The Oxford University Torpid Races were begun yesterday in bleak weather. A bitterly cold and strong wind blew from the West, with bursts of heavy rain.
The entries were larger than on any previous occasion, 45 crews competing as against 39 last year, and for the first time a Fourth Division was added. An innovation was the appointment of four umpires on horseback to accompany the racing, so that in the event of protests and objections, which have been very frequent of late years, the O.U.B.C. will be able to secure independent evidence in dealing with them. Magdalen, the Head of the River crew, had an easy day as Christ Church, who followed them, were bumped by New College
[Div I] Keble, however, just succeed in making their bump [on Worcester] before coming through the Gut, Corpus being right on to them at the time. As a consequence Corpus were unable to get clear, and Merton rowed past them. Merton completed the course with Oriel following a quarter of a length behind, but according to the rules Merton can claim a bump.
The Oxford University Torpid Races were continued yesterday in better conditions. No rain fell, but there was a bitterly cold north wind which blew with great force downstream. Fifteen bumps were recorded in the four divisions, but not one of them took place above the New Boathouse and there was not a single interesting finish seen by the spectators on the barges. After a good race Magdalen lost the Headship to New College.
[Div I] It was soon evident that New College were faster than Magdalen, as they had gained a length at the Ferry and very materially increased their advantage going through the Gut. Magdalen spurted at the Green Bank but New College steadily reduced the lead and ultimately made their bump just before reaching the New Cut.
The Torpid Races were concluded at Oxford yesterday, when New College, who had deprived Magdalen of the Headship on Friday, retained their position after a great race with Balliol, who finished only four years behind them. St. Edmund Hall finished third for the first time. St. Edmund Hall II., St. John's, Trinity, and Oriel II. made six bumps each in the week's racing. There were 81 bumps in all.
|B:||J. R. V. A. Bromage (Rugby)|
|2:||A. N. Parker (Harrow)|
|3:||S. R. Cawley (Eton)|
|4:||F. L. Cawley (Eton)|
|5:||R. M. Longstaff (Winchester)|
|6:||M. G. C. Ashby (Oundle)|
|7:||J. W. Evans (Winchester)|
|S:||H. Dumas (Radley)|
|C:||F. B. Richards (Repton)|
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