The Mindset of a Runner

October 16, 2016 Rahil Sachak-Patwa

At the elite level, there is a nature versus nurture debate in long distance running. Specifically, the question many people ask is, “why are East African runners so good?” Although many scientists have tried to answer this question, the running community is still unsure on the whole. Geneticists have shown that there are ‘athlete genes’, which predispose some people to be better runners than others, for instance determining how much athletes benefit from training. All thing considered though, we are all genetically very similar. If most people have the ability to […]


Run to Explore

September 30, 2016 Rahil Sachak-Patwa

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 sport for me is that whilst running I can explore. The word ‘explore’ is defined as travelling through an unfamiliar area to learn about it and that is exactly what running enables you to do. I tried to start running on a number of occasions before I joined my university’s running club, and I […]


New season, New You

September 24, 2016 Louise Pech

As the cross country season is about to start, you might be deciding whether athletics is the sport for you. Or if you already know that you like athletics, perhaps you’re questioning if the event you have been working on fits you. If you are in the first category, don’t hesitate! You can’t go wrong with athletics. Due to the range of events available, I can assure you that one will work for you. Whether you like speed, distance, jumping or throwing, athletics will be the right choice. And if you feel like […]


Fun Run? A Guide To Getting Started.

September 4, 2016 admin

My idea for this article came from my brother, a self-professed non-runner. Having recently tackled his first run in 6 years, his question was quite clear – “how long will it take me to be able to run without pain?”. While this is of course difficult to answer exactly because everyone is different, it seems valuable to look at possible answers so that newbies can get their bearings. First of all, running (or any sport for that matter) is challenging, especially when you first start. Yet running for fun doesn’t need […]


How To Eat Like An Olympian

September 2, 2016 Jay Reynolds

With a bumper year at the Olympics – Team GB’s best haul of medals since the 1908 London games – many of us will be inspired to get out and do more sport in the run up to Tokyo 2020. Whilst the majority will not quite be training at the same level as an Olympian, if you wished to, you would need to eat like one. So here’s how: Snack like a sprinter The world’s fastest man, Jamaica’s Usain Bolt, is obviously primarily famous for his record breaking times in […]


Get your colour on with the Colour Run

August 31, 2016 Emma Butcher

Have you ever felt like a 5km run was a bit…well, boring? Well fear no more: Colour Runs are here to brighten your day! Touted as the ‘happiest 5km on the planet’, Colour Runs involve a 5K running route with a vast spectrum of colourful powder along the way (see below for an example colour explosion). They have taken place all over the world and have been received with great success, so I headed to the Wembley arena earlier this summer to check out the latest London event. With another London Colour […]


The rise of the Midnight Runners

August 29, 2016 James Findon

Running clubs may be on the decline, but running communities are on the rise. No better example of the rapid growth in running communities is there than the Midnight Runners. Within 15 months, the group has gone from 15 runners to over 400. I’m a regular club runner, but one of my colleagues has spoken so highly of the Midnight Runners group that I decided to give it a go and compare the two experiences. So, for the last two months, I’ve been running with the Midnight Runners every Tuesday evening at their 10K Music […]


Congratulations, A-Level students!

August 18, 2016 James Findon

Today, A-Level students open an envelope and find out their results. If you’re reading this, chances are you’ve got the grades to come to London to study at one of our 40 higher education institutions. If so, congratulations and welcome to a student family 400,000 strong. You’re probably also here because you’re interested in athletics. Well, you’re in luck. LUCA is the home of University athletics in and around London. It is a federation of over 20 university athletics clubs that organises competitions and works to improve the sport in […]


UCL RAX en España

June 26, 2016 Emma Butcher

By Peter Chambers, Henry Murdoch, Rahil Sachak-Patwa & Sarah Murphy   Fresh from winning LCAS 2016, UCL RAX members celebrated by jetting off for their inaugural warm weather training trip still dripping in champagne, and accompanied by alumni and friends. There is no better place to recuperate after a challenging LUCA year and exam season than the sunny beaches of the Valencian region in Spain. The group stayed in a villa set at the foot of the Albir mountains and overlooking the sun-ripened Mediterranean, which was fully equipped with a […]


Parkrun: an event for everyone

June 23, 2016 Rhianna Madden-Hansle

If, like me, you are trying to improve your fitness but struggle to find the motivation to run by yourself – parkrun has the solution for you! With over 900,000 runners participating in parkrun events across the world, parkrun connects runners of all abilities, from beginners to Olympians. Parkrun organise 5KM runs every Saturday that are completely free! All parkrun events are timed, providing a great way to monitor your fitness and speed. What’s better encouragement than crossing the finish line in a faster time or noticing you aren’t as tired at […]