EUAC made the trip to Bedford for its annual outdoor competition of the season; BUCS outdoors. Despite several late withdrawals, the team performed strongly, with a whole host of personal bests and the standout performances coming from Vicky Budd in the 10,000m and Joe Bamford in the Javelin.
In good racing conditions, events kicked off on Saturday morning with Jack Gavin smashing his personal best in the men’s 1500m by 7 seconds, with Clare Hodgson running well in the women’s event.
This was followed by the women’s 100m heats. EUAC’s Becca Jones and Kelly McMahon came home in 13.09 secs and 13.72 secs, respectively. Nick Logan and Shawn Wee ran strongly in the men’s event. Notably, the blue riband event was eventually won by Olympian and World Championship finalist, Adam Gemili, showing the high standard of competition on offer at BUCS.
Next were the 400m hurdles, with Sarah Kearsey finishing in 4th in her heat with 65.18 secs. This was followed by Sam Lacey racing well in the men’s 800m; placing 7th in what was a fast heat.
Sunday morning saw the women’s 10,000m. For any reader unfamiliar with track and field, is one of the toughest events, with athletes racing a full twenty five laps of the track. The club had high hopes for Vicky Budd, who was aiming for the university record. Budd ran extremely well, finishing just outside of the medals in fourth place, gaining a new lifetime best, and the university record was hers, in a time of 36.18.23 mins.
Shawn Wee raced in the men’s 110m hurdles heats, breaking his own university record, crossing the line in 5th place with 17.23 secs. This was followed by the women’s 200m, with Jones racing again to a huge PB of 26.32 secs, enough to secure a place in the semi-finals, in which she finished 6th. Adam Lyons ran impressively in the men’s 200m, finishing 5th in his heat.
In the field, McMahon and Ashley Mahlmeister gained seasons’ bests in the women’s long jump. In the men’s event, James Diamond leapt to a new PB of 6.60m, just missing out on a place in the final. Mahlmeister competed later in the triple jump, breaking her own university record, with 11.14m, which saw her qualify for the final.
Finally, EUAC’s other outstanding performer, Joe Bamford, qualified for the men’s Javelin final. In the final, he threw a good deal further than in qualification; a massive 54.97m, to place 6th overall. Bamford, in his first year, promises to be a huge talent for the future as he is currently ranked 2nd in the UK in the under 20 age group.
All in all, the club put in many impressive performances, and a number of university records now need to be rewritten. This is an even greater feat, considering the Exeter track is currently closed for resurfacing, and many athletes are making alternative training arrangements. EUAC’s results at BUCS bode well for the future when the track reopens, and athletes can once again pull on the green vest.
By Sarah Kearsey
Many thanks to Sarah Kearsey for compiling this report, following on from her Indoors report back in February!