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Athletics Club - Semester 1 Report 2016-17

Saturday 28 January 2017

The first semester of 2016/17 has been an encouraging one for the University of St Andrews Athletics Club, with increased membership and larger numbers attending training, and a high level of performance at the Scottish Universities and Colleges Athletics (SUCA) Freshers’ Match in October.

Performance

The first semester of the academic year is always a quiet one in terms of competitions as it coincides with the beginning of the indoor athletics season, so our only major competition is the Scottish Universities and Colleges Freshers’ Match, held at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow. As this is the first competition in the academic calendar, it is an excellent opportunity for new members to experience a competition environment for the first time, and for experienced members to warm up for the indoor season ahead of them. St Andrews Athletics took four competitors, which was less than hoped as the competition coincided with reading week; so many athletes had academic commitments. Despite this, the team made four finals with some excellent performances.

Athletics

Our first competitors were Acacia Beaton and Iain McComish, running in the 800m. Iain ran a personal best of 2.32.24, and Acacia finished 4th in the Women’s Final with a time of 2.43.84. Iain competed again in the 400m and finished in a time of 61.22 and claiming another PB. Acacia also ran in the 1500m and finished 4th in the final with a time of 5.24.70. Our last competitor on the track was Euan Brownlie running the 3000m, who finished 4th in the final with a time of 9.32.21. Our only competitor in the field events was Kirsty Laurenson who finished 3rd in the shot put final with a throw of 9.08m.

Next semester we are looking forward to sending more athletes to the SUCA indoor and outdoor championships in February and April, respectively, and to BUCS nationals in February.

Training

We are very pleased to have Fife Athletics Club coach Kenneth Duncan return to coach us this year, with a range of sessions to prepare our competitive athletes for the Scottish Universities indoor championships, and BUCS nationals indoor championships next semester. We will also run sessions for athletes who wish to come along and keep fit.

Membership

So far this year we have 24 paying members, an improvement on last year, but we are still a relatively small club within the Athletic Union. The club aims to increase membership next semester and into 2017/18 and remains largely focussed on track events, so the aim is to increase the number of field athletes. In Semester 2 we aim to have more social events to encourage members to feel more involved with the club, and to increase the bond we have with the Cross Country and Triathlon Clubs. 

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