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BUCS XC gold ambition for Jonny Davies 26/01/2016

Second year Biosciences student, Jonny Davies, has been making headlines with his recent gold medal performance SPAR European Cross Country Championships. Now he has his sights firmly set on gold at the BUCS Cross Country Championships, 6 February. 

This will be Jonny’s third year racing in the championships; he gained 3rd place in his first year, second behind fellow Birmingham student, Jonny Hay, last year but is hoping for third time lucky this time around.

Since returning to university from his Christmas break, Jonny has looked in fine form. His current pre-event training regime has him running 75-80 miles per-week – his highest mileage. He will reduce the number of miles in the week leading up to the BUCS Championships, where he will face strong competition from university athletes.

“I’m quite confident about the BUCS Championships. There are a couple of other athletes which will make it a close competition, but I like races like that,” says Jonny.

This year, the BUCS Cross Country Championships have had a record number of entrants: 1799, in the male and female category combined. As well as the vast number of athletes between Jonny and the gold medal he longs for, the standard is set to be at an all-time high.

This year’s championships has more at stake than gold, silver and bronze medals, as there is the opportunity for the highest-performing athletes in the long race to qualify for selection to the World University Cross Country Championships, 2016.

As a gold scholar, Jonny has been supported by the University of Birmingham’s scholarships team and High Performance Centre, which includes weekly meetings and lab sessions to optimise his performance and condition.

After the BUCS Cross Country Championships, Jonny will continue to compete in high-level races, namely: the Sainsbury’s Glasgow Grand Prix, where he will come up against sporting icon Mo Farah who is aiming for a world record. Similarly, Jonny will have his eye on Olympic qualification in the 5,000m event, where he hopes to achieve the qualifying time to book his place in Rio 2016.


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