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LUCA set to feature at Night of the 10,000s

July 5, 2019 Jack Dickenson

 ‘The world’s most exciting track meet‘ is back with a bang this Saturday 6th of July, as thousands are once again expected to descend on Parliament Hill for the 7th edition of the Night of the 10,000 PBs. Having attracted 8,000 spectators, as well as over 50,000 watching online, you could say that the atmosphere might be more Glastonbury than the usual serenity of Hampstead Heath come the last few races.  The remarkable thing is, this isn’t organised by some big events company or a national governing body, but an […]

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LUCA Awards and AGM: Save the date

April 9, 2018 James Findon

LUCA is proud to announce preliminary details of this years AGM, awards and afterparty. The AGM and awards evening will be held at Bush House on Sunday 27th May. King’s College will host the evening at the newly refurbished Bush House, Aldwych, WC2B 4RD The event will start with the AGM at 3pm. Everyone is invited to attend. The meeting will start with the executive committee presenting an overview of the year and the results of the competition surveys. Members can submit motions to be debated and voted on at the […]

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UCL organises 50k bleep test in support of BEAT

March 7, 2018 Daniel Woodburn

  Are you experiencing Hyde Park relay withdrawal symptoms after the “beast from the east” cruelly led to the cancellation (or rather hopeful postponement) of the 2018 edition last Saturday? Then you’re in luck: UCL is organising a 50k bleep test in the very same location this Saturday, March 10th. Consisting of 10 five-kilometre laps, this event might not appear to be for the faint of heart at first sight. However, the objective is not to run 50 kilometres so much as to last as long as you can. Each […]

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Fully funded officials course opens

February 5, 2018 James Findon

LUCA is providing a fully funded officials course for its members. The course will take place on Saturday 10th March 2018 at Guy’s Campus, King’s College London. The £70 fee will be covered in full by LUCA in return for officiating at two LUCA Outdoors Meets in the 2017-18 season. To apply for funding and find out more, click here. Funding will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.

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Indoors: Donate your old running gear to Uganda

November 20, 2017 James Findon

Athletes are being encouraged to donate their old running gear at LUCA Indoors. A donation point will be available at Lee Valley this Saturday for students to drop off old athletics gear. LUCA will ship donated items to the Namakwa Athletics Club in Uganda. Namakwa athletics club is a school based running club which currently has 52 runners. The club scouts for needy and talented runners in Uganda to educate, feed, accommodate and develop their talents. The club is managed by teacher, coach and athlete, Mukasa Edward. Edward said “Me and […]

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Indoor Championships 2017: Registration open

November 5, 2017 James Findon

Registration is now open for the third edition of the LUCA Indoor Championships at Lee Valley on the 25th November. The competition will incorporate University of London Indoor Championships and the 150th edition of the United Hospitals Athletics Championships. The ‘UH Shield’ was first awarded in 1867 and is the longest running modern track and field championship, predating the modern olympic games by 29 years. The three competitions (LUCA Champs, UL Champs and UH Champs) are run in parallel. There are no separate races for each competition. Instead, points are allocated according […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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IAAF World Athletics 2017 – ‘Runner’ for a week

August 22, 2017 Emma Butcher

Written by Emma Simpson-Dore, UCL graduate, former LUCA Official’s Secretary and UCL Athletics Captain.
In September last year, I discovered that the IAAF World Athletics were taking place in London in 2017. After hearing great things about the volunteering experience at the 2012 Olympics, I was keen to apply to be a ‘Runner’ (the name given to all the volunteers).
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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 […]