It would not be cross-country if there was not awful weather and freezing conditions. Appropriately, this years snow came BUCS, leaving the grounds at Cardiff a winter wonderland, with the levels of snow well over the ankles in some areas of the course. However, this did not put off thousands of runners from all uk uni’s digging deep, both psychologically and physically, to complete the races.
The Women’s race, over 7.5 km, was won by Hannah Walker in a stunning 24.08. This race exposed the rising star of the uni team, Rebecca Jameson in which her and Lucy Crookes where in the top ten at beginning of the race. Into the race Lucy realised her mistake and dropped back, whereas Becky held on before both athletes faded toward the end to finish 59th andd 63rd respectively. Our most experienced runner Mary Ferrier completed her 6th and final BUCs used her experience to work her way through the field finally pipping Crookes on the finishing straight to finish 62nd. Amicia Lee finished in 191st, Hannah Krraus in 273rd, Fiona Wiles in 281st and Bethan Hammons in 285th.
Leeds University had six runners in the Men’s A race, a tough 10.6K. Spookily 666 men completed the course in a massive field. The winner was Jonny Hay in a speedy 30.02,. World Champion triathlete Jonathan Brownlee was Leeds University’s first finisher, in 30.43 which placed him in 5th position. Club captain Fredd slemeck placed a great 69th, with Ben Marriot in 103rd, Kit secretary Luke Buswell in 151st who likened the snowy conditions to “running through iron” and Elliot Jackson in 35.39. Brownlee had no older brother for competition as in Varsity only a fortnight ago, but managed to stay in front pack until last lap where fell behind slipping into 4th on the wooded section, then down into 5th on the almost cruel and demoralising 500m finishing straight. his postion aided the mens team to finish a brilliant 10th, just ahead of our rivals leeds me
After such a taxing race, and indeed cross-country season, it is unsurprising that LUUCCC now look enthusiastically on to the spring and summer seasons. For some this entails track events, for others the road running season, and for others the London Olympics!