NUAXC members race against time

Toby Bryant reports on NUAXC's Past vs Present Race as the semester comes to a close

Toby Bryant
7th May 2018
Club members were on hand to cheer on the runners Images: NUAXC

The cross country season may have come to an end, but Newcastle University’s Athletics and Cross Country Club are keeping themselves busy over the closing weeks of the semester.

The BUCS Athletics competition is just around the corner but before that the club re-united with past members on Saturday 28 April for the annual Past vs Present race.

Taking place in Exhibition Park, 16 runners took part in a relay event which saw both present and former students mixed into teams of four. Laps around the Exhibition Park lake, looked over by Wylam Brewery, were around 400 metres in length with every team completing 10.

[pullquote]16 runners took part in a relay event which saw both present and former students mixed into teams of four[/pullquote]

The 10 legs were tactfully divided between the four members to complete in the quickest overall time.

The winning team saw the cross country side of the club take glory as Sam Hansen, Rebecca Charlton, James Anthoney and former member, Chris, were first across the line in a time of 24:43. Team 2 followed in 25:21, with Team 3 and Team 1 completing the course in 25:32 and 25:53 respectively.

After the event it was time for some pizza and beer as the runners headed down to the nearby North Terrace. This gave the chance for more former NUAXC members to join current runners and share stories of their times at the club.

Another successful race in 2018 which left club members in good spirits for their final weeks of training.

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