Advice

World Mental Health Day

October 10, 2018 Jack Dickenson

What if there were an illness affecting a quarter of UK students? You can imagine the reaction: outcry, enquiries, the search for a cure and so on. At the very least, you would hope the illness gets adequate publicity and that those suffering get the support they need. One illness often mentioned in relation to students is meningitis. A nasty bacterial infection, it can result in hearing loss, kidney problems, loss of limbs, and in extreme cases, death. Freshers are now vaccinated against 4 bacterial strains, and there are ample […]

News

The night of the 10,000m PBs is back and bigger than ever

May 14, 2018 Daniel Woodburn

Yes, there is a royal wedding this Saturday May 19th, but it is also the night of the 10,000 PBs, held at the Parliament Hill athletics track in the southeast corner of Hampstead Heath. Given that London is currently experiencing an Indian summer (albeit quite an erratic one), any athletics enthusiast – and anyone remotely interested in running, for that matter – would do well to spend their downtime at this event rather than sat in front of a TV. If you simply cannot miss the wedding, streaming it on […]

Commonwealth games

21st Commonwealth games athletics: the story thus far

April 11, 2018 Daniel Woodburn

With the 21st edition of the Commonwealth games well underway on Australia’s Gold Coast, we have already been treated to some brilliant showdowns and individual performances in track and field. The Australian contingent is thriving off home support and has landed an impressive eight gold medals, eight silvers and six bronzes at the time of publishing. Their total of 22 is twice as many as their next closest rivals, Jamaica, who surprisingly obtained one of their golds in the women’s 3000m steeple chase. Earlier today, Aisha Praught put in a […]

News

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 […]

Inspire

Personal Best

May 16, 2017 Dan Richards

Not only did you do it, you did it better than ever before! You jumped further, you ran faster, or you threw further than EVER before! A personal best, a lifetime best, a personal record, however you phrase it those two words make it all worthwhile. Even if this was the first time, it’s official now! You were nervous during the warm up when they told you to “do your best”, but you did exactly that! Maybe that start was perfect, your form was better or you nailed the take-off […]

BUCS

LUCA athletes excel at BUCS Outdoor Championships

May 2, 2017 Emma Butcher

The May bank holiday weekend brought much excitement for student athletics in the form of the BUCS outdoor athletics championships. There were spectacular performances from students around the UK, including new records in the Pole Vault (well done to Adam Hague with 5.35m), Hammer (well done to Taylor Campbell of Loughborough with 73.40m), as well as both the seated discus and shot put for Vanessa Wallace (F34) and Stacie Gaston (F57) in their respective categories. Being LUCA though, we want to give a great big shout-out to the students of […]

News

Is this the end of athletics?

March 28, 2017 Emma Butcher

With recent news of Usain Bolt, Mo Farah and Jess Ennis-Hill retiring, should be we be concerned for the future of athletics? London 2012 was meant to be the UK’s crowning glory; to inspire people to get into sports and combat the obesity epidemic. At the start it seemed like it was working; the Great Britain team outperformed expectations, the nation fell in love with stars such as Ennis-Hill, and sports participation rates were higher than ever in 2012. But for all that talk about ‘inspiring a generation’, the statistics suggest that sports […]

Outdoor Series

Details for the first LUCA outdoor track meet

March 11, 2017 Emma Butcher

Name: LUCA Outdoor Series match 1 at Twickenham What is it: Part of a series of track meetings run by LUCA for all students from London universities – see more details at http://www.london-athletics.com/st-marys-2017/ When is it: 18th March Where is it: Twickenham, St Mary’s University track Who can take part: Any London University student! The competition offers a chance for seasoned competitors to try and beat their personal bests, and also for beginners to try out track and field events for the first time! What events are on offer: check out the provisional […]

Reports

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 […]

News

HIGHLIGHTS from the British Athletics Indoor Team Trials

February 20, 2017 Rhianna Madden-Hansle

Hundreds of athletes journeyed to Sheffield on the 11-12 February 2017 with the hopes of being crowned British Champion and securing a place on the British team for the European Indoor Championships. In the preceding week, as athletes were confirming their attendance, questions were being asked: Would defending champion, Andrew Pozzi, current world lead, reclaim his men’s 60m hurdles title? With the absence of Dina Asher-Smith, how would Asha Philip fair in the women’s 60m? Is Katrina Johnson-Thompson the new Jessica Ennis and Britain’s heptathlon superstar? Carry on reading to […]