Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 2, No. 12. June 28, 1939
Varsity harriers did not fare well in the Dorne Cup race of 5 miles at Hutt Park last Saturday, when the team finished sixth, nine teams competing. The weather conditions were by no means ideal for racing, and they certainly tested the keenness and hardiness of harriers. Rain during the week and further heavy showers immediately before the race made much of the course rather boggy.
Although in the total points scored, the Club was well down, two runners. Newall and Scrymgeour finished ninth and tenth respectively. In a field of 196 runners but the others in the team filled low places, Palmer, Varsity's third man home, being in the forties. De la Mare again ran well, and Farquhar showed a return to form. Caird and Brewer were rather disappointing on the day, filling ninth and tenth places for the Club. Caird has been out of action of late, and did not have much time to prepare for the race. Brewer seemed unable to adapt himself to the prevailing conditions.
Although at first glance sixth place seems a very poor performance, when compared with those of the other teams Varsity's 541 points were not quite so bad. Scottish won easily with 134 points, and after that the points of the next six teams ranged from 420 to 543 so that they were comparatively close together, as in a race of this kind 123 points is not a great difference between the best and the worst of six teams. This shows that at this stage Varsity is holding its own with some of the best clubs in Wellington and is superior to others.