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York improve once again at BUCS Cross-Country

YORK’S ATHLETICS TEAM

braved last weekend’s atrocious

weather and made the mammoth

journey to Bicton College in Exeter

for the annual BUCS Cross Country

Championships.

The event is held at the start

of February each year and is one of

the toughest races on the domestic

running calendar. Almost 1 000

students from all over the UK took

part, making it one of the biggest

BUCS events this year.

The Men’s team came into the

race in fine form, and with one of

the strongest teams they’ve had for

several years. Expectations were

high for an impressive team perfor

-

mance, and this was certainly deliv

-

ered. The Men’s A team, comprising

of the University’s six best runners,

achieved their highest finishing

position (26th) in the team event.

Fresher Jake Hooley led the charge

in 86th with a storming final lap.

George Cook was next in for York,

just two places ahead of Thomas

Fulton, who was right at the front of

the race in the opening few hundred

metres. George Phillips was York’s

fourth scorer, with Danny Figg and

Jack Eggington just behind. Many

of the runners in the top 50 have

previously represented England

either on the road, track or cross

country, and the universities that

finished ahead of York receive much

more financial backing for their

teams. Therefore, the men should

be really pleased with themselves,

and will be looking to build on this

result for the rest of the season.

Last year, the Women’s team

finished 17th overall, the highest

ever position a York team has man

-

aged. Unfortunately, this hasn’t

been matched in 2019, but those

who competed can still take many

positives from their run. Many of

the team were only just coming

back from illness and injury, while

others were still feeling the effects

of a half-marathon in January. Jes

-

sica Troy was first home in the black

and gold, then Claire Jones, Olivia

Mann and Cara Gibbons came in

next.

The Men’s B-string race is one

of the more chaotic races of the

day.  It often begins with a race to

the first corner, after which the win

-

ner is rarely seen again. Nudity is

another common tradition of the

event, and this year was no differ

-

ent, as the B-Race was momentarily

led by a flag-wielding streaker.

In a field of over 500, MA stu

-

dent, Joe Walton, was York’s highest

finisher, just under a minute ahead

of Harry Topham, George Mallin

-

son and Jasper Barker, who were

separated by less than 15 seconds.

The team may not have finished as

high as they have done in previous

years, but with so many runners in

such close proximity to one another,

next year’s team looks set to be ex

-

tremely competitive. Long-distance

Team Captain George Phillips said:

“It’s fantastic to see UOYAC rising

up the table. I’m extremely proud

of the hard work that everyone put

in over the weekend. There were

strong performances across the

board and a great level of encourge

-

ment given to those racing.”

St Mary’s University crossed the

line first in the Men’s A by less than

a second, and were also victorious

in the Men’s B and Women’s races.

However, they only won the Team

event in the Men’s A Race, losing

out to bitter rivals Loughborough in

the other two competitions.

YORK’S ATHLETICS TEAM

braved last weekend’s atrocious

weather and made the mammoth

journey to Bicton College in Exeter

for the annual BUCS Cross Country

Championships.

The event is held at the start

of February each year and is one of

the toughest races on the domestic

running calendar. Almost 1 000

students from all over the UK took

part, making it one of the biggest

BUCS events this year.

The Men’s team came into the

race in fine form, and with one of

the strongest teams they’ve had for

several years. Expectations were

high for an impressive team perfor

-

mance, and this was certainly deliv

-

ered. The Men’s A team, comprising

of the University’s six best runners,

achieved their highest finishing

position (26th) in the team event.

Fresher Jake Hooley led the charge

in 86th with a storming final lap.

George Cook was next in for York,

just two places ahead of Thomas

Fulton, who was right at the front of

the race in the opening few hundred

metres. George Phillips was York’s

fourth scorer, with Danny Figg and

Jack Eggington just behind. Many

of the runners in the top 50 have

previously represented England

either on the road, track or cross

country, and the universities that

finished ahead of York receive much

more financial backing for their

teams. Therefore, the men should

be really pleased with themselves,

and will be looking to build on this

result for the rest of the season.

Last year, the Women’s team

finished 17th overall, the highest

ever position a York team has man

-

aged. Unfortunately, this hasn’t

been matched in 2019, but those

who competed can still take many

positives from their run. Many of

the team were only just coming

back from illness and injury, while

others were still feeling the effects

of a half-marathon in January. Jes

-

sica Troy was first home in the black

and gold, then Claire Jones, Olivia

Mann and Cara Gibbons came in

next.

The Men’s B-string race is one

of the more chaotic races of the

day.  It often begins with a race to

the first corner, after which the win

-

ner is rarely seen again. Nudity is

another common tradition of the

event, and this year was no differ

-

ent, as the B-Race was momentarily

led by a flag-wielding streaker.

In a field of over 500, MA stu

-

dent, Joe Walton, was York’s highest

finisher, just under a minute ahead

of Harry Topham, George Mallin

-

son and Jasper Barker, who were

separated by less than 15 seconds.

The team may not have finished as

high as they have done in previous

years, but with so many runners in

such close proximity to one another,

next year’s team looks set to be ex

-

tremely competitive. Long-distance

Team Captain George Phillips said:

“It’s fantastic to see UOYAC rising

up the table. I’m extremely proud

of the hard work that everyone put

in over the weekend. There were

strong performances across the

board and a great level of encourge

-

ment given to those racing.”

St Mary’s University crossed the

line first in the Men’s A by less than

a second, and were also victorious

in the Men’s B and Women’s races.

However, they only won the Team

event in the Men’s A Race, losing

out to bitter rivals Loughborough in

the other two competitions


YORK'S ATHLETICS TEAM braved last weekend's atrocious weather and made the mammoth journey to Bicton College in Exeter for the annual BUCS Cross Country Championships.

The event is held at the start of February each year and is one of the toughest races on the domestic running calendar. Almost 1,000 students from all over the UK took part, making ot one of the biggest BUCS events this year.

The Men's team came into the race in fine form, and with one of the strongest teams they've had for several years. Expectations were high for an impressive team performance, and this was certainly delivered. The Men's A team, comprising the University's six best runners, achieved their highest finishing position (26th). Fresher Jake Hooley led the charge in 86th with a storming final lap. George Cook was next in for York, just two places ahead of Thomas Fulton, who was right at the front of the race in the opening few hundred metres. George Philipps was York's fourth scorer, with Danny Figg and Jack Eggington just behind. Many of the runners in the top 50 have previously represnted England either on the road, track or cross country, and the universities that finished ahead of York receive much more financial backing for their teams. Therefore, the men should be really pleased with themselves, and will be looking to build on this result for the rest of the season.

Last year, the Women's team finished 17th overall, the highest ever position a York team has managed. Unfortunately, this hasn't been matched in 2019, but those who competed can still take many positives from their run. Many of the team were only just coming back from illness and injury, while others were still feeling the effects of a half-marathon in January. Jessica Troy was first home in the black and gold, then Claire Jones, Olivia Mann and Cara Gibbons came in next.

The Men's B-string race is one of the more chaotic races of the day. It often begins with a race to the first corner, after which the winner is rarely seen again. Nudity is another common tradition of the event, and this year was no different, as the B-Race was momentarily led by a flag-wielding streaker.

In a field of over 500, MA student, Joe Walton, was York's highest finisher, just under a minute ahead of Harry Topham, George Mallinson and Jasper Barker, who were separated by less than 15 seconds. The team may not have finished as high as they have done in previous years, but with so many runners in such close proximity to one another, next year's team looks set to be extremely competitive. Long-distance Team Captain George Phillips said: 'It's fantastic to see UOYAC rising up the table. I'm extremely proud of the hard work that everyone put in over the weekend. There were strong performances across the board and a great level of encouragement given to those racing.' 

St Mary's University crossed the line first in the Men's A by less than a second, and were also victorious in the Men's B and Women's races. However, they only won the Team event in the Men's A Race, losing out to bitter rivals Loughborough in the other two competitions.

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