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Long Eaton Parkrun

 

Long Eaton Parkrun
01/04/17

Known to be a flat and fast 5k, the Long Eaton Parkrun was added to our race schedule at the start of this term. A large contingent of 20 University of Nottingham athletes attended this inaugural fixture and with over 10 PB’s the event was a big success.

Having led from the front Jack Millar stormed around the course in a time of 15.37. Although this time didn’t qualify Jack for the BUCS 5k, it was another impressive performance for our president who had been aptly paced by Aki Kitagawa for the first few kilometres. Tom McGuinness also had a strong run and followed just 20 seconds behind in second place.

With our first two athletes, comfortably up the road it was left to Daniel Leng to round up the top three University athletes. Despite claiming he had finished in under 17 minutes on Strava, the Parkrun results dubiously suggested otherwise and Daniel was left with a time of 17 minutes’ dead and a new 5k PB! Chris Fielding then added to this list of official 5k PB’s by finishing 10th in a time of 17.40. This time is made all the more impressive given that Chris was taken out by a dog during the parkrun. The tide of PB’s continued to arrive with Callum Duck’s storming performance which saw him finish just under 18 minutes in a time of 17.57. Daniel Nash backed this up with another PB of 18.35, which is almost 2 minutes quicker than his previous PB!

Next up were our vice president elect and president elect battling it out to be first lady to cross the line. Megan Gildea went past Katie Buckingham to finish in a time of 19.17 although Katie was only three seconds behind! This also meant that there were another two PB’s and that the PB tidal surge was now turning into a PB tsunami.

Having not done a race over 1500m for four years, Makun Madar finished as the first track and field athlete in a time of 19.29. This was yet another PB and Makun was closely followed by Kelvin Leong in a time of 19.38. Needless to say, this was yet another very impressive personal best. Next up, Lottie Richardson just missed out on a sub 20 minute 5k in a time of 20.01. This was Lottie’s quickest time ever and means she has knocked off 4 minutes from her 5k time at the start of the university year! Vincent Ly also just missed out on a sub 20 5k, having been effectively paced around by Adam Thorpe up until the 3k point and PB’d in a time of 20.07. Beth Neal followed Vincent but was just short of her own personal best of 19.58, finishing in a time of 20.16. Only two seconds behind, a hugely improved Michael Gaynor did manage to PB and stopped his clock at 20.18. Sam Towell and Harry Ellis also completed the course in personal record times of 20.26 and 20.39. Allan Wilson also managed to sneak under 21 minutes in a time of 20.50 and was the 14th athlete of the day to run a personal best.

Emily Starman and Dayanah Ahmad rounded up a memorable morning by finishing in 24.04 and 25.12 respectively. This was Dayanah’s fastest 5k and Emily only just missed out on finishing in the top 100! With 14/17 finishers running their own PB’s that means that there was an 82.3% PB rate which is double what the British Milers Club claims to achieve at their races. Thanks to everyone that came for what felt like a very worthwhile morning. We may even do it all over again next term!

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North Midlands Cross Country League: Fixture 4 Wollaton Park: 14th January

 

With BUCS Cross Country looming large the final instalment of the North Midlands Cross Country League was always going to provide for an interesting watch. This race provided the final measure of performance for all athletes wanting to run in the famous green & gold vests before the biggest university race of the year.

In good conditions, six University of Nottingham athletes lined up for the start of the women’s race. Having finished as the second University of Nottingham athlete at the Derby and Kettering races, Amber Reed looked to go one better by leading the University home on a familiar course. However, Megan Gildea provided another improved run and both athletes were neck and neck going into the final one hundred meters. In a Korir-esque sprint (http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/athletics/38545205

) Megan strode ahead of Amber to finish 18th in a time of 24.28 whilst Amber finished three seconds behind in 20th place. Outside of the individual battles, Hannah Fleet rounded up the women’s team performance by finishing 30th in a time of 25.40. This meant that the women’s team finished a notable 4th for the Wollaton Park fixture.

However, the impressive performances didn’t end there. Charlotte Richardson finished 38 places higher than she did in the first North Midlands fixture in a time of 25.52 (37th). Hayley Mills, in her first North Midlands race, just missed out on a top 50 finish finishing 53rd in a time of 26.44. Fiona Starkie rounded off a good race by finishing 61st in a time of 27.14.

With the women’s race wrapped up, the 16 Nottingham University athletes amassed at the starting line for the men’s race. However, for this race there was an added dynamic. Three places were available for the Universities ‘A’ team at BUCS Cross Country. As it turned out, some athletes thrived and others took a distinct nose dive in the face of this opportunity.

With most athletes getting involved in a borderline sprint for the first 400 meters, Aki Kitagawa ran a controlled race pulling past the initial front runner Adam Houchell. In fact, despite being outside the top 20 for the first half a mile Aki pulled his way through the field to finish 3rd in a time of 34.54. A textbook run meant that the Aki effectively guaranteed his spot in the men’s ‘A’ race for BUCS Cross Country. Having headed the University runners for the first mile or so, Adam Houchell also held up well and whilst he couldn’t hold onto Aki, he stayed well clear of the rest of his teammates. Adam finished 12th in a time of 36.33 and now looks good for the BUCS A race. Finally, first year runner Nathan Gibson managed to finish as the third-place University runner with a time of 37.04 (18th) which puts him in pole position to take that final spot in the BUCS ‘A’ race.

Of the other performances that stood out, Robert Middlewick provided yet another impressive performance to finish 32nd in a time of 37.58. Rounding up the impressive second place team finish for the Universities men’s team Will Morris finished 41st in a time of 38.18. Bruce Beckett (46th), George Russell (60th), Daniel Cresswell (63rd),Sam Broomhead and Will Bloomer (94th) all also provided outstanding runs in a good field to finish top one hundred. Conor Vale (129th), Ewan McLachlan (131st), Allan Wilson (195th) and Michael Gaynor (222) capped off a good season of North Midlands races.

And yes, there were sixteen athletes who started the race not fourteen. Unfortunately, Adam Thorpe who had been going toe to toe with Nathan for the third spot in the BUCS ‘A’ race was unfortunate to roll his ankle going into the final kilometre. This forced him to drop out. I also dropped out.

Our final finish to the North Midlands Cross Country season was a good one and added another podium finish to the first two provided by Jack Millar at the Derby and Kettering races. Things are looking good for BUCS Cross Country in two weeks’ time!


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Leeds University Cross Country Relays Race Report 3/12/16

 

The culmination of hard work over the autumn semester had come to this; Leeds Cross Country Relays. We took a 25 strong team up to West Park, a change of venue to previous years. The new course presented a challenging test for all athletes with a mix of light gradients, muddy sections and a very distracting social sec wielding a megaphone.
A small but stacked women’s field toed the line to contest the first race and an alarming pace was set from the moment the gun went. A group of four containing our very own winner from Holme Pierrepont Hannah Novakovic began to break clear in the early stages, with Beth Neal and Emily Starman in pursuit. Sadly the early pace took its toll as Hannah faded in the latter stages to finish 8th but still posted an extremely swift 12.39, with Beth and Emily following home in 19th and 23rd with times of 14.02 and 14.28 respectively. Taking over from Hannah, the ever consistent Kiri Marsh picked up a place to finish in 13.01 and handed to Megan Gildea to bring it home. A superb leg of 12.48 meant picking up one final place to bring the team home in 6th and demonstrate our strength in depth with what was an entirely different A team to that of Manchester Relays. Strong runs and a tremendous hobble from everyone’s favourite VP Katie meant our other women’s teams both pulled through the field throughout the race finishing 16th and 21st.
Off the back of a stellar performance at Manchester, Jack Millar led our men’s team from the front again. A well-judged start led to him picking up places later in the race, bringing him to the front of the pack. With his eyes lighting up with the success which might ultimately befall him, he had a slip even Steven Gerrard would be proud of, as he tumbled to the floor on a muddy section of the course. Definitely nothing to do with ruckus generated by Jack Allison and his new favourite toy… Rushing to get back up again, Millar slipped once more on the ice-rink like surface, sadly costing precious time and much momentum. Despite this he soldiered on to record a thoroughly impressive time of 10.04, finishing 10th, but it was certainly an opportunity that went awry. Tom McGuinness quickly put us back in our rightful place as he swiftly ate up the miles to put us back into 6th with a run of 10.16. Nathan Gibson then held his position well against many competitive runners behind, holding 6th with a 10.42 but unfortunately it was not a position we could quite maintain as we dropped back into 9th place by the finish, with just a few valuable seconds costing us, despite Adam Thorpe running 10.40.
First leg was tightly contested between our second and third teams, with Dylan Stanway leading out Will Patterson for the whole race. However a late charge from Will resulted in him coming home just 2 seconds ahead with a brilliant 11.00. A particularly classy run came from Rob Middlewick, running 11.05 helping our B team to finish 28th overall and a strong debut by Joe McLeod also rewarded him with a fast time of just 11.42. Alex Gardner took full inspiration from our president Jack Millar when it came to how to deliver the complete performance and not only crossed the line in a quick time of 12.34, but also with a rather muddy right leg.
I greatly appreciate everybody’s efforts on the day, particularly Jack Allison and Adam Houchell for their brilliant supportive techniques. It was yet another fantastic event and a great way to end the term, but now we must build. BUCS Cross Country is on the horizon.


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Markeaton Park Race Report – 15th October 2016

 

After a solid finish to last years track season, the University of Nottingham distance squad headed off to Markeaton Park in Derby to get their Cross Country season underway. The ladies race was 6k and the men’s race 9.8k.

First lady home was Chloe Bird who finished the course in an impressive time 26.38. Despite having been led by debutant Amber Reed round the first lap Chloe managed to pull ahead, finishing 8th, three places ahead of Amber in 11th. The final counter was another debutant Kiri Marsh (19th) who consistently held her placing ensuring that Nottingham University had three runners in the top 20. This meant that the senior ladies team finished second only behind Nottingham AC in the overall team rankings.

A little behind the first battle of the day had started between Megan Gildea and Katie Buckingham Megan led Katie the whole way round until the second and final lap where the two drew level. Despite Katie’s hard work, Megan doggedly pressed ahead in the last few hundred meters and managed to finish five seconds ahead of Katie. They finished 29th and 30th respectively. Beth Neal backed them up having run through the field to finish in 41st place. The final Nottingham University runners were debutants Emily Starman(54th) and Charlotte Richardson (75th). Both produced impressive runs, finishing in the top half of the field and looked at home in a strong field. Finally, the best run from a Nottingham University student was Lori Marshall who finished a strong second running for Nottingham AC.

In the men’s race debutant Tom McGuinness set out to shock club President Jack Millar by storming into second place immediately. Whilst grinning, Jack set about catching Tom which he did so so by the end of the first lap, however it wasn’t until the second lap that Jack finally started to pull away. Despite the club infighting Jack managed to finish the race in a memorable third place in just 32.30. Tom was 42 seconds behind and finished in sixth place.

In last years race Jack had led Nottingham University home in 29th place so the improved depth of the men’s team this year was highlighted by Matteo Gala and Dylan Stanway finishing 26th and 29th respectively. Dylan had led Matteo most of the way but Matteo managed to catch him on the third lap and pulled ahead of Dylan in time for the finish. Both Matteo and Dylan were debutants but our final counter was returner and club treasurer Will Morris. Despite a cold he produced a strong run finishing in 45th. Behind Will, another battle had developed between Greg Wright and Bruce Beckett. Despite a solid performance at Wednesday nights social Bruce couldn’t hang on to Greg (62) who outkicked Bruce (63rd) in the final few hundred meters of the race.

Having last been seen on the first lap telling spectators he had ‘lost his shin’ Jack Allison then emerged chatting to Daniel Cresswell. The two ran alongside each other until the finish where Jack (82) outkicked Dan (83rd) in a short sprint.

Our final four runners included a sick George Russell (115th), a fatigued Ewan McLachlan (127th) who raced on Saturday, Conor Vale (149th) who was constantly moving through the field throughout the race and a much improved Allan Wilson (203rd). After seeing the men’s and women’s team today at Derby I really, really can’t wait for BUCS.


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BUCS Outdoors 2016 – Race Report

BUCS Outdoors was great end to the year for UoN Athletics, with great performances all round, amazing support and lovely weather. The event saw a massive team of 25 athletes turn out to compete, and despite the early Saturday start the energy and enthusiasm of our athletes never dropped throughout the three days.

There were some amazing performances across both track and field events, and despite the extremely tough competition we had several finalists deserving of a special mention:

– Aubree Peipmeier 5th place in 5000m finals

– Beth Mortiboy 4th place in Triple Jump

– Gavin Lock, Pierre Walker, Makun Madar and Adam Thorpe in the 4×400 relay final

– Nick Lawrence, Pierre Walker, Olu Ogunseitan and Seb Mathewson who would’ve finished 6th in the 4×100 relay final, despite an unfortunate DQ it was a great performance.

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Also massive congratulations to everyone who competed:

Olumide Ogunseitan, Pierre Walker, Makun Madar, Gavin Lock, Adam Thorpe, Jack Allison, Adam Houchell, Alex Zinal Bradford, Jack Millar, Seb Mathewson, Harry Ellis,
Nick Lawrence.
Grace Elvin, Ailsa Malcolm, Katie Buckingham, Katie Clubb, Victoria Reeves, Charlotte Sadler, Megan Gildea, Aubree Piepmeier, Donelle Arulanandam, Beth Mortiboy, Chloe Bird.

There were amazing performances from everyone and overall a great weekend!


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Ed Pricketts 2016 – Race Report

Little bit late with this one, sorry everyone! – Dan

On the 5th March 2016, the University of Nottingham Athletics Club (UoN AC) hosted the 12th annual Ed Prickett relays to raise funds for the Ron Pickering Memorial Fund (RPMF), raising £150 in total. This race is a memorial to the University of Nottingham athlete Ed Prickett who was sadly killed in a road traffic accident whist at the British Universities Tack Championships.

This race is renowned for being a tough course, with the dreaded Keighton Hill towards the end of the run. Sadly the race route was altered this year, due to works around the lake but this did not seem to put off athletes with over 170 runners and 51 teams this was another successful year for the University’s Athletics club. Teams came from all around the country with university teams which included Durham, Birmingham and Loughborough.

There were some fantastic times throughout the day! The fastest male runner “Jack Hallas” of Hurricane Heroes, completed the course in a time of 9 minutes 32. In the female race we had joint winners with Jo Hickman-Dunn and Chloe Richardson both from Loughborough A, completing the course in 11 minutes 21 seconds. Our own members performed excellent as well, special mention goes to Josh Bull who was the 6th placed male and completed the course in a time of 9:46 and also to Maddie Garner who finished as the 9th female with a time of 12:39.

Loughborough performed brilliantly throughout the day winning both the male and the female team races, with their first teams finishing in times of 39:17 (4 legs) and 34:32 (3 legs) respectively. UoN Triathlon A came first in the inter-mural sport (IMS) category with a time of 46:32. In the mixed team category Team Ellen came first in a time of 47:58.

We would like to thank everyone for attending; we hope that everyone enjoyed the race as much as we enjoyed organising it. A new “Home Fixtures” team consisting of Allan Wilson and Rea Steinberger will now have the responsibility of organising the next Ed Prickett Relays, we wish them the best of luck and an even better day next year!

Hope everybody enjoyed the day!

Charlie Morris and Emily Woodford

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Emily & Charlie with Peter & Sarah Prickett