Outrun the black dog

October 20, 2017 James Findon

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 Duncan Hunter

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 […]

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Flying High on the Pole Vault

October 16, 2017 James Findon

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 James Findon

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 […]

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New LUCA Pole Vault training group announced

October 5, 2017 James Findon

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 […]


A Tribute to Altitude Training

September 28, 2017 Daniel Woodburn

Altitude tents; elevation training masks; training programmes with names like ‘Airfit’; shots of concentrated beetroot juice taken in conjunction with training and hours before a race… These days if one wishes to get a legal edge when competing, there are many options to choose from. How effective are they? I’ll leave that for you to decide.


BUCS 10,000 Host Announced

September 26, 2017 James Findon

The Loughborough Open Meet will host the BUCS 10,000 Championships in 2018. The event split off from BUCS Outdoor Championships in 2017 due to UKA permitting regulations on timetable duration. The 2017 event was held alongside Highgate Harriers Night of the 10,000m PB’s. LUCA had applied to host the event but the BUCS sports advisory group decided to award the competition to Loughborough University. The decision was based upon a number of factors including the date of event, resource needed from BUCS office and the permit process. BUCS will review the […]


Save the date: Hyde Park Relays 2018

September 21, 2017 James Findon

Imperial College London Athletics have announce the date for Hyde Park Relays. The annual relays, the largest student relays in the UK, will be held on the 10th February 2018. The event sees over 600 competitors take on a 5K in central London’s Hyde Park. Athletes compete in men’s/mixed teams of six and women’s teams of four. The event is a highlight of the university athletics calendar and attracts student athletes from across Europe. Following the race, teams are invited back to Imperial for food and the medal presentation. All competitors […]


Changes to the Cross-Country League

September 6, 2017 James Findon

The LUCA Cross-Country League will trial a new results system this season. Previously known as the London Colleges League (LCL), the LUCA Cross-Country League will trial a ‘parkrun’ style results system in the 2017-18 season. This will require all athletes to register on the LUCA website before racing. Athletes only need to register once throughout their time at university. Upon registering, athletes will receive a unique five-character ID number starting with their initials. A list of all club athletes ID numbers can be found on the directory page of the respective […]


Train at Altitude Without Leaving London

September 5, 2017 James Findon

A London office tower block has installed a running track on its roof. The ‘White Collar Factory’, next to Old Street’s ‘Silicon Roundabout’ now features a two-lane 150-metre track. Google are set to follow its example with a 200-metre “running trial” on the roof of its planned King’s Cross HQ. The 16th-floor cushioned “rubber crumb” rooftop circuit was designed by architects Allford Hall Monaghan Morris. The track is marked with a start/finish line and lanes. Running obsessed employees will follow the anti-clockwise arrows to avoid collisions. A first in Central […]