Loughborough retained their outdoor BUCS titles with another dominant team performance on an unusually sunny bank holiday at Bedford. 15 Gold, 6 Silver and 7 Bronze medals were due reward for the clubs strength as they captured medals all over the place to add to Joe Wilkinson’s bronze attained in the 10000m, the previous weekend.
Jamie Webb had an ambitious weekend as he endeavoured a tough 800m/1500m double (six races in three days) and whilst this looked to be taking its toll as he took the bronze in his favoured 800m, the GB International bounced back to take the 1500m.
Jess Judd, who had taken two titles 12 months ago, contented herself by retaining her 5000m title in comfortable fashion, whilst Cari Hughes ensured that the 1500m title stayed in Loughborough’s hands in her first BUCS outdoor championships.
Natalie Hooper added the Outdoor women’s pole vault title to the Indoor one she had won in Sheffield earlier in the year to cement a great come back story, having missed competing all of her first year at Loughborough rehabilitating from injury.
There was also a double of sorts for the women hurdlers; Megan Marrs building on her great indoor campaign to take the 100H, whilst Georgie Rogers won the 400h – the 9th different Loughborough winner and 13th event win overall since the turn of the millennium.
Loughborough’s throwers produced some excellent early season form to win all three of the men’s long throws (Taylor Campbell Hammer, George Armstrong Discus and Greg Millar Javelin) with Rebekah Hemplett also retaining her javelin title. These title winners were ably supported by a further six medal winners from LSAC’s able bodied throwers: Matt Beattie and Dan Bainbridge ensured there were Loughborough 1-2’s in both the men’s discus and Javelin respectively, whilst Katie Lambert similarly took silver in the Women’s hammer. Diane Mari Hardie set a life time best 13.18m to take an unexpected bronze in the Women’s shot, as did fellow multi eventer Ellen Barber in the javelin with 43.43m. Kathryn Woodcock also finishing in third place in the discus final.
Loughborough’s para athletes similarly excelled capturing no fewer than four golds, one silvers and a bronze.; Zac Skinner – Gold and silver in the LJ and 100m – Ben Jones a silvers in the LJ and Isaac Towers winning the 800m Wheelchair event after a bronze in the 100m sprint. In the ambulant Shot and Discus, Josh Bain secured a golden double, whilst mention too for Amy Waring who won the women’s equivalent throws but with no opposition turning up, she was denied any medal award.
Back on the track Emily Smith and Alex Babour took silver and bronze respectively in the women’s 2k steeplechase with Kristian Jones winning bronze in a closely fought men’s 200m final.
Concluding the championships, the relays saw a medal of each colour for Loughborough; the men’s 4x 100 ran 41.71 in both heat and final for bronze and whilst the men’s 4x 400m were overhauled on the last leg by a strong Bath team, the women’s squad of Sabrina Bakare, Georgie Rogers, Matilda Rainsborough and Commonwealth Heptathlon bronze medallist Niamh Emerson, were never headed in a convincing win.