Thr Torpid Races were begun at Oxford yesterday in cold weather. The Prince of Wales [later Edward VIII] ran along the towing path, cheering his college [Magdalen] crew. Thirty three crews have entered in the three divisions, two more than last year.
[Div III] Christ Church III. were hard pressed by Trinity II., who were driven along by St. Catherine's. At the Ferry the three crews were very close together, and Trinity II. claimed to have bumped Christ Church III., and St. Catherine's to have bumped Trinity II. At a meeting of the committee the claim of St. Catherine's was allowed.
[Div II] Merton succeeded in getting within a few feet of Balliol II. at the Boathouse, but at the critical moment one of the Merton crew caught a crab and this enabled Balliol II. to get away. The mishap disorganized the Merton crew and, after an exciting race, they were bumped by St. John's II. on the post.
The Torpid races were brought to a close at Oxford yesterday.
Magdalen had no difficulty in retaining the headship of the river, and passed th flag rather more than a length in front of St. John's.
During the six days' racing 55 bumps were made. Magdalen II. and Worcester made six bumps each, ... Corpus Christi lost six places.
|B:||W. L. Vince||10st 5lb|
|2:||J. B. Scott||11st 3lb|
|3:||R. Congreve Pridgeon||10st 13lb|
|4:||M. C. Blake||11st 1¾lb|
|5:||W. L. F. Brown||12st 5¼lb|
|6:||L. B. Angas||11st 5lb|
|7:||J. B. Cavanagh||10st 1½lb|
|S:||K. J. Campbell||11st 5lb|
|C:||M. E. Park||8st 9¾lb|
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