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Records tumble at BUCS Outdoor Athletics Championships 02/05/2011

With one year to go before the BUCS Outdoor Athletics Championships head to the Olympic Stadium as a test event for London 2012, the 2011 event, which took place in Bedford, saw over 1000 students compete over the bank holiday weekend.

With one year to go before the BUCS Outdoor Athletics Championships head to the Olympic Stadium as a test event for London 2012, the 2011 event, which took place in Bedford, saw over 1000 students compete over the bank holiday weekend.

Sophie Hitchin - BUCS Outdoor Athletics Championships 2011The most notable performance came from Sophie Hitchon who smashed the British Record for the women’s Hammer with a throw of 69.43.  Hitchon, who was a guest of the UKA for the Championships, beat Lorraine Shaw’s record, a Loughborough University graduate, of 68.93 from 2003.  After her record breaking throw Hitchon commented:

"The atmosphere at this BUCS event has really helped me achieve my distance today.  It has been going really well in training but this throw today is much more than I expected"

Myra Perkins (Loughborough University) took the BUCS Gold medal in the same event with a throw of 61.94, smashing her personal best and the Scottish U20 record. Other highlights came in the men’s 400m hurdles and women’s 2000m Steeple chase as Niall Flannery (Loughborough) and Eilish McColgan (Dundee) returned home with BUCS Gold medals.  Flannery finished just under two seconds ahead of the next nearest athlete with a time of 50.47.  Flannery took Gold in this event last season and is the 2009 Aviva English Schools Champion.   Eilish McColgan broke the Championship Best Performance (CBP) that was set in 2005, by over half a second when she finished in a time of 6.42.24.

It was Loughborough University who took the overall team trophy with a powerful display across numerous disciplines.  Both the women’s and men's team title went to Loughborough. 

The BUCS Athletics programme continues to grow in importance for the sport, the test event in 2012 testament to its development, and this year saw another mile stone for the student athletics division.   For the first time in its history the BUCS outdoor athletics championships included seven disciplines for disability athletes.

Katy Jones, Senior Co-ordinator Paralympic Talent from UK Athletics, comments:

"This weekend has been great! This style of competition is a first step towards a pathway to long term athlete development, with BUCS Leading the way ensuring the points system highlights the importance of fully integrated university teams"

For full results from the weekend pleaseclick here

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