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RVC to host Hawkshead Hobble

January 20, 2019 Jack Dickenson

The Royal Veterinary College are hosting the 3rd edition of their successful Hawkshead Hobble, a 5 and 10km race around their scenic Potters Bar campus. Taking place on Sunday March 24th, RVC promise ‘a lovely rolling course through the farmlands’, according to president Luke Gunter, and entries are priced at just £8/£10 for 5/10k (affiliated) or £10/£12 (unaffiliated). Having raised money for the Rainforest Trust and Nowzad in the past, the race is supporting a very worthy cause this year in the Potters Bar Foodbank. Previous editions of the race […]

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Welcome back

January 9, 2019 Jack Dickenson

The last of the turkey’s gone, the tree is well and truly down and students everywhere are bemoaning the start of the new term. There is some good news though, as LUCA have some afternoons of joy (read: pain) to brighten the winter months. So, here’s a glimpse of what you can look forward to from us in 2019.   Ally Pally XC AKA when you realise that 8th mince pie might not have been the greatest shout. The shortest course, but also arguably the toughest, with some killer climbs […]

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My LUCA: Henry Murdoch

December 22, 2018 Jack Dickenson

Henry Murdoch is the current president of LUCA. A UCL grad, he’s no stranger to leading – as their president last year, he guided them to cross country, indoor and even varsity success. He’s not quite the classic athletics story though, as he says he initially ‘really hated running’ before finding his feet at uni. He now runs for Highgate, and spoke to LUCA to tell us a bit about his journey. What’s your uni background? I read History with French at UCL which included a year abroad studying in Paris. […]

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Oh Captain, My Captain – nominate your LUCA Leaders

December 16, 2018 Jack Dickenson

Ever thought that despite all their nagging you to fill 17 events at indoors/making you trudge through freezing mud/setting gut-busting intervals, your club captain is actually pretty alright? If so, now’s your chance to nominate them for The Tab’s Captain of the Year 2018. They’re running a UK-wide competition to find the best uni sports captain around, so why not nominate your LUCA club captain? All you need to do is fill in a short form on The Tab website HERE. It’d be great to see LUCA represented so get […]

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Why I ran the New Forest Marathon dressed as a rhino

November 21, 2018 Seth Kennard

If you take a look at the news at the moment you could be forgiven for thinking that you’re watching repeats or recordings of unwelcome news. Famines and earthquakes, riots and strikes and politicians fill the airwaves with dreary tidings. There are several ways you can respond to such as stimuli; you could: a) stop watching the news and watch children’s cartoons instead, or b) do something about it.  After experiencing first hand the effects of rhino poaching after conducting a post mortem on a deceased rhino, I, as part […]

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Don Ritchie – The Stubborn Scotsman

July 24, 2018 Rahil Sachak-Patwa

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 […]

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LUCA Takeover I Move London Relay in world record attempt

June 21, 2018 James Findon

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 […]

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The London Marathon – My Beautiful Race

May 1, 2018 Rahil Sachak-Patwa

I step through the archway into the Championship starting area. Whereas the mass start is abuzz with excitement, here the runners are reserved, concealing their enthusiasm for the sport that consumes their lives. Most are just sitting in the large tent, conserving their energy like predators about to go out on a hunt. They don’t want to burn through valuable fuel resources walking about in the sun; they know what’s ahead of them and that they’ll need every ounce of energy they can muster when it comes to the crunch. […]

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Two marathons in two weather extremes in one week

April 24, 2018 James Findon

By Richard Sun, PhD student, QMUL. I love running and sometimes I have crazy idea, such as to do back-to-back marathons, and the two marathons are two of the bests in the world, Boston and London. Throwback to April of last year, I did my first sub-3 hours marathon in Manchester and qualified for Boston and London (Good for Age). Though there is only a 6-day gap between the two marathons, I signed up both because I couldn’t wait. The Boston Marathon is the world’s oldest annual marathon which begun […]

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Students shine in hottest London Marathon on record

April 23, 2018 James Findon

On a sweltering day in London, fifteen students and alumni from LUCA clubs lined up for the 38th London Marathon. One of these runners was Rob Pope, a former student of the Royal Veterinary College. Pope ran this year’s London Marathon dressed as Tom Hanks’ Oscar-winning character, Forest Gump, in 2 hours, 36 minutes and 28 seconds. His achievement earned him a Guinness World Record for the fastest male marathon runner in a film character costume. This wasn’t the first time Pope has run dressed as Gump, as we’ve previously reported here. There was also […]