University of Birmingham Sport

Great Edinburgh Run

Cross-Country Success for Birmingham Athletes

The University of Birmingham was superbly represented at the Great Edinburgh Run this year, which featured on the BBC on Saturday 13th of January.

Talent ID athlete Niamh Brown ran for Team GB in the Junior Women’s race. She finished a very impressive 6th overall, and was the 3rd British athlete home behind teammates Cari Hughes and Khahisa Mhlanga. The performance meant the Team GB won the overall Gold, pipping Team USA to the post by just 1 point!

Sports scholar James Gormley also represented England at the event, in the 4x1km International Relay Challenge. Historically, this is a tough event against very strong teams. James ran a blinding leg, managing to beat a runner on the team who went on to be the eventual winners.

To view full results from the event click here.

It is brilliant to have multiple students from the University competing on the international stage alongside household names such as Laura Muir and Andy Vernon. Both Niamh and James alongside other Birmingham students have another big event coming up, the BUCS Cross Country Championships which will be held at Hillingdon Fields, Uxbridge on the 3rd of February. Birmingham has a very successful reputation at these Championships and it is the pinnacle of the winter training for large portions of the Athletics Club. It is hoped that this year’s event will be no different!

The Ladies, who were 2nd last year, are looking to reclaim the team title from Loughborough. Birmingham won this title in 2014, 15 and 16!
Forerunners are:

  • Niamh Brown (1st year, Talent ID) who has represented GB twice this winter already.
  • Vic Weir (2nd year, Scholar), 4th individually last year and multiple GB vests in the past 12 months.
  • Becky Straw (4th year, Scholar), perennial contender and mature leader of the team.
  •  Cat Thomas (3rd year), multiple BUCS medallist and has beaten almost all of the other University girls this winter already.
  • Megan Davies (3rd year), BUCS Silver 1500m 2017.
  • Sabrina Sinha (1st year, Scholar), made huge progress this winter and will compete providing her recent ankle sprain is recovered enough.

The men, who failed to earn a team medal last year for the first time in 10 years are out for vengeance. However, it will take some feat to overhaul very strong teams from Loughborough and St Mary’s for the Gold, they will look to vie for a medal against strong teams from Cardiff Met, Oxford, Cambridge and Leeds. The likes of Jonny Davies and Andy Heyes, who both are attacking a place on the World Indoor Team, will be sorely missed. But once again the club have managed to recruit very strong 1st years and have rebuilt the men’s team to the strength and depth of recent years.


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