Outrun the black dog

October 20, 2017

The ‘Black Dog’ has long been used as a metaphor for depression and other forms of mental ill-health. Over a quarter of students at UK universities are living with a Black Dog of their own. However, as many as half will never disclose this to their university and thus may miss out on vital support resources. To shine a light on these issues and to promote the benefits of running for mental wellbeing, King’s Athletics are hosting a one-off 5K run called Outrun the Black Dog.  King’s Athletics hope to champion […]

Bowden and Olley take first in season opener at Parliament Hill

October 19, 2017

On 18/10/2017, UCL hosted the first LUCA cross-country race of the 2017/18 season. The weather was slightly damp, but refreshing and without rain, with the course not being as muddy as it may have been considering the recent stormy weather. The course was changed from previous years, having a shorter lap distance but with women completing 2 laps and men completing 3 (instead of 1 & 2). There were a fantastic 259 runners participating, with 146 men and 113 women. This led to a total of 58 teams, 29 in […]

Flying High on the Pole Vault

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October 16, 2017

By Agustina Singh & Alex Yeo (LSE) Pole vaulting is not a sport for the faint-hearted. Besides requiring a certain amount of courage to charge down the runway holding a really long piece of fibre glass, pole vaulters have to combine the speed of a sprinter, power of a jumper, and the grace of a gymnast, in order to make a successful jump. Last Sunday, athletes made their way to the world-class Lee Valley Athletics Centre for the very first LUCA pole vault training session. This is part of a 6-session […]

Beerienteering on the streets of London

October 8, 2017

Join the University of London Athletics Club for ‘beerienteering’ in Russell Square today. Working in teams, students from across London will hunt for points. Challenges may involve seeing off a few (alcoholic and soft) beverages along the way. The winning 3 teams will receive prizes.  After the main event, ULAC will host a social at Student Central and a night out at Roxy afterwards. Exclusive drinks deals are available at both venues. The event is a perfect way to mingle with students from across London and to engage in the wider athletics […]

New LUCA Pole Vault training group announced

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October 5, 2017

LUCA is proud to announce a new pole vault training group for London students. Novice and experienced vaulters will have the opportunity to train with a qualified coach at Lee Valley Indoor Athletics Track every Sunday, leading up to the LUCA Indoor Championships in November. Most clubs struggle to provide pole vault coaching due to the specialised nature of the event and high coaching fees. The training group will bring students from across London together to train. The group is open to all athletes from clubs who have registered for […]


Run to Explore

by Rahil Sachak-Patwa in Advice

When people ask me why I run, I can list many reasons; it keeps you fit, I like competing, it’s sociable and the list goes on and on. But perhaps the most appealing aspect of [...]


  • The LUCA Outdoor Series is London’s three match athletics series held between March and May. Athletes compete for points in a ‘diamond league’ format with the points also adding to their university’s total. The university [...]
  • The LUCA London Colleges League is London’s historic cross-country league for universities in London. Held across five races over two terms, students compete for individual and team success. Previously named the ‘LCL’, the league gives students the chance to race in some of London’s finest parks and measure their improvement over the season … and the years. […]

  • The LUCA Indoor Championships is held at Lee Valley at the end of the first semester every year. Athletes compete for individual and team success. The championships incorporate the United Hospitals Shield and University of London Championships. […]