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24-26 February 2023 Competitions Roundup

24-26 February 2023 Competitions Roundup


Lots to celebrate over the past weekend, including international performances, gold medals and varsity victories.


Image: Matthew Fall at the BUCS Climbing Championships


At the National Cross Country Championships, Cambridge were very well represented on the day and showed their strength on the scene.

In the Junior Women category, Beatrice Wood (Lucy Cavendish) took the top spot, winning a gold medal – perhaps her best ever performance! There was also a podium place for Niamh Bridson Hubbard (Magdalene) in the Senior Women’s event, who finished in 3rd to secure a brilliant bronze.

Image: Jerry Sun

Meanwhile fellow UCAPP athletes Phoebe Barker and Nancy Scott put in excellent showings to  finish in 19th and 23rd respectively.

A huge congrats to this talented group!


At BUCS Nationals in Sheffield, there were many reasons to celebrate for Cambridge University Athletic Club, who recorded several excellent results:

  • 3000m (Men): Jeremy Dempsey (Girton), 3rd
  • 800m (Men): Angus Harrington (St. John’s), 4th
  • Triple Jump (Women): Reese Robinson (Jesus), 4th
  • 800m (Men): Adam Dray (Girton), 5th
  • High Jump (Men): Philip Odugbile (Jesus), 6th
  • Triple Jump (Men): Georgios Zaphiris (Christ’s), 7th
  • Shot Put (Men): Marley Young (Trinity), 7th

 Jeremy, Angus, Reese and Adam are all members of the University of Cambridge Athlete Performance Programme (UCAPP).

Meanwhile, elsewhere in Sheffield...

  •  CU Mountaineering Club took on the BUCS Climbing Championships. A fantastic performance from the teams, which included UCAPP athlete and CUMC Competition Secretary, Matthew Fall (Selwyn), led to a 4th placed finish for the Men, and a 5th placed finish for the women, Captained by Hannah Zia (Clare).
  • CU Badminton Club took on the BUCS Badminton Individual Championships, with Mixed Co-Captain Helen Yan (Jesus) picking up the best result of the weekend, reaching the last 16 and securing her Blue in the process.


At the 2023 Asia Triathlon Cup in Hong Kong, UCAPP athlete Luke McCarron (Jesus) finished in a fantastic 7th place, and was close to reaching the podium. The previous weekend, Luke had shown his excellent form to win the Battersea 5K and set an incredible new PB of 14:36 (pictured below).


CU Netball Club took on Oxford in their annual Varsity event over the weekend, with the event held at the University Sports Centre. With five matches in total, the event culminated with a 50-45 win for Cambridge in the Blues match in front of a rapturous home crowd, who roared the Light Blues to victory.

Image: Netball Blues - Kane Smith


Our thanks go to Jesus College Cambridge and their Head Groundsman, Lee de Grammont, for hosting the Lacrosse Varsity match. With a spectacular backdrop, six matches for Mixed, Women’s and Men’s teams were held in front of what was a fantastic turnout for spectators. Lacrosse Varsity results are as follows:


  • Men's Blues: Draw 6-6 (Oxford retain trophy)
  • Women's Blues: Cambridge Won 15-14
  • Mixed Blues: Cambridge Won 8-6
  • Men's 2: Oxford Won 7-5
  • Women's 2: Cambridge Won 11-5
  • Mixed 2: Cambridge Won 6-4


Image: Lacrosse Mixed Blues - Kane Smith


CU Touch Rugby Club also held their annual Varsity, winning the Mixed and Men’s competitions, with Oxford winning in the Women’s game. Other Varsity matches taking place over the weekend included Swimming (below), Handball and Korfball.

Image: Swim Blues - Kane Smith


During a very busy BUCS weekend, Cambridge also sent teams to the BUCS Indoor Archery Qualifiers in Bristol, and the BUCS Gymnastics Championships in Leicester.


Visit https://www.sport.cam.ac.uk/student-sport/varsity-matches-2022-23 for all the 2022/23 Varsity fixtures and results. Lots coming up over the next 6 weeks!

Visit https://www.bucs.org.uk/events-listing.html for all the upcoming BUCS events.