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



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

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!