Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 9, No. 10. August, 7, 1946
So far the VUC Harrier Club has had a comparatively successful season, and with the intensive training schedule which at least a proportion of the club are keeping, we hope to put up a still better showing.
We have competed in five interclub races this season, and are now well established as the third strongest club in Wellington, with an opportunity of improving that position.
Our first trial in open company was in Wellington-Masterton relay, and we were a little disappointed in filling eighth place. This was partly due to a late start this season and the very gruelling nature of the contest. However, we enjoyed the part of the journey made by bus. and are all firm advocates of the Wairarapa Tunnel Scheme.
We next competed in the Anderson Rally Shield contest at Dannevirke. in an effort to retain the shield (which we have held since it was last competed for in 1940). but were beaten into third place. On the same day the Shaw Baton Relay Race was held at Miramar. but with two teams at Dannevirke we could only make a token effort locally.
In the Dorne Cup the green singlets began to show up rather better, and we finished a comfortable third, with Scottish only a few points ahead of us. Even the local press were surprised Varsity could field a strong team, and five of our club members were chosen to train for the Provincial team.
For the Vosseler Shield we had a few of our better men absent, but still managed to run third in the teams event. Hawke ran a particularly fine race to finish fourth, with Eccles close behind, seventh.
The Novice Race was held early in the season, and Eccles won in a convincing manner. He is a very promising runner who will almost certainly be picked for the Provincial team.
The Sherwood Cup contest was restored to its original locality this year and was held a Paekakariki. Over three miles of real steeplechase country. Hawke led the field home with Eccles second and Saxton third. The cup is awarded on a handicap basis and was won by McDiarmid.
Our normal Saturday runs have led us over a wide variety of country, including Karori, Seatoun, Johnsonville, Normandale, Paekakariki, Tinakori Hill and even Pencarrow. There is no doubt of the truth in our slogan: "Join the Harrier Club and see Wellington."