The Stirling Dog (University of Stirling), held off a late charge from Rory the Lion (University of Birmingham) to win this year’s BUCS Nationals Mascot race and help raise funds for the Danny Porter Foundation.

Sixteen representatives of Institutions from across the country, in addition to BUCS’ Brian the Lion, lined up for the 200m race at Sheffield’s English Institute of Sport, with three heats deciding the six finalists. Hector the Panda of Edinburgh took the bronze medal.

Each institution made a minimum donation of £30 to the Danny Porter Foundation, a charity that raises funds to help in the fight against cancer in memory of Dan Porter, the late Head of Sport at Sheffield Hallam University.

Sam Bell-Minogue, Director of Delivery at BUCS, said: “The Mascot race has become one of the real highlights of BUCS Nationals, and it was wonderful to see so many institutions taking part again this year. It’s not often you get to see a duck running against a heart on an international athletics track!

“The work of The Danny Porter Foundation is close to the heart of many in the Higher Education sports community, so we are grateful that BUCS Nationals can contribute in a small way to such a worthy cause.

“I look forward to seeing even more institutions taking part in 2025!”

Dan Porter MBE was a champion of university sport and was a big supporter of BUCS Nationals. Sadly, he passed away after a strong battle with numerous cancers.

The Foundation provides donations and grants to other charities to help in research, support, care and equipment to people suffering from cancer and/or requiring neurological surgery. The Foundation will help patients whose friends and family are struggling to provide the support they would like due to their personal circumstances.

You can make a donation to the page here.

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