Congratulations to all of our athletes that competed at BUCS indoors this weekend! We are immensely proud of the clubs performance as individual athletes and as a spectacularly supportive team.
Here's a full report on the weekend from our beloved track and field captain:
Last weekend, EUAC’s largest ever BUCS team travelled to the National Indoors in Sheffield, looking to compete at the highest level and release the training of the Winter Season. They were highly successful, both as a team and individuals, with PB’s being achieved by over half of the athletes and a number of notable performances.
The first of these was by the ever-energetic Ted Chamberlain, making a BUCS track debut that would not disappoint. The 800m runner would excel, running an indoor PB to qualify for the semi-finals, only to break the 1:57 mark for a second PB in two races, a remarkable achievement for a Fresher.
Alongside this, Matty Johnson, semi-finalist in the 60m last year, would once again qualify with ease through the heats, taking the club record in the process. Despite running the semi-final just hours after this success, Matty would again reduce his time, becoming the first Exeter student ever to run a sub-7 second 60m.
Lastly, the female 4x200m relay squad showcased the quality of the entire team, qualifying for the final in the only relay of the weekend. In doing so, they competed and held their own among the premier female sprint groups in the country, a fantastic achievement that bodes exceptionally well for the upcoming outdoor season and future years.
The level of assistance provided over the course of the weekend was excellent, with Nikos Tzougkarakis’ expertise in the high jump allowing both David and Alex to achieve PB’s, while Sonya’s elite knowledge across all events calmed many nerves and contributed to the success of the weekend. The atmosphere brought by the 38-strong team was recognised by a number of other Universities as well as the announcer, who’s comment “Exeter are once again making their presence known”, encapsulates the meteoric rise of the club on this National Stage.
Well done to all those who competed and good luck for the upcoming season, the commitment by all athletes over the Winter is showing and I look forward to entering another sizeable squad for Varsity and BUCS Outdoors.
Big Love, Bleed Green and Up the Club,
Cross country is back for 2019 and it’s as muddy as ever! The team tackled Cornwall’s Westward Ho! this weekend as the first Westward league fixture of the year. In cold and windy conditions our boys and girls put in a great effort and threw them selves knee deep into the course (quite literally), and picked up some litter along the way.
Nikita Steiner led the girls home in 9th position followed by Emma Martin in 11th and Sophie Reed in 15th. The boys flew round with Ben Holmes in 4th, Ted Chaimberlain 6th and Jack bond in 13th!
Both teams are still sitting pretty in 2nd place overall with the women just 20 points behind Cornwall AC!
Well done to everyone who ran, it’s been a great turn out for the league so far! With two more Westward league fixtures to go EUAC’s xc future looks bright.
The EUAC cross country team are half way through the year and half way through the Westward League! To mark the occasion our boys and girls in green travelled all the way to Exeter Arena to put in another very strong performance; Both the Men's and Women's teams are still in 2nd place, with the Women's B team creeping up on the top 10 in 11th!
Lapping up the mud Suzie Reid led the girls team home finishing an impressive 3rd, followed by Megan Davis in 17th and Hannah Mattinson in 22nd. In the Men's race Ben Holmes powered through the laps to come in 10th, closely followed by Zach Nolan in 13th and Ted Chamberlain in 16th.
With 3 races down and 3 to go things are looking very hopeful for the team in 2019 - A huge well done to everyone that's competed so far, we can't wait to see you all get back out there next year!
This weekend our EUAC cross country teams were blessed with a gap in torrential rain as they took on the Westward League in Newquay on Sunday.
Despite a few injuries across both the Women's and the Men's teams both are sitting firmly in second place! Nikita Steiner was first home for the girls in 23rd, closely followed by Penny Oliver and Mollie O'hanlon. Later on we saw our boys put in another impressive performance with James Hancock finishing 3rd, Ben Holmes and Ted Chamberlain coming in closely behind in 5th and 7th.
A really great effort from all of our athletes this weekend, from our fresh trying the course for the first time to our elders making quality improvements on their times from last year!
The next Westward League will be on on home soil in Exeter on the 2nd of December so expect to see allot of green, but if you can't wait that long join us for our Navy League next Wednesday in Prince Town, Dartmoor!
Our first South West United Running Series (SWURS - Navy League) kicked off in Plymbridge on the 10th of October with success all round with Ted Chamberlain finishing 1st, Will Dolding in 4th and Ben Hampshire in 10th in the Men’s Race. Nikita Steiner brought it home for the women coming 5th Closely followed by Pheobe Killen in 6th and Natasha Makukka in 11th.
Next up the team travelled to Newnham Park, Plymouth on the 24th. Great weather for some great results, Ted Chamberlain brought it home in first followed by Will Dolding in 5th and Ben Hampshire in 11th. Hannah Mattinson finished strongly in 2nd in the Women’s Race followed by Suzie Reid in 4th and Cecily Day in 6th.
Navy Leagues happen fortnightly on a Wednesday and are a great way to get in some mid week cross country experience throughout the season, plus they take place at some spots around Devon that really are a treat to run in!
The next races will be on the 7th of November at HMS Heron and the 21st of November at Prince Town.
Be sure to try one out if you haven't already!
A FEW WORDS from our cross country captain Omar on our first race of the season in Plymouth!!:
Sunday marked a sunny start to this years westward league. The women’s team performed exceptionally well placing 1st in the team results. Eilish O’Grady finished 1st in the womens race quickly followed by Suzie Reid in 3rd and Emma Martin in 4th. The Men also performed well coming 2nd in the team results. Ted Chamberlain finished in 5th closely followed by Ben Holmes in 6th. Great performance by everyone, things are looking good for the rest of the season!