|Welcome to the Bristol University Cross Country and Athletics website. If you are an international athlete or just enjoy an occasional run with friends UBCCC like to think we can make running in Bristol pretty fun! So why not join up at freshers fair?
Our year starts like this:
Freshers fair, 7th - 8th October, come and sign up at our stand in the Students Union
Manchester Relays, 9th October A fun, short race to start the year,and a wicked night out courtesy of Manchester Uni. Spaces fill up fast so chat to us early at Fresh or send us an email if you are interested in coming along!
First training session, 11th October, An easy run with various groups to cater for all, don't worry, we wont leave anyone behind!
Weston Prom Run, 21st October, 5 mile road race along the seafront great for seasoned runners and beginners alike!
Bridge Inn 5k 26th October, 5km road race for all standards
For the full weekly training schedule see the training section
To view the Bristol University Running Network (aptly shortened to BURN) on Facebook, click here. It gives city-wide cross country and athletics news from the various clubs.
21/06/10 English U23 Championships Success
Congratulations to long time member Steve Mitchell who banished memories of his disppointing BUCs athletics performance at Bedford by returning to the same track to claim Bronze at the England U23 trials. The video of the race is here, and his inspirational post-race intreview is here.
10/05/10 Committee AGM 2010
After a successful year the club sat down to it's annual meeting in good spirits. Prizes went to Hannah Pollak for Best Fresher, Imogen Ainsworth for Best Athlete, Steve Mitchell for Lifetime Achievement and to Erica Golland for Most Improved. The all important Social Awards saw victories for Andy White in the Best One Off Drinking Performance category for his memorable effort in Manchester and to Mark Haworth and Steve Francis in the Best Fancy Dress category for their widely acclaimed cross-dressing at sports night, Score. Mike Grocott expressed a disappointment at the lack of recognition for 'Consistent Drinking Performance' not just the current 'Best One Off' award, but other than that, the awards were all well received and highly deserved.
The new committee was voted in;
Team Captain- Steve Francis
Vice Captain- Mark Haworth
Treasurer- Chris 'Abacus' Dodd
Social Sec- Hannah Pollak and Imo Ainsworth
Web Editor/ Secretary- Mike Grocott
Freshers Rep- Kat Coyte
BUCs Organiser-Erica Golland
04/05/10 BUCS Outdoors Track Championships
This weekend saw the annual British Universties Outdoor Athletics Chempionships. Bristol sent a rather depleted squad due to fieldtrips and injuries, but all performed admirably. Particular congratulations go to Lawrence Clarke for his Gold medal victory in the 110m hurdles by a clear distance. Well done also to Imogen Ainsworth who reached the final of the 1500m. Andrew Woods made a good comeback from injury in the 1500m and almost reached the semi-final as fastest loser. Where he just fell short, former-captain Steve Mitchell did not, he reached the semi-final only to disappointingly miss out on the finals in his final BUCs Championship. Hannah Pollak did well to progress from the 800m heats but couldn't compete in the next round.
10/03/10 IntraMural 5k
This Sunday 14th March saw the return of the Bristol University 5k Challenge, Bristol Cross Country upheld its reputation thanks to victory from Andrew Woods, and good performances from Steve Francis and Andy White.
08/03/10 IntraMural 5k
This Sunday 14th March sees the return of the Bristol 5k challenge. As the cross country club we have a reputation to uphold, lets get as many as possible entered and finishing. It'll be relaxed, and there are some great prizes for finishing. For more information, click here. Or to enter now, click here.
08/02/10 BUCS 2010
Congratulations and thanks to everyone that came to BUCS this weekend. It proved to be an an amazing weekend.
The women's team did us proud and won the team Silver, as well as an individual Bronze, Claire Hallisey came 3rd, Imogen Ainsworth 8th and Georgie Bruinvels 9th.
This was followed by Sarah Wigmore in 36th, Erica Golland in 56th, Hannah Pollack in 93rd, Aoife Grant in 109th, Suzanne Bailey in 127th, Jenny Brignall in 184th, Kat Coyte in 208th and Helen Wilson in 217th.
In the men's A race, Steve Mitchell was 27th, Dave Green 76th, Chris Dodd 95th, Dan Layton 101st, Pete Northall 134th and Steve Francis 151st.
The mens-B race saw Andy White finish in 93rd, Scott Watkins 99th, Rameez Khan 130th, Nick Young 188th and Mike Grocott 200th.
Well done to all, great performances and a very enjoyable weekend.
Full results available here:
20/01/10 Pub Quiz
The club will be competing in a slightly less taxing event on Monday 25th Jan, The Jersey Lily's Pub Quiz. All are welcome, would be great to see as many people as possible; first timers or even all you regulars with nothing better to do. Meet at around 8-8:30pm at the Jersey Lily on Whiteladies.
15/01/10 Welcome Back for Spring Term
Welcome back to everyone. Hopefully we all had a relaxing christmas and are ready for a new year of cross country! It's never too late to start attending our training sessions, make it a new years resolution and come along. Upcoming events this term;
Weds 20th Jan- New Years Social, meet at the humble abode of Mark Haworth for drinks, then head out to Bunker. See recent email for details.
Sat 6th Feb - BUCS weekend in Stirling. There are still two womens places for the inaugural University Championships, email for details. The highlight of our calendar, lets make it a great weekend!
Centre Parcs report and Christmas meal info
Great weekend at Centre Parcs with 18 athletes spending the weekend training, racing in the violent rapids of Longleat, running with lions and drunkenly giving Mark Haworth a much-needed haircut.
This year's xmas meal will be at the alma tavern (it's on alma vale road which is just behind clifton down sainsbury's). It's 7pm on the wednesday 9th december and is likley to be in fancy dress seeing as SCORE is straight after! (not sure what our theme is yet though). If you want to come along you need to email by friday (email firstname.lastname@example.org). Check your email for the menu - it's £17 for 2 courses or £21 for 3.
Mike Vella, Erica Golland
There was a good turn out to the Mike Sully Cross Country 4k race on the downs today. Well done to everyone who took part. Ex-UBCCC member Tom Russell took the win for the third year running with a fine performance. The womens race was somewhat marred by a stewards mistake in the number of laps completed, which meant they finished a lap early. Imo Ainsworth and Claire Hallissey were both in good positions at the front when the race was prematurely ended without giving them a chance to pounce! There were also very good placings in the mens race.
Don't forget, next weekend is the CenterParcs training weekend at Longleat!
The Annual Mike Sully 4k takes place on the Downs tomorrow, the womens race will be around 1320 and mens race at around 1340. Good luck to those running. There will be a few post-race drinks at the White Bear at 8pm, feel free to come along whether you've raced or not!
14/11/09 Slog Race Report
A long tradition in UBCCC (University of Bristol Cross Country Club) history, the Sodbury slog held in nearby Chipping Sodbury on Remembrance Sunday is not a race to be forgotten or taken lightly. Running 9 miles through mud, fields, ditches, trenches and plunge pools whilst trying not to lose your shoes is hard enough, let alone in “cops and robbers” fancy dress. The UBCCC and the ‘Old Boys’ returned to run as ‘Cops’ alongside their successors, this year dressed as robbers, continuing a longstanding theme of fancy dress.
In its tenth year, despite threats of cancellation from environmental movements, the Sodbury slog ran its course on the 8th of November and received a full complement of 31 Bristol University and old boys runners. With our runners finishing 2nd 5th and 10th place and 1st lady and "winning both the mens and ladies team prizes, a good result was taken from the day.
2nd and 3rd place runners from last year were unable to compete due to injury and other races so David Green (who came 4th last year) was left to lead the Bristol pack and, ‘Mona Lisa’ in hand, he took on the Challenge quickly stealing away to the front to battle it out for the lead, eventually finishing in 2nd place. Strong performances from Chris Dodd, Steve Francis and Pete Northall left them in 5th, 10th and 16th places respectively and Andy White, the club captain, finished a confident 28th.
As is often the way, the men were thoroughly outdone by the ladies, led by Sarah Wigmore who finished 1st in the ladies category with a very impressive 14th position overall. Her performance was followed by Imogen Ainsworth, Erica Golland, Bella Ryle and Vicky Plume finishing 3rd, 4th, 5th and 8th in the ladies category.
The race started off at a reasonably quick pace with a large UBCCC pack near the front, all keen to reach the mud before it had been trampled by the best part of 1300 other competitors on the first mile of road before the turn onto a gradual climb in a field.
The combination of last week’s downpour and the ditches, trails and fields led to an abundance of mud which hugely reduced the chances of keeping both shoes on for the entirety of the race.
As the race wore and the term ‘slog’ seemed more applicable, the field thinned out and exciting areas such as the 4 foot deep plunge pool and the intimidating hill lead up to 50 m of what can only be described as a muddy trench about five feet deep.
After this, only a mile or so was left and with renewed intent and some more tarmac the pace picked up for the finish; the race charged through the streets of Chipping Sodbury making its way to the finish arch, followed by bags of food, bananas and, most importantly, hot showers.
After everyone had cleaned and had returned to Bristol the real competition was fought as, Mark Haworth, Steve Francis, Chris Dodd, Pete Northall and Dangerous successfully tackled 16” pizzas in an undeclared race at our sponsor, Pizza Provencale.
Congratulations to all who completed the Sodbury Slog this weekend, we had an excellent turn out. Particularly well done to Dave Green and Chris "I don't want to do the Slog" Dodd who finished 2nd and 5th respectively, and to Sarah Wigmore, who won the womens category. Burglar costumes were excellent and by the end they were rather obscured by a healthy coating of mud. Excellent.
Full results are available here.
The training page is finally updated!
Also, news on a training camp! Over the last weekend in November, the club will be holding a training camp at Longleat Center Parcs. Email email@example.com if interested!
This weekend's trip to the Manchester Relays was a great success (apart from the beer racing), results are available here. Well done to all, especially Imo Ainsworth and Steve"I'm never drinking again" Mitchell both of whom produced 3rd fastest times of the day in their respective categories.
After an excellent night out it was then to Birmingham, and the World Half Marathon Championships. Congratulations to Claire Hallissey for another superb performance, the first Briton home, in 72.14 and 25th place. For a longer, more knowledgeable report, click here.
UBCCC are pleased to announce they will be sponsored by Lizard Lounge, Pizza Provencale and Deloitte this year. Thanks to those involved for making everything possible.
For full and earlier news of 2009-10, see the News section.
Previous Season's News 08/09
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