A great frost. Torpids postponed.
A great frost; the ice ten to fourteen inches thick. The Torpids skated down the river to Sandford and rowed on a short piece of open water below the lock. As the outlook seemed hopeless, the ice being strong enough to bear a coach and four, the races were postponed for a fortnight. This arrangement brought a hornets' nest about the ears of the committee, as the races would in this case clash with Moderations; and the ice breaking up very suddenly, another meeting was called, and the races postponed only for a week. As this clashed with the O.U.A.C. [OU Athletics Club?] fixtures, they were finally settled to begin on Wednesday and end the following Tuesday.
Oxford University Torpid Races
The weather on Saturday was dull, cold, and cheerless. In the second division three bumps were made. Brasenose Second were hard pressed by Pembroke from the start, and the latter eventually secured them near the Corpus barge. Oriel again went down, Wadham catching them at the boathouse. Magdalen Second were bumped by Worcester before reaching the entrance to the Cherwell. The best race, however, was between University and Exeter Second, and although the latter overlapped several times in the last 300 years they failed to touch them.
In the first division an exciting race was anticipated for the headship, but Brasenose showed better form than on Friday and led at the finish by a length. Ther was again no bump in this division, but Trinity only escaped St. John's by a couple of yards
Oxford University Torpid Races
The racing yesterday attracted an immense number of spectators. In the second division Oriel for the fifth successive time lost a place, Lincoln effecting their downfall just before reaching the New Cutting. Magdalen Second succumbed to the Unattached [St Catherine's] at Saunders-bridge; and after a desperate race with Exeter Second, who were within two or three yeards from them for the whole of the last half-mile, University passed the post two yards in advance.
In the first division New gained considerably on Brasenose up Iffley Reach, and no more than a length separated them at the Gut. This was reduced to half-a-length by the time Saunders-bridge was reached, but from that point Brasenose held their own, and, finishing with a capital spurt, they retained the leadership by half-a-length, for the third time in succession. There was no bump in this division.
The Oxford University Torpid Races
The Oxford Torpid races were brought to a successful termination yesterday. The second division started at 3 o'clock in the following order [...]. Wadham had to row hard to escape Lincoln, who put in a splendid spurt at the finish. Oriel lost their sixth place by falling to Balliol II., who secured them at the Willows.
In the first division the order of starting was [...]. All interest centred in the race for the headship between Brasenose and New College, and another magnificent struggle was witnessed. Brasenose kept well away up to the to boathouse, but after passing their barge New steadily drew up, and, putting in a splendid spurt from the Cherwell, they rapidly overhauled the leaders, who at the finish had but three yards to spare. The success of Brasenose was enthusiastically received, this being the sixth successive year they have leff off head of the rivier. There was no bump in this division.
|B:||J. Bayly||10st 5lb|
|2:||J. S. Porter||10st 10lb|
|3:||F. W. Owen||11st 13lb|
|4:||W. M. S. Moore||12st 2lb|
|5:||B. P. Browning||12st 8lb|
|6:||A. B. Nutter||12st 4lb|
|7:||A. J. Morris||10st 8lb|
|S:||C. E. Tristram||10st 12lb|
|C:||E. Edwards||8st 8lb|
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