What to expect from University Athletics in London

News
August 16, 2018

Results are in and you’re heading to London for university. CONGRATULATIONS AND WELCOME! You will be joining 400,000 other students who call London their home and over a thousand who are part of LUCA. As you’ve found this website, chances are that you are keen on getting involved in athletics and running. 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 22 university athletics clubs and the services we offer. Who are we? LUCA is […]

Don Ritchie – The Stubborn Scotsman

Featured
July 24, 2018

If searching for the longest standing world records in athletics, you will most likely be pointed to Jarmila Kratochvílová’s 800m at the 1983 World Championships. If you dig further still, you may come across Donald ‘Don’ Ritchie, who, on 28th October 1978, ran 100 kilometres around the Crystal Palace track in 6 hours,10 minutes and 20 seconds. To put that into perspective, he averaged a pace of quicker than 6 minutes per mile, or just under 1m29s per lap for 250 of them. This record stood for just short of […]

LUCA Takeover I Move London Relay in world record attempt

Inspire
June 21, 2018

LUCA has partnered with the I Move London Relay to help break a world record by running 4000 miles across London to tackle homelessness and gang culture. Organisers behind the I Move London Relay are hoping running fans and exercise shirkers alike will lace up their trainers in a bid to bring the capital together. SIGN UP HERE. It is hoped the race will break the world record for the longest continuous running relay and people from all 120 postcodes and 32 boroughs in London are wanted to take part. Each […]

Awards ceremony concludes a record breaking season

News
June 11, 2018

The 2018 university athletics season concluded with the LUCA awards. Athletes and volunteers from across the LUCA community came to Bush House to celebrate the achievements across a record breaking year. In a season which witnessed the biggest ever Indoor and Outdoor championships, there was always going to be a lot to celebrate. The evening was hosted by Alex and Hamish Mundell, who provided laughs, recaps of the year’s highlights and a few cheeky sips of whiskey during acceptance speeches. This year, the awards included the inaugural induction to the Hall […]

King’s win Outdoor Series Championship

News
May 27, 2018

King’s won the fourth Outdoor Series Championship at a warm sunny day in Battersea. Knowing that the outdoor series title was pretty much in the bag, this meet was all about winning the University of London championship as well. King’s didn’t want to become the first team not to win the double of LUCA and UL championships. Throughout the day, the title position oscillated between UCL and King’s. But the relay’s changed it all. King’s took first place in the men’s and women’s 4X100 and 4X400. The UL title was […]

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A Tribute to Altitude Training

by Daniel Woodburn in Advice

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.
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Competitions

  • 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. […]