Bedford international stadium is home to the outdoor athletics BUCS championships, the pinnacle of athleticism for many aspiring student athletes.
The competition draws athletes across Great Britain to compete for glory in their respective fields of expertise. However intimidating a tournament may seem, the exhilaration of the contest is more than rewarding for both participants and spectators alike.[pullquote]17 members of NUAXC set off on the 5-hour journey to Bedford[/pullquote]
Newcastle University is one of 193 colleges and universities competing in the national BUCS competitions. After arduous months of training in harsh northern winds, 17 members of NUAXC set off on the 5-hour journey to Bedford. The bank holiday weekend saw blue skies and warm weather surround the stadium as the Newcastle representatives arrived. They were met with an assemblage of dedicated athletes ready to compete in all disciplines from track and field including sprinters, jumpers, throwers and distance runners. Though athletics may be independent in competition, team spirit and morale persist; Cheers of encouragement increased resolve and determination despite the intense pressure.
The squad saw major success with particular excellence from Hannah Malpass for making it into the 200m sprint semi-finals, Liam Reveley for clearing a staggering 2m height to enter the high jump final and the 400m women’s relay team of Hannah Shepherd, Alice Nottingham, Francesca Robertson and Hannah Malpass which broke the previous NUAXC 400m women relay record. The adrenaline of such a monumental event also saw many other members of the team also see great personal triumph, many achieving personal bests as validation for the hard work the team has put in.
The event also was a spectacle to behold as globally recognised athletes such as Cameron Chalmers and Jess Judd competed in the 400m men’s sprint and women’s 5000m races respectively.
As the outdoor athletic season has begun, BUCS outdoors has left nothing but hunger in the hearts of our athletes as they wait for another shot of BUCS glory, to vie for a medal and a place on the podium of BUCS outdoors 2019