Gold for Andy at BUCS Indoors, EIS Sheffield

Saturday 20-Sunday 21 February 2016

Andy Heyes won the 3k with a controlled run at the British Universities and Colleges Indoor Championships. A leading group of three moved away early in the race before Andy put in a controlled surge with 1k to go to win in 8:08:64. Earlier Andy had won his heat in 8:34.46.

Tom Bains ran well in his heat to qualify automatically with at time of 8:32.15. In the final Tom finished 12th in 8:41.55.

Video of the race can be found here.

PB for Calli in 3k, Husky Classic, Seattle, USA

Saturday 13 February 2016

Calli Thackery took 4 seconds off her pb in finishing 5th in the 3k in 9:03.59 at the Husky Classic. Calli’s time is only 3 seconds outside the qualifying time for the World Indoor Championships and is a University of New Mexico record. It is also the 2nd fastest time in the UK this year.

Bronze for Dave and Team Gold for Men at Dewsbury 10k

Sunday 7 February 2016

Dave Archer took the bronze medal in the Northern Athletics 10k road championships at Dewsbury and led the team to the Northern title. Dave covered the course in 31:35 with Andy Challenger 5th in 32:05, Ben Beattie 14th in 33:20 and Zak Mellard 20th in 34:05.


Silver for Andy at BUCS Cross Country Championships, Gloucester

Saturday 6 February 2016

Andy Heyes returned from injury to lead Birmingham University to the team title and claim the individual silver medal at the British Universities and Colleges cross country championships. A leading group of Callum Hawkins, Johnie Davies and Andy broke away early in the race. Hawkins won in impressive style on a flat, muddy and very windy course with Andy overhauling Davies, the European U23 cross country champion on the final lap to take second in 31:32. Andy also automatically qualified for the World University Cross Country Championship in Cassino, Italy on 12 March.

Steve Bayton continued his excellent form by leading the University of Sheffield to an impressive fourth place in finishing 13th in 32:07. Bertie Houghton was the 4th counter in 35th in 32:55.

Connor Milnes, running for Sheffield Hallam, finished in the 80s around 34:30 (his result does not appear in the official results). Wyatt Hill was 192nd in 37:50.

Tom Bains (Leeds Met) was 38th in 33:03.

In the Men’s short race, Steve Worthington (Sheffield) ran well to finish 14th in 25:26. Aidan Smith (Oxford) was 16th 25:23 with Sam Peters (Exeter) 142nd in 28:55.

Again, Ellie Crownshaw’s result in the Women’s  race has not been recorded in the final results.

There were many other very good performances from the students who train with the group. The successful University of Sheffield team also included Jonathan Tobin in 28th in 32:41 and Joe Wilkinson 31st in 32:51. Will Mycroft was 47th in 33:16 with Tom Horton 73rd in 33:16.

University of Sheffield were 12th in the Women’s race with Jenny Evans 54th in 24:08, Ellen Downs76th in 24:42 with Becky Rigby 78th in 24;44.

Full results can be found here.

Photos available here.