The first weekend in February is one of the most important in the Cross Country calendar, and this year was no different for the Birmingham University Athletics Club. Over 100 athletes made the trip down to snowy Exeter for the BUCS weekend event.
By far the biggest success story of the weekend came in the Women’s race, with 1st year Scholar Amelia Quirk posting a superb run to finish 2nd. It was an incredible race from the fresher, who was beaten only by the current European u23 Cross Country champion. Amelia was not alone in her success, with brilliant finishes from Sabrina Sinha (12th), Julia Tomzcak (15th), Laura Gent (16th) and Emma Houchell (19th) rounding out the top 20. Emily Thompson (22nd) and Kate Palfreeman-Watt (33rd) also ran very well, with the latter competing in trainers! These fantastic results helped the team secure silver and make it 12 years in a row of team medalling in this event.
Birmingham had an impressive 18 out of the top 100 finishers in the event, and 7 before many teams could count their top 3 scorers. The future seems bright as well for the BUAC women, as 9 of their top 12 are still eligible to compete next year – the team may look to improve upon their silver medal…
In the Men’s event, all of the BUAC athletes were making their debuts in the competition, but were aware of the gravity of the event and competed with real determination. Despite missing some key runners, the men finished in 6th, their highest position since 2016. Competing in an extremely strong field, with 22 out of the top 30 athletes having represented England or GB, there were great performances from Daniel Carpenter (35th), Charlie Davies (41st), Tom Drabble (46th), Alex Lanz (59th), Grant Anderson (66th) and Alex Rieley (76th).
The weekend was first-rate from a Birmingham perspective, as they continued to assert themselves as one of the top Cross Country universities in the country. Keep an eye on the club’s Twitter page for up to date news and upcoming events!
Read more about the weekend on the Athletics Weekly report of the event.