The United Hospitals Athletics Club was an athletics club that founded in 1867. It hosted an annual championship in which the United Hospitals Athletics Shield was awarded.
The club was formed on May 31, 1867 at West Brompton running grounds. The club was set up by Mr. S. Edwin Jolly who held the position of treasurer during the early years of the club. The club hosted an annual championship, which was first held in 1867 and won by Guy’s Hospital.
Events at the championships were slightly different to a modern track and field competition. The events held on June 11 and 12 1869 at Beaufort House included; Flat Race 100 yards, Flat Race 250 yards, Flat Race 880 yards, Flat Race One Mile, Flat Race 2 miles, Hurdle Race 120 yards, Hurdle Race 440 yards, High Jump, Long Jump, Hammer, Throwing the Cricket Ball, shot put, Three Legged Race and Consolation Race 250 yards. King’s, Guy’s, London, St Thomas’s, University College, St George’s and St Mary’s Medical Schools took part.
For the fourth annual meeting in 1870 the event had to be moved to cater for a crowd of over 3000 spectators to the A.A.C Grounds, Lillie Bridge with 127 entries across all the different races. The first presidents of the club were highly esteemed physicians and surgeons, Sir William Fergusson (1867), Sir Thomas Watson (1868) and Sir William Jenner (1869). The club required a physician and surgeon from each participating hospital to serve as vice-presidents of the club, this secured funding for the various prizes and ensured its continuation from year to year. By the end of the 19th century the club held events at Stamford Bridge.
LUCA currently organises two United Hospitals competitions; The Bannister Cup (cross-country) and the United Hospitals Athletics Shield (indoor championships).
An eligible student is someone who is required to complete a clinical placement in a hospital or veterinary practise as a part of their degree or who studies biomedicine or bioveterinary.
-Confirmed on 8th November 2017 by UH Club representatives.
Eligible students must declare their eligibility by selecting the UH option on their profile.
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