Keeping up with the Blues

Edward Smith from the Cambridge University Athletics Club is the Tab’s first sports columnist of the year. He looks back upon a hugely successful season for the club.

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After a hugely successful Indoors Varsity Match in February, bringing home 3 of the 4 trophies, the stage was set for Cambridge University Athletics Club (CUAC) to continue its winning ways of late in 2013.

With many athletes fresh from an incredibly successful Achilles tour of America, both the Men’s and Women’s teams excelled at the 139th Varsity Match as Cambridge extended its winning streak to 5 years in a row, taking a clean sweep with victories for both first and second teams.  Indeed, as Ross Elsby (Former Men’s Blues Captain) said at the end of the season, “CUAC has displayed the unique ability to inspire continued success over many years, and there is no sign of this success stopping in the near future.”

The full squad

The full squad

Throughout the year there were also many great individual performances by CUAC athletes. In particular: Emily Dudgeon and Hanna Tarver over 800m; Alison Greggor over 5000m and Rebecca Moore over 10000m all performed exceptionally, medalling at BUCS. Whilst in the Men’s team Jon Cook, Lewis Lloyd, Matt Houldon and Joe Christopher excelled. Jon represented England at the Loughborough International meeting whilst Lewis achieved the European U20 1500m qualifying standard; Matt broke the VFEAR triple jump record and Joe emphatically won his BUCS 5000m heat, narrowly missing a final medal.

The victorious mens relay team

“CUAC has displayed the unique ability to inspire continued success over many years, and there is no sign of this success stopping in the near future.”

As a result, following these achievements, the team is poised, better, faster and stronger than ever before with the high stakes of the 140th Varsity quickly approaching. Think you have what it takes to be part of this? If so, we want to hear from you.