoit University School, set a new record in the High Jump by doing sft lOgin. Nichols, of Ida Grove, La., was second in tho 220 yds Low Hurdles, being beaten by Berquist, cf Morgan Park. R. G. Wac'dy, a young University runner, wen th© Three-quarter-mile Handicap from scratch in Australian record time (writes my Sydney correspondent). Th© going was heavy, rain falling during th© forenoon. Strange to say, th© previous record, held by Ken. M'Crae, in which race I ran, was also put uip on a wet day on the same tratflc. How well I remember splashing through mud, most of the runners getting "full ut>" after a- lap had gone. Waddy is quite" young, and may improve, but has not the stride of a. champion in my humble opinion — too short, not the free style on© is used to seeing in "stars." Acknowledged with ..thanks from Messrs J. J. Miller and Sons a copy of their latest issue of their well-known Sporting Pamphlet, which is replete with, information to the studlent of records.

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ATHLETICS Otago Witness, Issue 2678, 12 July 1905

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