Welcome, new students!

August 17, 2017 James Findon

Results are in and you’re coming to London for uni. CONGRATULATIONS AND WELCOME! You will be joining 400,000 other students who call London their home. As you’ve found this website, chances are that you are keen on getting involved in athletics and running during your time at University. Whether you are a seasoned competitive athlete or a couch potato aiming for their first 5K, read on to learn about our growing community of 21 university athletics clubs and the services we offer. Who are we? LUCA is the home of university […]


Nominate for England Athletics Volunteer awards

August 1, 2017 James Findon

Nominations close soon for the 10th year of England Athletics’ volunteer awards. Each of 8 regions select winners who attend a special Regional Awards Celebration Ceremony between September and October. These winners are then entered into the National Awards, with the overall winners invited to the 2017 NationalAwards and Hall of Fame Ceremony at the Ricoh Arena on Saturday 14th October. The awards are an opportunity to recognise the everyday hero in your club or group by nominating them for a volunteer award. The awards are supported by Track & Field Tours and Spirit […]


Tributes paid to ‘legendary’ Bob Smith

August 1, 2017 James Findon

“The impact of his work in the sport as a volunteer and a professional will continue to be felt and remembered” Tributes have been paid to athletics stalwart Bob Smith who has died from cancer. Smith was manager of the London Region and advised on the founding of LUCA and the London Colleges Athletics Series (now LUCA Outdoors). As a volunteer and member of England Athletics staff and as a coach and manager at Newham and Essex Beagles, Smith made a huge contribution to the sport. He held roles at England […]


Gemili ‘trying to run with one leg’ to gain world champs place

July 31, 2017 James Findon

Former UEL student, Adam Gemili said he was ‘trying to run with one leg’ when forced to compete at British trials for a place in the world championships team.   The three-times European gold medallist missed out on Olympic bronze at Rio last summer by three thousandths of a second. However, struggling with a hamstring injury after competing at the world relay championships in the Bahamas in April, Gemili wasn’t able to impress selectors at British Trails. Gemili will still compete as part of the 100m relay squad. Speaking to the […]


Why is Bolt so fast? Find out this weekend.

July 28, 2017 James Findon

Why is Usain Bolt the fastest man alive? Why do Jamaican athletes dominate track and field? Is it genetics? Environment? Diet? Or a combination of all three? You’ll find the answers to these questions and much more as “Athletics Meets Science – Jamaica’s pursuit to greatness” takes place on the 28th and 29th of July at The University of East London. This special two day event (produced by We Are Parable for the University of West Indies, Jamaica) takes a fascinating look into just what makes Jamaican athletes such a […]

Get involved

Join the LUCA Committee

July 13, 2017 James Findon

There are eight committee positions available for students and alumni. The new committee was elected at the AGM in May, but several positions remain unfilled. Applications are now open to be considered by the executive committee. Joining the committee is an excellent way of gaining new skills and contributing to the athletics community. Job roles vary in their level of commitment and all committee members receive a free Nike LUCA shirt. See below for a list of the avaialble roles and their job descriptions. Apply by application here. Applicants may […]

Get involved

Young leaders to gather in London

July 11, 2017 James Findon

Young athletics leaders from all over Europe will gather in London ahead of the World Championships in August. Committee members from LUCA affiliated clubs are invited to come together with leaders from across Europe. The free gathering for Young Leaders spans across the days of the 7th-10th of August inclusive. Attendees can sign up for individual. The aim of the gathering is to share experiences, network across countries and cover topics including leadership, teamwork and inclusivity. All of this will take place in a chilled, fun, social manner around the Olympic Park (outdoors) […]

Get involved

Provisional 2017-18 fixtures announced

July 10, 2017 James Findon

Preliminary dates and venues have been announced for the LUCA Cross-Country League and Indoor Championships. As per tradition, the first cross-country fixture will be held at Parliament Hill in October. Competitors will then travel to Mitcham Common (1nd Nov) and Wimbledon Common (15 Nov) fort the University of London Cross-Country championships and Bannister Cup. Later in November is the LUCA Indoor Championships at Lee Valley on the 25th. This will incorporate the 150th edition of the United Hospitals Championships and the University of London Indoor Championships. UCL will fighting to retain […]


Six reasons why you should join Motspur today

June 15, 2017 James Findon

Motspur AC is the official alumni club, exclusively for graduates from LUCA affiliated university athletics clubs. As a member, you’ll get some great benefits, all for just £20 per year. Plus, if you join by the 27th June, you get £5 off your first year. But why should you join? 1. The vests are dope. Super smart, super red, super cheap (just £19) and super comfortable. You should join just for the vest. #redarmy   2. Compete at LUCA for free That’s right, as a Motspur member, you get to compete […]


New kids on the block: St George’s become ratified

June 14, 2017 James Findon

St George’s Student Union have ratified a new athletics club, three years after the previous club dissolved. The new club will be led by medical student and ex GB sprinter, Somto Eruchie. St George’s is a medical school based in Tooting, South London. It is a constituent college of the University of London and a founder member of the now defunct ‘United Hospitals Athletics Club’ St George’s won the second edition of the United Hospitals Athletics Shield in 1868 and won it most recently in 2005. The club then dissolved in 2015. Since […]