BUCS

University of London athletics club; triumph at BUCS and plans for the future

February 17, 2017 Emma Butcher

Written by Emma Dixon, Max Arzt-Jones and Eleanor Harrison of University of London Athletics Club The University of London Athletics Club is mainly formed of athletes from smaller London university colleges because the larger colleges have teams of their own. But on Saturday 4th February, despite being swamped in numbers by other teams, our girl’s team placed 6th out of 59 teams across Britain in the BUCS Cross Country Championships, in Sheffield. Read on to find out more about our BUCS experience and how you can get involved in the […]

Inspire

2016 – What a year.

January 9, 2017 Seth Kennard

Another year done and thus marks the passage of time. Right now the afternoons are dark and damp, the trainers lie forgotten and muddy in the corner. Trainers ruefully awaiting the spring and beyond the spring, the warm summer filled with daylight, perfect running conditions and plenty of races. It’s time to start training hard again and if you’re thinking of starting a gym membership  you’re not alone. Google searches for ‘gym membership’ are doubled in January compared to any other time of the year – partly thanks to people trying […]

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Use this year to do good: one-off sports volunteering

January 5, 2017 Emma Butcher

With Trump soon to come to power and Brexit on it’s way, we’re all looking for ways to feel a bit happier about 2017. Luckily, we’ve got the perfect opportunity for you. Run! London are looking for volunteers to help out at the Westminster Sports Hall Athletics Competition this month. Dates are as follows and volunteers can sign up for as many/as few days as they are able to: 17th January – 9am – 2pm 18th January – 9am – 2pm 19th January – 9am – 2pm 24th January – 9am […]

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Nina Anderson; athlete, coach and all-round runner extraordinaire

December 17, 2016 Emma Butcher

Ever wanted to know what it’s like to run at a global level? Check out the below interview with Nina Anderson, a talented runner and coach who has had success at European and World competitions. What first drew you to running and can you tell us more about your story of getting into running? I started running at the age of 25 to lose weight and began with a few weekly jogs which before too long led to me running marathons. After a few years I stepped on to the track […]

News

Blue skies and smiles for first ever London Students’ Run

December 6, 2016 Louise Pech

Last Sunday, 121 students came down to run 5 or 10 kilometers around the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The sun was out for the day, which made the race an ideal way to spend a Sunday morning. This was the first ever edition of the London Students’ Run and what a success it was. England Athletics supported the event which was sponsored by Cafe Football. Check our Instagram feed for all the photos from today's @LUCA_athletics students run !! pic.twitter.com/ad2WlyS7hP — The Run! Project (@RUNLondonEA) December 4, 2016 Even though […]

Indoor Champs

LUCA Indoor Championships Report

November 30, 2016 Rhianna Madden-Hansle

Last Sunday, over 250 athletes travelled to Lee Valley Athletics Centre to compete in the LUCA Athletics Championships. Best of luck to all competing @LUCA_athletics @LeeValleyAC today 👍👏 https://t.co/wvMLX3KiNn — Seb Coe (@sebcoe) November 27, 2016 The morning got off to a great start with Sebastian Coe (IAAF president) wishing those competing the ‘Best of Luck’ via twitter. The event itself was a combination of three different championships: the LUCA Indoor Athletics Championships, the University of London Intercollegiate Championships, and the 149th United Hospital Athletics Championships. With three titles and […]

News

One week to go before the LUCA Indoor Competition!

November 20, 2016 Shala Nourmamode

With the Cross Country season now in full swing, get ready for the first Track & Field competition of this academic year! The 2nd annual LUCA indoors event, hosted by the Lee Valley Athletics Centre, will launch the beginning of the track competitions for this 2016 – 2017 season. UCL won the last Indoors and Outdoors LUCA competitions and have set high standards for the season ahead. This athletic year promises a tougher fight and UCL will have to be even better to keep the highly coveted crown on Jeremy Benthams’ head […]

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Laviai Nielsen ‘inspired’ by Jessica Ennis-Hill

October 28, 2016 James Findon

London 2012 was a pivotal moment for GB heptathlete, Jessica Ennis-Hill. The poster girl for the games had a chance to win Gold in front of a home crowd. It was a chance that she seized and the rest, as they say, is history. But Jess’ victory had a profound and lasting effect. Standing behind her on the track, was a young Laviai Nielsen – a kit carrier volunteer. Nielsen, 20, is now the European Junior 400m champion and BUCS 200m champion. My inspiration always ❤️ #JessicaEnnisgoodnight 😢 A photo […]

Advice

Injury Anxiety: the path to recovery

October 25, 2016 Sophie House

All athletes experience injuries from time to time. But the thought of being injured, and taking time out from our sport, often evokes a hell of a lot of frustration, self-doubt, and anxiety. So, besides the obvious physical pain of injury, we are often left feeling heartbroken and a little bit empty too, torn away from our love affair by shin splints. There are plenty of incredibly useful articles out there about how to recover physically from sports injuries; from stretching to strengthening techniques, or ice and elevated resting. Many of […]

Advice

The Mindset of a Runner

October 16, 2016 Rahil Sachak-Patwa

At the elite level, there is a nature versus nurture debate in long distance running. Specifically, the question many people ask is, “why are East African runners so good?” Although many scientists have tried to answer this question, the running community is still unsure on the whole. Geneticists have shown that there are ‘athlete genes’, which predispose some people to be better runners than others, for instance determining how much athletes benefit from training. All thing considered though, we are all genetically very similar. If most people have the ability to […]