Lancaster University has defeated the University of York at this year’s edition of the annual Roses competition.
The yearly sports competition between Lancaster and York, the red and white roses, ended yesterday with Lancaster’s victory with a margin of eighty-two points.
The Roses competition, now into its fifty-second year, is the largest inter-varsity sporting event on the continent. Following York’s victory at home last year, Lancaster succeeded in its own home victory over the weekend. Historically, York leads the score by twenty-six victories to Lancaster’s twenty-five.
This year ended with Lancaster scoring 216.5 points versus York’s 134.5 points. Last year, York earned 227.5 points against Lancaster’s 141.5 points. Wet weather caused the cancellation of some outdoor events, leading to the minimum victory score being lowered from 179 to 176 points, but by the middle of the afternoon yesterday, it was impossible for York to equalise Lancaster’s score.
Alongside students in other sports, the University of York’s Chancellor Professor Sir Malcolm Grant, the Vice-Chancellor Koen Lamberts and the University of York Student Union (YUSU) President competed against Lancaster’s Chancellor The Right Hon. Alan Milburn, Vice-Chancellor Professor Mark E. Smith and Lancaster University Student Union (LUSU) President William Henley in lawn bowls.
On the way home, the bus carrying many of York’s sporting competitors and the YUSU President Ben Leatham broke down, forcing the group to shelter in a local pub until a second bus arrived on the scene.