From the diary entry of Clarence Hare, the assistant steward on the Discovery, for 08/11/02 (not 09):
The Antarctic Sports were held to-day, in honour of His Majesty the King’s Birthday. The morning was not very fine, so they did not commence until afternoon. At 8 a.m. the ship was ‘dressed’, a string of flags was hoisted on each mast, and a silk Union Jack (presented by Sir George Nares K.C.B.) was hoisted on Hut Point. At noon a Royal Salute was fired with 21 distress rockets. After dinner the following events were run off: toboggan race, weight putting, sledge dragging on foot (six men to a team, 200 lbs per man, half a mile), ‘Ski’ running down slope, and a tug of war. Some events have been postponed until Saturday next.