The Spike or Victoria University College Review 1935
The Harrier Club has increased in membership and enthusiasm during the present season and in achievement bids fair to exceed those of previous years. After four seasons of development and consolidation, the Club is emerging now to take its place with the first clubs of the city, as indicated by its placing in recent inter-club events, and particularly by the fine effort of A. G. Bagnall, who, representing Wellington in the New Zealand Championships, was third man home for the local team. Bagnall ran seventh in the Provincial Championships and sixth in the Dome Cup, in both of which events the V.U.C. team was placed sixth.
In the Club races Scrymgeour won the Novice Race in record time (15min. 1sec.), and A. Stuart the Sherwood Cup Handicap, fastest time for this race being made by M. O'Connor (17min. 39sec). The 10,000 Metre Handicap, run this year on Karori hillsides, was won in fastest time by T. Price, although a number of men unfortunately lost the course. As for weekly jaunts, new ground has been broken by a run at Tawa Flat, and one from Thorndon to Johnsonville and back, while old trails, including that to Pencarrow, have proved more popular than ever.
With much of the season yet ahead, the focus of interest is now the Inter-College Race at Christchurch on August 31st, and competition for the team has been keen. The work of Mr. G. C. Sherwood, who devotes two nights a week to training club members, is well appreciated by a number of regular attenders, and it is hoped that V.U.C. will justify the trainer's work by a good performance at Christchurch. Those chosen to make the trip are Bagnall, O'Connor, Lang, Cairns, Horsley, Cooper, Porter and Viggers.
The title of Club Champion was decided this season on the results of a series of Club and inter-club races, Bagnall's recent win in the 10,000 metre championship assuring him the position of champion of the Club. In the 10,000 metre race M. O'Connor ran second, and A. Horsley a close third.
As regards social activities, invitation runs are still a popular feature. Recently a re-union of the original members of the Club was held, and it is hoped to conclude the season with a dinner
The Vosseler Shield 10-mile inter-club race at Lyall Bay was won by A. G. Bagnall (65min. 32sec), and M. O'Connor filled sixth place—the best individual performances in inter-club races since the formation of the Club.
Advice to hand as Spike goes to press informs us of a win for Bagnall in the N.Z. University championship race at Christchurch. We record this as a splendid climax to a successful season. Victoria filled second place to Otago in the teams race.