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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria University College, Wellington N.Z. Vol. 20, No. 13. September 12, 1957



On Tuesday, 20th, 32 "good men and true" travelled to Ellerslic Racecourse to do battle for the N.Z.U. cross-country title. By no stretch of the imagination could one call this course "cross-country". The ground was dry, flat, fast and well grassed.

The first man out was Davies, of V.U.C., and he led the field as it moved off the racecourse. After the first halfmile Aimer, of A.U.C., moved into the lead and was never headed. He ran extremely well and increased bis lead gradually throughout the whole race.

At the end of the first lap V.U.C. were in a handy position, with Creed 7th. Davies 9th. Gow 10th, and Gaudin 11th. Walkey was losing ground after a good start, and O'Brien was well back and in no position to offer a serious challenge. As the field came back to the racecourse Gaudin moved through to 5th, and the order remained the same until half-way in the third lap.

In the final lap, most of the V.U.C. men kept their positions, with Creed finding a little extra stamina to bring him through to 7th.

The other colleges were also changing their positions, and Auckland improved quite considerably. At the finish it was: Aimer (A.U.C.) I, Beauchamp (C.U.C.) 2. Murray (O.U.) 3. Riddiford (A.U.C.) 4. Roberton (A.U.C.) 5. Gow (V.U.C.) 6. The rest of the Victoria team finished as follows: Creed 7, Gaudin 8. Davies 11. Walkey 24. O'Brien 26. Auckland took the teams race with 19 points, and Vic. were second with 32.

After the race, one and all adjourned to the Ellerslic beer garden for a drunken shambles that continued at the Harrier Dinner.