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Illustrated Guide to Christchurch and Neighbourhood

The Canterbury Amateur Athletic Club

The Canterbury Amateur Athletic Club

Was started in 1880, with a list of 117 members; there are now 172 members on the list. The first meeting was held on the grounds of the Agricultural and Pastoral Association, in March, 1881. The Club holds a Challenge Cup, valued at 100 guineas, presented by the Ladies of Canterbury, for the competitor who wins most points at a meeting. The following are the names inscribed on the Cup at the present date:—

March, 1881.—A. S. Baker, 6 points.

October 1881.—F. W. Robinson, 10 points.

October 1882.—F. W. Robinson, 16 points.

October 1883.—F. W. Anderson, 8 points.

October 1884.—T. D. Harman, 4 points.

The winners of the Standard events are as follows:—

  • Standard, 10 2-5ths: 100 yards—March, 1881, F. W. Robinson, 11 2-5ths. October, 1881, J. L. Smith, 10 3-5ths. October, 1882, F. W. Robinson 11. October, 1883, C. H. Hamilton, 11 3-5ths. October, 1884, J. C. W. Grigg, 10 2-5ths.
  • Standard, 12 3-5ths: 120 yards—October, 1881, W. J. Webb, 12½ (5 yds.). October, 1882, A. Templar, 12 4-5ths (6 yds.). October, 1883, C. H. Hamilton, 12 3-5th. October, 1884, G. H. Helmore, 12 3-5th (5 yds.).
  • Standard, 54: 440 yds.—March, 1881, J. L. Smith, 55 2-5ths. October, 1881, J. L. Smith, 56. October, 1882, F. W. Robinson, 53 2-5ths. October, 1883, C. H. Hamilton, 55. October, 1884, E. R. Webb, 55 l-5th.
  • Standard, 2-5: ½-rnile—March, 1881, A. S. Baker, 2 20 4-5ths. October, 1881, A. S. Baker, 2 15 4-5ths. October, 1882, F. W. Robinson, 2 11½. October, 1883, F. W. Anderson, 2 9 1.5th. October, 1884, A. H. Lees.
  • Standard, 4-45: one mile—March, 1881, A. S. Baker, 5-1, October, 1881, A. S. Baker, 5. October, 1882, F. W. Anderson, 4 49 3-5ths. October 1883, J. W. T. Boys, 4 54 2-5ths. October, 1884, W. E. Mellish, 4-59.
  • Standard, 17 2-5ths: 120 yds. (hurdles)—March, 1881, A. G. Sheath, 18½. October, 1881, F. W. Robinson, 20. October, 1882, C. Newton, 19 4-5ths, October, 1383, J. Roberts, 19 2-5ths. October, 1884, J. Roberts, 18 l-5th.
  • Standard, 63: 440 yds. (hurdles)—October, 1882, F. W. Robinson, 66 3-5th. October, 1883, W. B. Craig, 72 2-5ths.page 125
  • Standard, 7-40: mile (walking)—March, 1881, H. C. Ford, 8 1 3-5ths. October, 1882, F. Archer, 7 32 3-5ths. October, 1883, F. A. Archer, 7 30 2-5ths.
  • Standard, 20ft.: Long Jump—March, 1881, L. A. Hawkes, 18 ½|. October 1881, L. A. Hawkes, 18-7. October, 1882, F. W. Robinson, 18 6½. October, 1883, T. D, Harman, 19 5. October, 1884, T. D. Harman, 181.
  • Standard, 5-5: High Jump—March, 1881, F. W. Robinson, 5 2½. October 1881, F. W. Robinson, 5. October, 1882, F. W. Robinson, 5 1. October, 1883, W. H. Newton and C. W. Bowen, 4 ll½. October, 1884, W. M. McDowall, 4-11.
  • Standard, 9-6: Pole Jump—October, 1881, J. Partridge, 10ft. October, 1882, J. Partridge, 10ft. October, 1883, J. Partridge, 10ft.
  • Standard, 33-6: Putting 161b. Shot—March, 1881, A. G. Sheath, 34-9. October, 1881, J. S. Smith, 31-8. October, 1882, J. S. Smith, 30 5½. October, 1884, B. M. Moorhouse, 32-0½.
  • Standard, 80ft: Throwing Hammer—March, 1881, C. C. Corfe, 85-10. October, 1881, W. Willis, 92 0½. October, 1882, J. S. Smith, 79-2. J. F. Wachsman, 69. October, 1883, E. M. Boulton, 76 2½.

The programme always includes three events for the boys of Christ's College and High School; and a Challenge Cup is awarded to the school which wins two out of the three events.

The Club now holds its Annual Sports meeting in October, at Lancaster Park. As the cinder-path at the park is anything but a first-class track, the records cannot be expected to be very high. Very considerable interest is taken in the sports, entries being received from no less than forty-two members at the last meeting in October, 1884, besides the entries for the College Boys' Races and the Tug-of-War.