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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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Outdoor Series, Vitality Westminster Mile and Annual Awards

June 11, 2019 admin

Another year, another successful LUCA Outdoor Athletics Series. Fresh from their seasons on the country and racing indoors, the London Universities and Colleges descended on the iconic Parliament Hill tartan to begin the proceedings. The main event of the first meet was the lesser-spotted 10,000m Championships, giving athletes a rare opportunity to test themselves over the 10k distance in near ideal circumstances- useful for any athletes wishing to compete at BUCS or other exclusive events. The men’s edition was won by Imperial’s Henry Hart in 33’22” ahead of UCL’s Constantinos […]

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Hobble Hits the Heights

March 31, 2019 Jack Dickenson

Last Sunday, the RVC put on the third edition of their Hawkshead Hobble 5 and 10k races around their Potters Bar campus. It sounds as though it went incredibly well, so see the following report from race directors Luke Gunter and Eleanor Evans: “The Hawkshead Hobble 2019 was a resounding success, and we are incredibly grateful to everyone that helped our event run smoothly. We would firstly like to say thank you to our amazing sponsors, Orbital Climate Solutions and Health & Vitality Centre Welwyn Garden City. The massage therapy was […]

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Battersea Bleep Test Bonanza for Beat

March 2, 2019 Catriona Rennison

Exactly one year ago, some fundraising lunatics over at UCL came up with a brilliant idea. What if we took the bleep test and made it….longer? Harder? And did it all for charity? And so the Bleep Test Bonanza for BEAT was born. 5km laps of a beautiful London park, with the first lap set at 40 minutes, and each lap time decreasing until the final, 10thlap at a brutal 19 minutes. In its inaugural year, 40 people entered into this madness, and completed at least one lap of the […]

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Reclaiming Running

March 1, 2019 Ula Krajinska

This article discusses eating disorders. If you are affected by anything mentioned here, you can find support links at the bottom of the page. My name is Ula and I am in my second year at King’s studying nursing, as well as being a committee member for King’s Athletics & XC as welfare secretary. I am a long distance runner and am currently training for Edinburgh Marathon in May this year, raising money for the eating disorder (ED) charity BEAT. I have always been active and participated in sport from […]

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LUCA XC Grand Finale – Imperial and Saint Mary’s take gold

February 28, 2019 Aymeric Regnier

Yesterday marked the last day in the LUCA calendar for the Cross-Country season, as the teams rallied their athletes for the Grand Finale in Wormwood Scrubs during what felt like a late spring afternoon. With St Mary’s A team on top of the men’s teams’ leaderboard with a 181 points lead over rivals UCL A, Imperial’s Women’s A team had 122 points more than UCL A, determined to keep their title as champions. On the individual standings, Thomas Butler from St Mary’s had won 2 races and was topping the […]

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Scrubs poised for XC showdown

February 26, 2019 Jack Dickenson

With temperatures soaring to a frankly ridiculous 21 degrees in February (still sure about climate change Donald?), and The National over, one could be forgiven for thinking that XC is over for this season. Runners at Wormwood Scrubs tomorrow will find out otherwise, as LUCA runners take to the mud for one last time to decide the series’ victors. It promises to be a tight one, too; with 4 races done, 2 teams have emerged as contenders but with notoriously fluctuating turnouts at the last race, it could all potentially […]

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Running the risk of eating disorder

February 25, 2019 James Findon

When you have been in this sport long enough, the chances are you’ve known someone with an eating disorder. I have been involved in university sport for over a decade, and have witnessed many students (men and women) struggle with their relationship with food. Often it starts with good intentions – the desire to lose excess weight, develop muscle and run faster. But that can be the start of a slippery slope into tighter restriction of food and over training. The result is often the same; injury and a general […]

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LUCA takes on BUCS Indoors Championships

February 23, 2019 Aymeric Regnier

Last weekend, the annual pilgrimage to Sheffield for BUCS indoors returned as on Friday the 15th, the weekend marking the opening of the athletics season kicked off at 13:00 with the Men’s 60m heats on the track. With 109 entries, it was the most contested event of the Championships. Friday saw the heats, semi-finals and Finals for the men’s and women’s 60m sprints and hurdle races, the 800m heats and for the field events, the weekend started with the Triple Jump and Shot Put pool stages. For the Women’s 60m sprint, […]

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ED Awareness Week – we want your stories!

February 18, 2019 Jack Dickenson

Next Monday sees the start of Eating Disorders Awareness Week. Running from February 25th to March 3rd, it aims to increase awareness of the myriad issues surrounding eating disorders, and promote understanding of both the conditions and the support available for them.  In sport, and in athletics in particular, focus on food is naturally one means of optimising performance by ensuring adequate nutrition. However, the danger of this developing into an eating disorder is recognised, but perhaps under-appreciated amongst the athletics community. This is what James Findon, founder of LUCA […]