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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!


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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.


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

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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


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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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University Relays Manchester – Race Report

On Saturday 24th October, 30 Athletes travelled to Manchester to compete in the Manchester University XC relays. The women were split into teams of 3 and the men were split into teams of 6. Each competitor had to complete the 3km cross country circuit. We entered 4 teams for the women and 3 teams for the men.

manchester course

The rain cleared just as the race started which provided good racing conditions even if it was a bit muddy underfoot. Yet again there were brilliant performances all around by Uon Athletics Club with Aubree Piepmeier coming 2nd women overall. The womens A team comprising of Aubree Piepmeier (10:18), Chloe Bird (10:58) and Aoife Thorogood (10:57) came 3rd womens team overall. The womens B team came an impressive 17th overall and the womens D and C teams came 25th and 26th respectively.

The men’s teams did impressively too. With the Mens A team (Alex Bradford, Daniel Leng, Will Patterson, Tom Wocial, Sam Broomhead and Jack Millar) came 23rd out of 63 teams. The mens B team came 35th and Mens C team came 49th.

A fantastic turnout from the University of Nottingham Athletics Club. We hope to see all the runners back for the next XC race!

manchester team


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North Mids Markeaton Park – Race Report

The first race XC race of the season was the North Midlands XC race at Markeaton Park in Derby. This North Midlands league is a competitive league with several races across the season. Earlier this month, on the 10th October, about 30 people travelled by coach to Derby for our first event, including lots of newcomers which was great to see. The women’s race was over a 6km course and the men’s race was over a 10km course.

There were some great performances for a debut XC race especially from the girls, with Aubree Piepmeier (5th), Aoife Thorogood (9th) and Chloe Bird (14th) which secured the 1st team place for the girls. The men produced some strong performances also with Jack Millar (28th), Andy Watt (44th) and Daniel Leng (49th).  Well done to everyone that competed, it was a really promising start to the season and a great day out!

Markeaton 2015/16 Results

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Freshers Relays – Race Report

On Saturday the University of Nottingham’s athletics club organised its annual fresher’s relays. The event allows newcomers into the club to participate in a friendly race with the aim to get to know other members of the athletics club. Roughly 40 people turned up to the event with 27 in total racing. Everyone was divided into 6 teams of four and 1 team of three. Every runner was provided with a race-card and had to position themselves within the team.

The relay was approximately 1.85km and varied from a flat uneven terrain around the main lake in Wollaton Park, to a moderate incline towards Wollaton Hall.


Every runner performed exceptionally during the relay. Team 7, consisting of Alex Bradford, Emily Doswell and Jack Millar were the eventual winners in a combined time of 27 minutes and 21 seconds with Team 3 not far behind on 28 minutes and 7 seconds. In terms of individual performance there were some outstanding runs. For the men’s relay Jack Millar produced the best time of 6 minutes 5 seconds, Adam Houchell was the fastest male newcomer on 6 minutes and 8 seconds, Thomas Wocial also produced a fantastic time of 6 minutes 12 seconds. For the female relay, the overall winner was newcomer Aubree Piepmeier with a brilliant time of 6 minutes 45 seconds. Katie Buckingham was second on exactly 7 minutes and Sarah Owens was third in a time of 7 minutes and 23 seconds.

You can check out photos from the race at our Instagram

Freshers Relay Full Results

– Charlie Morris

And a big shout out to our Home Fixture Captains, Emily Woodford & Charlie Morris, for organizing a great afternoon!