King’s College London organised the third LUCA LCL cross-country race, which took place on Wednesday 16th of November 2016. Around two hundred students ran the Wimbledon Common XC course, which also incorporated the University of London (UL) and University Hospitals (UH) Championships. The female racers completed a ~5km hilly and muddy lap, while the male competitors ran two laps.
With both female and male teams crowned UL Champs, UCL displayed very solid performances. Moreover, the UCL ladies team won the LUCA LCL Wimbledon Common race and are currently standing second in the overall LCL rankings, whilst the UCL gents finished fourth on the course, securing an overall third position in the LCL competition.
Although the St Mary’s ladies team showed some weakness by giving up their first place to Brunel’s ladies team for third place, the team overall reaffirmed their strong position in the LUCA LCL competition with both male teams keeping the lead, and 10 of their runners finishing in the top 15. This is without forgetting Barts, the medical school of Queen Mary University, who shone in this competition, winning the UH championships and bringing home the Bannister Cup.
On the individual side, Philippa Bowden from Brunel took first place, finishing with a time of 17:01, while Emma Dixon of Royal Veterinary College (RVC) secured second place in 17:22. The RVC student was followed shortly after by Hannah Viner of King’s in 17:44.
In the male race, Ellis Cross of St Mary’s finished first in 31:10, taking a 29 second lead from Duncan Tomlin of UL. A UCL runner, Charlie Haywood, closely followed the latter in 31:42.
The full results can be found here.
With the results of the LCL being so close, a sudden turnaround in the individual and team standing is still possible in the next competitions at Alexandra Palace and Bushy Park.
Also, do not forget to sign up here for the 5k and 10k London Student’s Run that will be hosted at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on the 4th of December!