Pete Lendon is Nottingham’s 2016 BNOC of the year… and the entire country

‘Literally from birth my life was just a joke’


In a competition as one-sided as when Australia beat American Samoa 31-0 at football in 2001, Pete Lendon has defeated all opponents to become Nottingham’s 2016 BNOC of the Year.

The only female to make it to the final; she impressively took over 46 per cent of the vote, beating Danny Estreich who came in second with 20 per cent, and fellow fresher Guy Britton who came in third with 18 per cent. Third years Jack Ieuan Tranter and Brad Deas had to settle for fourth and fifth place, respectively.

Not only that, but when put to a national vote, Pete won by a narrow margin to be crowned the biggest BNOC in the UK.

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Since her convincing victory in round four, Pete has captured the hearts and minds of Nottingham students, with tales of her tragic drunk escapades clearly resonating with the electorate. Whilst already possessing the titles of President of Broadgate Park and Hockey Fresher of the Year, she can now add the title to end all titles to her repertoire: BNOC of the Year.

The Tab caught up with our new Queen BNOC, to gather her reaction to her new found fame:

Pete, many congratulations, what does this mean to you?

I don’t really know what to think about all of this. I’m still just Pete. I mean it’s probably the only thing I’ll get over 40% in this year – so that’s a big achievement.

I didn’t even expect to win the first round against Leo [Lightfoot, an odds on tip to win], so to win the whole thing and be in the running to also win the national title, I have absolutely no idea how to react – it’s crazy!

How people have reacted?

Let’s just say there’s going to be a BNOC crowning party in Broadgate next week. But really, we love any excuse to have a block party.

Even last week in Ocean people were congratulating me for winning the preliminary round and asking for photos, so I can’t imagine what this week’s Ocean will be like.

Having a shout out for National BNOC from Andy Hoe was also a particular highlight.

What would you like to say to your fans?

Firstly I want to say thanks to Ellie and Beaver for nominating me, I don’t know whether I love or hate you guys yet!

Thank you to everyone who voted, but thanks particularly to my block Firs in Boadgate – and Yaya (Jack Ieuan Tranter) for self-sacrificing himself so we didn’t split the hockey vote.

We did it lads!