Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington N.Z. Vol. 2, No. 18. September 20, 1939
It is with feelings of regret that the members of the Harrier club view the rapid approach of the end of the season. The Endeavour Cup contest marked the completion of the racing programme, but there yet remain two club runs before the season is finally brought to a close. Scrymgeour is club champion for the third year in succession with Newall runner-up. Although on perusing the actual results in open competition it appears that the season has been a failure, this is far from being a true Indication of the club's position. The membership has now grown to ever fifty, probably more than in any previous season, while the average attendance, too, has shown a marked improvement. The members all showed a healthy enthusiasm and amongst the large number of new members there was in evidence quite a supply of harrier talent. That more success did not attend the runners' efforts is due largely to the fact that they were for the most part inexperienced, as it is only after several seasons in the sport that big things can be expected.
So much for the attaining of hon ours. From the recreational and nodal viewpoints the season can be said to have been an outstanding success. The runs covered the usual variety of courses for as far north as Paekakariki and Silverstream, including practically all the available land around the city and the favourite endurance test to Pencarrow. The consistently good attendances proved that all these runs were extremely popular. At several runs we were pleased to see some of our former prominent members and it is gratifying to see thorn still taking a keen interest in our activities.
Perhaps in no other sport can the social side be weldod so closely and so successfully with the active sporting side as in harriors where invitation runs assist so much in promoting the true club spirit. This year as usual a band of good friends rallied round and showed warm hospitality in entertaining us with very accept able afternoon teas. After a run for an hour or so outdoors on a wintry day nothing is more welcome than a cup of tea in homely surroundings. We wish to sincerely thank all these people for their generosity and assure them that the club could not hope to function successfully without them. Our coach, Mr. G. C. Sherwood, is also deserving of praise and gratitude, not only for giving us two invitation runs, but for unstintingly sacrificing his time and energy as coach and adviser to the club.
In the N.Z.U.C.C.C. race at Auckland, Victoria was no match for the opposition. We offer our congratulations to the Auckland team on Its fine win, and also to G. Koefoed, the new N.Z. Varsity champion.
Our gratitude is due too to our hosts during the Tournament who went to great pains to make the team's stay in their city an enjoyable
Although this function lapsed through lack of support last year, its revival was heralded by a very successful gathering this year. About twenty-four members and friends gathered at the Grand Hotel after the Endeavour Cup race when all the hardships of that gruelling encounter wore forgotten in the enjoyment of an excellent repast. The assemblage included Mr. G. F. Dixon, who presided. Mr. G. C. Sherwood, coach. Mr. R. Spence, representing the Welling ton harrier sub-committee, and Messrs. N. Clare and D.Viggars, two foundation members of the club in 1932.