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Ding Ding: Round 2 at Mitcham

October 30, 2018 Jack Dickenson

As the clocks go back and the cold hits (get those gloves out), we’re heading south to Mitcham Common tomorrow for the next round of the LUCA XC League. After a top opener at Parli Hill good numbers are expected again as clubs look to build on their first races. What can we expect? 2 words for Mitcham: flat and fast. It’s nothing like Parli Hill, with lots of flat stretches, so the 1500m runners will be able to kick on after the long climbs of Hampstead Heath. There are […]

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Classic season opener at Parli Hill as St Mary’s storm into early lead

October 18, 2018 Jack Dickenson

The traditional curtain raiser for the LUCA cross-country season duly delivered again yesterday at a suitably autumnal Parliament Hill. All the components were there: a lovely dry course, huge turnouts and of course a poor Imperial fresher donning the ‘King of the Hill’ shirt. It was ideal conditions for racing, particularly for a first race, and there were great numbers of runners doing their first ever XC race. We’re not sure how they felt after the first climb but hopefully they ‘enjoyed’ it! It would seem as though the antics […]

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A new competition starts tomorrow

October 16, 2018 James Findon

A new competition starts tomorrow. Here’s a list of four things you need to know. 1. It’s embedded within the LUCA XC League The new competition is embedded within the LUCA XC League. Similar to the University of London Championships and Bannister Cup, relevant results are extracted from the race results. You don’t need to do anything differently when registered and captains don’t need to worry about filling out any forms. As with all LUCA competitions, athletes need to be registered before the race. 2. It’s for your ‘A-Teams’ The […]

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Back to XC! Cross-Country Season Preview

October 12, 2018 Aymeric Regnier

Ladies and gentlemen, leaves are turning brown, your housemates have started wearing their big warm coats again, and you’ve noticed more and more people taking candid pictures with their Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte? It can only mean one thing, Cross-Country Season is upon us, whoo! We hope you’re excited because, after last year’s performances, this one is supposed to be even muddier, colder and overall better as we’re expecting to get an even bigger turnout than last year (which was already staggering). Last year saw over 400 athletes compete throughout […]

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In praise of cross-country

April 13, 2018 admin

Parliament Hill Fields, NW3, 18th of October 2017, 3:15. For the passing dog walkers, it must have been a strange sight for a Wednesday afternoon; north of 250 students clad in their new vests, clustering together at the base of ‘The Hill’. Some were old timers, others freshers in their first weeks of university life, but all were united in one purpose. Formerly the London Colleges League, the newly christened LUCA XC was about to kick off another season, with the infamous Parli Hill playing host to the opening salvoes […]

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Bowden and Olley take first in season opener at Parliament Hill

October 19, 2017 Duncan Hunter

On 18/10/2017, UCL hosted the first LUCA cross-country race of the 2017/18 season. The weather was slightly damp, but refreshing and without rain, with the course not being as muddy as it may have been considering the recent stormy weather. The course was changed from previous years, having a shorter lap distance but with women completing 2 laps and men completing 3 (instead of 1 & 2). There were a fantastic 259 runners participating, with 146 men and 113 women. This led to a total of 58 teams, 29 in […]

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Changes to the Cross-Country League

September 6, 2017 James Findon

The LUCA Cross-Country League will trial a new results system this season. Previously known as the London Colleges League (LCL), the LUCA Cross-Country League will trial a ‘parkrun’ style results system in the 2017-18 season. This will require all athletes to register on the LUCA website before racing. Athletes only need to register once throughout their time at university. Upon registering, athletes will receive a unique five-character ID number starting with their initials. A list of all club athletes ID numbers can be found on the directory page of the respective […]

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Final results of LUCA London Cross-Country League 2017

March 5, 2017 Emma Butcher

Who are the speediest cross-country runners this year in the London student population? This question has been put to rest after the final LUCA London Cross-country League race for the season. Full results are posted here. The race, held at Bushy Park, took place on the 1st March 2017 and enjoyed a good turn-out of athletes from across the LUCA member clubs. It was agreed beforehand that the men and women’s races would be the same distance, which was set to 5km as a speed challenge for the cross-country runners. Students […]

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Bushy Park – the final showdown of the LUCA LCL races

February 26, 2017 Emma Butcher

Name: LUCA London Colleges League race Bushy Park What is it: Part of a series of cross-country races run by LUCA for all students from London universities – see more details at http://www.london-athletics.com/lcl/   When is it: 1st March 2017; start 3:15 pm Where is it: Bushy Park (see travel details: http://www.london-athletics.com/maps/bushy/) Course details: Full course details can be found at the same link as the travel details Registration: Carried out by clubs rather than individuals, so just get in touch with your universities’ running team to find out more Results: You […]

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Alexandra Palace XC race report

February 6, 2017 Shala Nourmamode

The 4th and penultimate LCL cross-country race is usually extremely popular in the post-Christmas holiday season and took place this year on the last Wednesday of January at Alexandra Park. Despite the cold and the mist, the conditions were ideal for great performances for both women’s 4K and men’s 6K. With no surprise, Emma Dixon, representing the Royal Veterinary College (RVC), took the lead completing the race in 17:15. Lily Coward from St Mary and UCL runner Emma Butcher followed with times of 17:43 and 17:46 respectively. Dixon therefore maintains […]