East Mids Trent Meadows – Race Report

There was a good turnout of runners on the 21st Feb for the final race of the XC season. We got taxis to the race and arrived in ample time to walk the course. The course was one of the wettest courses consisting of large sections of deep puddles and mud which proved challenging during the race.

Trent Meadows XC team

Trent Meadows provided a fantastic end to the season. Both the Men’s and Women’s teams came first.  The men’s team consisted of Tom Wocial (4th), Adam Thorpe (6th), Bruce Beckett (7th), Daniel Leng (8th), Ben Carter (27th), Ewan McLachan (35th) ,  Conor Vale (36th),  Allan Wilson (79th). Members of the women’s team were Megan Gildea (1st), Alice Hughes (3rd), Katie Buckingham (6th) and Hannah Fleet (8th).   Well done everyone and thanks for a great XC season!

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BUCS Indoors 19th – 21st Feb 2016

BUCS Indoors saw 21 University of Nottingham athletes compete in a range of track and field events, followed by the strong support in the stands, all wearing the green and gold. The indoor based event, hosted in the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield, played host to some of the nation’s best athletes coming from over a 100 universities nationwide.

There were great performances from every Nottingham University athlete, which included several semi-final qualifications and five athletes qualify for finals and an abundance of personal bests!

Unfortunately, our high jumper Emma Lowry suffered what looked like a severe Achilles injury, forcing early withdrawal from the final; on behalf of all of us at the club we wish her a speedy recovery!

A massive well done to everyone who competed! #GreenAndGold

BUCS Indoors team

Men competing were: Olumide Ogunseitan (60m, Relay), Steven O’Hara (60m, 200m, Relay), Pierre Walker (200m, Relay), Makun Madar (400m, Relay), Jack Allison (800m), Alex Bradford (1500m), Will Patterson (1500m), Josh Bull (3000m), Jack Millar (3000m)

Women competing were: Grace Clifford (60m), Becca Hall(200m, Relay), Ailsa Malcolm (200m, Relay), Vicky Reeves(400m, Relay), Charlotte Sadler (400m, Relay), Katie Clubb (800m), Katie Buckingham (800m), Aubree Piepmeier (3000m),  Emma Lowry (High Jump), Maike Chapel (High Jump), Donelle Arulanandam (Long Jump), Beth Mortiboy (Triple Jump)

Special mentions to:

  • Aubree Piepmeier coming 4th in her 3000m final
  • Beth Mortiboy placing 8th in the final of the women’s triple jump
  • Josh Bull coming in 10th in the final of the men’s 3000m
  • Donelle Arulanandam placing 12th in the final of the women’s long jump
  • Emma Lowry coming 4th in the final of the high jump
  • Ailsa Malcolm qualifying for the semi-final of the 200m with a new pb of 27.63s
  • Pierre Walker for qualifying for the semi-final of the 200m
  • Olu Ogunseitan for qualifying for the semi-final of the 60m

 

East Mids Colwick Woods – Race Report

On the 14th February we gathered at 9am on the Sunday and took taxis to Colwick woods – the penultimate race of the season. This race was very close to the University so  a number of athletes also chose to cycle to the race. Colwick Woods was undoubtedly the hilliest XC race of the season, but the weather was clear and bright which meant good running conditions.

As usual there were lots of superb results from both the men and the women. The men’s team came third with Alex Bradford (2nd) , Adam Houchell (6th), Daniel Leng (9th) , Joe Harrison (32nd) and Allan Wilson (63rd). The women’s team consisting of Alice Hughes (3rd), Eleanor Bradbury (8th) and Hannah Fleet (9th) did exceptionally well to come 1st team. Well done to everyone for performing so well on a tough course!

Steel Cup 2016 – Race Report

On 10th February, a week before BUCS Indoors, 14 of our athletes traveled to Sheffield to run in Sheffield Hallam’s event, the Steel Cup. The points-based event played host to many universities, with Nottingham placing 10th overall.

Women competing were: Ailsa Malcolm (200m), Victoria Reeves (200m), Katie Buckingham (800m), Beth Mortiboy (Triple Jump)

Men competing were: Olumide Ogunseitan (60m, Relay), Pierre Walker (60m, 200m, Relay),  Seb Mathewson (60m, Long Jump, Relay), Nicholas Law (60m), Makun Madar (200m, 400m, Relay), Alex Bradford (1500m), Jack Millar (3000m), Thomas Wocial (3000m), Harry Ellis (Long Jump)

University of Nottingham Athletics Club Steel Cup 2016

Special mentions to:

  • Ailsa Malcolm, setting a new personal best of 27.93s in the 200m;
  • Olumide Ogunseitan coming 3rd overall with a time of 7.13s in the 60m
  • Beth Mortiboy, coming 2nd overall with a jump of 11.45;
  • Pierre Walker, with a new indoor 200m personal best of 23.07s, as well as winning his 60m race;
  • Makun Madar, for putting in a real shift, competing in the 200m, 400m and the relay
  • Jack Millar and Thomas Wocial, running their first 3000m indoors, both setting new personal bests.
  • Men’s 4x200m relay team who came a very close 2nd in their race.

All the best to all the runners competing in BUCS Indoors!

Videos from the Steel Cup are now also available on our Youtube channel!

BUCS XC 2016 – Race Report

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)!

University of Nottingham Athletics Club BUCS 2016 teamThe 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

North Mids Wollaton Park – Race Report

Despite being in the middle of exams, on the 16th January many of our athletes took some time out from revision to take part in the last North Midlands XC race of the season, which was conveniently located at Wollaton Park directly next to campus. The weather was beautiful, and the ground wasn’t too muddy creating good racing conditions.

north mids wollaton

There were lots of promising performances, especially with BUCS XC so close. The men’s team finished 5th in this race out of 28 teams. There were great performances by everyone and in particular Jack Millar (31st), Alex Bradford (34th), Will Morris (42nd) and Sam Broomhead (48th). Even though the women team was somewhat depleted they still managed a respectable team position of 6th with impressive individual performances. Megan Gildea finished 21st, closely followed by Hannah Hardy (26th), Katie Buckingham (37th), Hannah Fleet (48th) and Jules Servante (54th).

Well done to everyone who competed and good luck to everyone competing on 6th February at BUCS in Gloucester!

Leeds Relays – Race Report

The final XC race of 2015 was the XC relays at Leeds. 25 of us took the long coach journey up to leads to complete the 3.2km relay course. The men were in teams of 4 and the women were in teams of 3. Although the weather was dry but windy, the course was extremely muddy from previous rain which led to difficult racing conditions.

leeds

The competition at this race was fierce but despite this we still managed to achieve respectable results. Again, the girls did especially well with Chloe Bird (8th), Aubree Piepmeier (9th) and Beth Neal (13th). The male race was particularly tough with the male team  ‘A’ finishing 28th. This team included Jack Millar (19th), Alex Bradford (27th),  Adam Thorpe (28th) and Jack Allison (31st). Well done to everyone that came along and raced!

Results: http://www.thepowerof10.info/results/results.aspx?meetingid=155906&pagenum=1

A Few Words From Isobel Pooley

Last Wednesday evening the Athletics club held its annual Christmas meal at the atmospheric Fat Cat. Crackers were pulled, the most delicious chocolate torte was savored, and even a few beloved past members came along to share in the festivities. Among these, British Outdoor High Jump record holder Isobel Pooley! Who had an inspirational speech to share with us:

I made huge changes during my university years. Moving to the Midlands marked the start of my “professional” athletics career and the total change of scene was the perfect catalyst for improvement. I was able to shape my own lifestyle and become who and what I wanted to be. The university supported me whilst provided challenges and opportunities for success that I’d never envisaged before. The most obvious was the chance to achieve a first class degree, which I eventually did in January but the other opportunities were equally significant for my development as a young person. One massive highlight was the chance to compete at the BUCS Championships – first in the Olympic stadium in 2012 – and to become an ambassador for BUCS as an entity, winning the sportswoman of the year trophy which, as I only realised later, encompassed all BUCS sports and not just athletics! If I had not made the choice to go to uni and had not embraced these opportunities I would not be half the athlete I am today.

I urge you to grasp every opportunity that comes your way at Uni. Yours is the power to become who and what you want to be, starting right now. If being an elite athlete is your goal, chase it with your body and heart and soul. If you’re more of a social sportsperson, you’ll appreciate the power of sport to build self-confidence, develop lasting relationships and reveal the true power of commitment. Celebrate your strengths, whatever they might be, and embrace your ambition whether it’s in sport or outside it.

Hope you enjoyed reading that as much as we did hearing it! To find out more about Isobel, she has her own website and twitter (@IsobelPooley)

East Mids Holme Pierrepoint – Race Report

Holme Pierrepoint was the first East Midlands XC race of the season. We congregated bright and early on the Sunday morning and took taxis to the race start. The weather didn’t look too promising, but, thankfully the rain held off. At 11 both men and women started the race together.

We had exceptional performances from all runners and came 1st Women’s and 1st Men’s team. The girls in particular had very good results with Beth Neal (2nd), Katie Buckingham (3rd), Jessica Heyward-Chaplin (4th) and Alex Newbury (29th). The men’s team came back with impressive results with Tom Wocial (6th), Jack Millar (9th), Will Morris (10th), Will Patterson (12th), Joe Harrison (40th), César Alegre (48th), Tom Welshman (59th), Matthew Grammatico (65th) and Michael McGill (73rd) bringing it home for the lads.

Thanks to everyone that competed for us and we hope to have another great turnout at the next East Midlands XC race on the 17th January at Bramcote Park.

East Mids Holme Pierrepoint Results 2015-2016

 

North Mids Glebe Park – Race Report

Saturday 14th November was the second North Midlands XC race of the season, at Glebe Park in Corby. The weather was horrendous; raining, muddy and downright dismal.  About 20 brave souls boarded the coach to Glebe Park.  Just like in Derby, the women’s race was over a 6km course and the men’s race was over a 10km course, which had turned into somewhat of a mud bath due to the weather.

glebe park

The highlight of the day came when our very own Aubree Piepmeier stormed to victory in the women’s race. Her performance was backed up by strong runs from the rest of the girls including Beth Neal, Alice Hughes, Katie Buckingham and Emma Nicholson. The men’s race was equally as exciting with Alex Bradford and Tom Wocial having a close finish, in 33rd and 34th place respectively. Very good performances from the rest of the team which included  Mark Freeman, Ewan Mclachlan, Joshua Headley Scott, Joe Murray, Matthew Grammatico and Allan Wilson.

glebe park girls

Well done to everyone who came despite the miserable weather! Hope to see more good performances at the next race!

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