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Liverpool take on BUCS Indoors

On November 4th LUBC travelled to Salford University to take part in BUCS Indoors. Liverpool was one of the best represented clubs at the event, boosted by the large number of novices we took to the event. LUBC had a successful day with medals being won across the categories.

The first event of the day was the novice 1,000-meter heats. We had high expectation for the novices, who had put in a lot of training in the lead up to the event, they did not disappoint. The men went first and put in a big performance. LUBC’s Alex Sims, Charlie Williams and Artie Williams took the top three places of the event respectively. Finn McCartney also finished in the top ten fastest times of the day.

The novice women were next and put in a strong performance. Six of the ten fastest times in this category were from Liverpool, with Philippa Campbell, Anna Clarke and Helena Mac Aleese leading the pack. The novices certainly made an impression at this event and it puts them in good stead for the year to come.

The lightweights were up next for the 2,000-meter event. The lightweight men put in a good effort, lacking the results we were looking for, but it is early in the season and they will only look to build from this. LUBC was represented in the women’s event by Hannah Garmston and Olivia Capocci. Both ladies put in an impressive performance. Hannah took second place with a time of 7:54.9.

The final heats of the day were the open weight 2,000-meter events. The first heats were the men. The weight was on the shoulders of Liverpool’s Ben Heap who won this event last year. He did not disappoint, dominating the category with a time of 6:11.2, taking first place by over 21 seconds. Jacob Norman, who is new to Liverpool this year, made an impact finishing with the third fastest time of the day, 6:33.4.

LUBC’s women were the real stars of the day, taking the top four places in their event. We pinned our hopes on Jess Trott winning this event and she did just that with a time of 7:25.3. Jess was closely followed by Charlotte Siddoway who pulled a 7:27.6. Sarah McKay and Amy Hobbs filled the third and fourth places.

The final event of the day was the men’s and women’s relays. The relays consisted of teams of four racing over 4,000 meters. LUBC put in two teams in each event. The men’s relays were first. Liverpool’s ‘A’ team (Ben Heap, James Thorne, Jacob Norman, Patrick Home) took a comfortable lead from the start of the race and only extended this throughout the race taking first place. The ‘B’ team battled hard with Manchester’s ‘B’ team throughout the race, narrowly beating them to the line at the end.

The women’s relay was next, with Liverpool’s ‘A’ team in this event (Jess Trott, Amy Hobbs, Charlotte Siddoway, Sarah McKay) taking an even bigger lead over their competition than the men had, winning the event by a significant margin. The ‘B’ team was, like the men, in a tight race through to the end, taking 4th place.

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