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PORT CHALMERS TO DUNEDIN ROAD RACE.

MURRAY'S RECORD BROKEN. The eighth annual Port Qhajmers Id Dunedin road race, ■ held under the super 1 * vision of the Dunedin Harriers, was run ort Saturday afternoon in beautiful weather}, and the anticipations that Harry Murray* 1903 record^ of 43min 21sec would be broken were realised when G. M'Knight, the) Caversham Harriers' crack, reduced the! time by lmin 36sec. J. Beateon. of the] Caversham Harriers, also ran well inside; I the previous best, his time for the diew tanoe being only 11 seconds slower tibaif that of his club-mate. A big contingent of amateur enthusiasts journeyed to Port to witness the start, and after the usual rub down at the Forestenj? Hall, the runners were placed on theifi I marks Punctually at 3.45 p.m. the limH{ 1 man (Gorman) was started on his long) journey, and was well through Swwyere* J Bay before the scratch man (M T Knight) wa* I started.

From the train the first sight of the tanners was obtained at Blanket Bay, wiien it was seen that M "Knight had pulled up a good deal of his handicap. At St. Leonards Gorman was in front, running easily, followed by Jackson, Mazengarb, Love, and M'Laughlin. At Burkes, Taylor, who had been running in a nice position, caught the leaders, and he and Godman headed a tiring field, with Love and Lautreneon handy. Neaxing Ravensbourne, Beateon caught the leaders, followed by Taylor, Frew, Love, and Quelch, with the scratch man rapidly making up his handicap. 3?rom this out Beeteon was pot troubled, and ran home a winner, with A. Frew second, F. H. Taylor third, and G. M'Knight. Thirty-seven runners competed, and the following are tihe placed men : — J. Beateon <Caversham Harriers) .. .. 1 A. Frew (Caversham .Harriers) 2 P. H. Taylor (V.M.C.A. Harriers) . . 3 The placings for the fastest time are: — G. M'Knight (Caversham Harriers), 41min 45sec . .. • 1 J. Bewtson (Caversham Harriers), 41min 56sec 2 A. 1 ' Frew (Caversham Harriers), 43min 33sec 3 G. M'Knight made a new mark for this race by running the distance in 41min 456 ec, th« previous best being when Harry Murray in 1903 hoisted 43min 21sec. M'Knight has put up several grand performances this yeaT, notably the winning of the Otago Cross Country Championship and the Civil Service 10 Mile Cross Country Handicap. M J Knight should have a big claim on the Three Mile New Zealand Championship. The performance of the Caverßham Harriers in the race was very good, as they captured tihree out of the five prizes, but it is not quite so good as that which the Civil Service Club put up in 1905, when ihat club won the whole five prizes. The following are the previous winners of the race: — Previous "Winners. Fastest Time. M. S. 1902—1. W. Cowie. P. Bennett . . 46 17 1908— J. F. Frew. H. Murray .. 43 21 1904— P. Ronieril. A. Melville . 43-68 1906-tA. French. A. Melville .. 43 57 1906— J. Swanson. A. Melville .. 47 17 1907— J. V. Quelch: J. Beatson .. 43 24 190&-J. Beatson. . G. M'Knight 41 45 The officials were Messrs A. Cannon, D. Hodgson, L. West (judges), J. R. Wileou D. Melville, F. Titchener (timekeepers), J. B. Cailan (referee), and they all worked ■well to ensure the success of the race. Speoial praise is due to the ladies who proTided afternoon tea for the competitors.

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Otago Witness, Otago Witness, Issue 2843, 9 September 1908

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PORT CHALMERS TO DUNEDIN ROAD RACE. Otago Witness, Issue 2843, 9 September 1908

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