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UoB BUCS Athletics Success


The University of Brighton have had their most successful BUCS Outdoor Athletics Championships ever.

Over the bank holiday weekend over 2,000 athletes competed in BUCS competitions with 12 representing the University of Brighton. Students on the University of Brighton scholarship programme went on to win 4 medals and achieve a 4th place. Overall the team amassed 36 BUCS points in a single weekend, which should push Brighton up 3 places in the BUCS Rankings to 53rd.


First to be in the thick of finals action were Brighton's shot putters. Joey Watson threw a 14.49m despite injury and Daniel James-Thomas threw a 15.77m, beating third place by a huge 25cm.

On Day 2 Bryn Smith missed out on a place in the 100m final by 0.11 seconds and came 10th overall out of 82 seeded competitors. To race so well and still have enough in the tank to sprint into a Silver medal the day after is a remarkable achievement.

Pole Vaulter George Turner (pictured) did everything right on the day, eclipsing the competition and securing Gold. George Mills ran consistently all weekend, measuring his effort to put in his best performance in the final to secure a Bronze medal.

In the medal table Brighton finished 9th out of 44 Universities to end up on a podium, given that those ahead include athletics juggernauts such as Loughborough and St Mary’s to be in the top 20% is something to be proud of. In total 99 institutions entered athletes into the championships.

Place Institution Name Medal Tally
1 Loughborough 32
2 Brunel 15
3 Cardiff Met 10
4 East London 10
5 St Mary's 7
6 Birmingham 6
7 Bath 6
8 Oxford 5
9 Brighton 4
10 Sheffield 3