Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 14, No. 7. June 25, 1951
Harrier Relay — Vuc Shows Improvement
Vuc Shows Improvement
In this year's Masterton road relay the VUC harriers performed well to finish fourth in a field of 11. The race was won in record time by the Moa Club from Feilding; the Scottish and Wellington Clubs (second and third) also fielded strong teams, but VUC performed creditably. The highlight of the race for us was the magnificent third lap performance by Ross Rawnsley. At the end of the second lap Varsity was lying in fifth place and Ross was asked to give the well-performing Feilding harrier R. Lambton almost 1½mins. start in spite of this handicap he caught up with the leaders and carried the team through to first place, running the 7½-mile lap from Taita to Upper Hutt in the record time of 37mins. 24secs. The previous record for this lap was 38mins. 9secs., which was held by the ex-VUC runner Clem Hawke.
With a good fourth leg by Gerry Barnard the team was a close second at the end of the fourth lap, but the uphill laps saw Varsity losing ground. On the Rimutaka Hill John Mawson was extremely unlucky in being struck by a car and he showed great courage in carrying on to complete his lap. At the top of the Rimutaka Hill the team was in fourth place—a position which was maintained to the end of the race. Anthony Gow ran the downhill lap in the fast time of 35mins. 12secs., but the team was still some distance behind the leaders and it was now obvious that Varsity could not win. The last lap saw a great tussle between Mike Truebridge (VUC) and Keith Wood (Olympic). In a desperate finish Mike held on to the lead by some 20 yards—so holding fourth place for Varsity.