Swimming Sports 1913 Evesham Journal

Held at the Bathing Lake behind Westington Mill.

Evesham Journal Report Transcribed by Tess Taylor.

Lovely weather favoured the school on Saturday last when a series of sports arranged by the committee came off at the Swimming Lake before a most interested audience. The competitors included also representatives from the Scouts & Boys’ Brigade. Mr C.R.Ashbee arranged the handicaps & some close finishes resulted. The arrangements for the sports were kindly carried out by Mr. H. Hugh Walford to whom the school is particularly indebted for the afternoon’s success, also to the ladies who kindly provided sumptuous refreshments. Messrs. A. Miller and J. Clark also assisted the starters and judges.

In the high jump Reid obtained first place and┬áHazelton second after a capital competition. Ellis was first in the junior high jump, followed by Taylor. The diving easily fell to Taylor, who showed particularly good style; Jones and Taylor for second place, were called upon for another attempt, when the latter proved the better. A large number entered for the beginners’ race handicap, which was swum in two heats. Eventually Tredwell secured a first place and Williams second. In the open single length handicap, Fry who had three seconds start got home a second before Ellis, who gave him five seconds. The obstacle race gave rise to much excitement. Hazelton was first through the water, but encountered a high bank and was passed at the first fence by Leech I. The biscuits proved fairly dry and weeded out many. Finally Leech I, closely followed by Leech II beat Hazelton under the bar. The challenge cup went to Ellis, of the Grammar School on points, with the aggregate medal. Mrs Hugh Walford kindly distributed the prizes & the Headmaster called for cheers for all those who had done so much to make the sports such a success.

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