On the 5th of February, 48 athletes travelled down to Gloucester to take part in the marquee event of the cross country calendar: BUCS (British University XC Championships)!! After travelling down by coach on the Friday we stayed at a hotel and had a relaxing evening.
On Saturday we travelled to the BUCS XC course, which was very flat and torrential rain all day had created a completely waterlogged and extremely muddy course. There were three separate races; a men’s A race of 10km, a men’s B race of 7km and a women’s race of 6km. Our representatives for the men’s A race were Josh Bull, Jack Millar, Alistair Nelson, Adam Thorpe, Alex Bradford and Thomas Wocial. Despite the weather, everyone gave their all and it was shown with some excellent performances. Special mention to Josh Bull (62nd), Jack Millar (106th) and Alastair Nelson (112th) in the men’s A race and in the women’s race, Aubree Piepmeier (34th), Chloe Bird (61st) and Jessica Heyward-Chaplin (143rd). Finally in the men’s B race Adam Houchell (126th), Daniel Leng (132nd) and Bruce Beckett (154th)!
The trip was wrapped up with an enjoyable social in Cheltenham.
Big thanks to everyone who turned up and represented the University, and we will hopefully see many of you again at BUCS next year.
You can check out more photos from the day on our Instagram