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150 years of United Hospitals Athletics

November 22, 2017 James Findon

Before the modern Olympic movement there was the United Hospitals Athletics Club (UHAC). UHAC itself may no longer be operational, but the United Hospitals Athletics Championships which it organised are still very much alive. On May 31, 1867, the UHAC was formed at the West Brompton running grounds by Mr S Edwin Jolly. Since then, notable committee members have included Sir Roger Bannister, Dr Peter Sperryn and David Morgan. The annual meeting hosted by UHAC featured events such as the 100 yards, 250 yards,  880 yards, 1 mile, 2 miles, 120 yard Hurdle […]

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Indoor champs timetable change

November 21, 2017 James Findon

Due to the record breaking number of entries, the indoor championships timetable has been revised. The event will last approximately two hours longer than planned to accommodate the unexpectedly large number of competitors. Of course, it would help if runners were just a bit faster, as RVC’s Seth Kennard pointed out. Download a copy of the timetable here.   Follow the build up to indoor championships here.

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Life Through Corridors of Uncertainty

November 21, 2017 James Findon

An autobiography can tell us much about the world as witnessed through the eyes of the writer.  When that writer is Honorary Chairman of the University of London Athletics Club, David Morgan, the result is the closest thing we have to a history book of London university athletics. David Morgan, 72, interleaves historical accounts of his life in sport with challenging political views and tributes to sporting heroes across several sports. The man who became Honorary Chairman of ULAC in 2015 and who had the LUCA Indoor Championship Trophy named […]

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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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Record number of entries to indoor championships

November 20, 2017 James Findon

A record number of 276 athletes have entered LUCA Indoor Championships. In total, 24 clubs will be represented, including 14 guest athletes and 3 alumni. 586 individual event entries have been made. This beats last years record of 240 athletes. King’s are the largest team with 60 athletes. Imperial are covering the most events with 187 individual events entered. 17 men’s and 10 women’s 4X200 teams have been entered. The men’s 60m and 200m are the most popular events with 63 and 62 entries respectively. A list of all entires […]

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Barts take Bannister cup, results from UL Championship

November 16, 2017 Duncan Hunter

Wimbledon Common once again saw the University of London Cross-Country championships and Bannister Cup take place, on 15/11/17, the last LUCA XC League race of 2017. On what was a dreary, muddy course Philippa Bowden of Brunel once again stormed to victory in the women’s individual race with a time of 16:49, ahead of Georgie Hartigan and Typhaine Christiaen of Saint Mary’s and LSE respectively. In the men’s individual, Saint Mary’s took 1st and 2nd again, with Daniel Jarvis and Liam Burthem leading the race, followed by Maximillian Nicholls of […]

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King’s and London City to host innovative relay event

November 8, 2017 admin

King’s Athletics and London City AC will co-host a new relay competition in London next summer. The competition, called ‘London Relays’, will see athletes compete across a variety of different relay events in a one-day championship on June 10. Although the exact format of the relays have yet to be announced, it is understood the event takes inspiration from Usain Bolt’s Nitro Games and will therefore seek to offer a thrilling programme of different relay events. The one day championship event will include a mixture of sprint, distance, mixed and medley relays in different […]

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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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Bowden wins again, Campbell and Jarvis take the win and second for Saint Mary’s

November 3, 2017 Duncan Hunter

On a chilly day on the 1st of November, 76 Women and 124 Men gathered from a collection of universities to race in the second installment of the LUCA Cross-Country League at Mitcham Common. The weather was dry, with the course hard in places following good weather over the previous week, with it being fairly warm for this time of year. The race started with runners watching out for pot holes, and while serious injury is always unwanted, for the first time first aid cover was provided in the unlikely […]

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African athletics on the rise

November 2, 2017 Daniel Woodburn

  Take a look at athletics on the world stage ever since it has been gripped by professionalism, and you will notice a number of trends. Arguably the two most persistent are the U.S and Jamaica vying for top-dog status in the sprinting discipline, and Kenyans and Ethiopians looking to get one over each-other in the 5k, 10k and marathon. Despite this last example, attributed to the two east-African countries being exceptionally mountainous, one might be surprised at the relative lack of African success in other disciplines. Though it may […]