Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 18, No. 9. July 1, 1954
With the first six teams finishing within 14 minutes of each other, this year's Wellington to Masterton relay resulted in probably the keenest and most exciting competition since the race's inception in 1946. It also resulted in a win for Victoria, the first ever in this event, and, even if we say so ourselves, a deserved one.
The race was not without its moments, however, for right from the beginning the club was chasing the leaders following the near disastrous first lap, when a, torn muscle reduced Colin Candy to a painful hobble and Vic. to ninth place. Good efforts by Peter Joyce. John Mahon and Bob Crocker and John Hunt, with a determined uphill lap by Tim Beagle-hole, somewhat retrieved the situation and brought Vic. up into second place, only a few seconds behind the leaders. By the end of the punishing downhill lap into Featheraton a blistered Tony Gow had managed to catch the Palmerston North team and gave Vic. a narrow lead for the first time in the race. With Dick Gilberd. Mike Trucbridge and Graeme Stevens, three of the Club's best, running the last laps, our opponents were given no chances and our team came in some three and a half minutes clear of second-place getters.
Afternoon tea, a visit to a brewery and an invitation to the Daniel's residence for tea completed a most enjoyable and successful day.
Once again success has been due largely to the good average runners than to the brilliance of any one individual. Hero lies the club's strength and provided all are fit, Vic. may well retain the Dorne Cup next Saturday.