BUCS Outdoor Championships
Report – Brian Gravelsons
Charlotte Gravelsons made the long trip from Durham and thoroughly enjoyed her first BUCS ( British Universities and College Sports) competition. She competed in the 400mH and managed a season’s best of 70.47s finishing 5th in her heat just 0.21s behind 4th place. This was to prove decisive as Charlotte ended up, across all heats, in 17th place missing out on the semi-finals by the exact same margin of 0.21s, she though did have another event, helping Durham to finish 10th in the 4x400m relay.
Several other of our members also competed. Emily Madden Forman made qualification look easy in the high jump with a serene 1.69m and then followed this clearing by 1.74m on her final attempt, just 2cm off her pb and 3cm off from a bronze medal, finishing in an agonising 4th place in the final
Nick Butler put in a consistent triple jump series with a best of 12.88m just short of his pb of 13.25m and just short of qualifying for the final, finishing in 17th place.
Nick also competed in the long jump. He jumped 5.80m to finish 22nd overall in qualification. Alex Powell jumped 5.55m finishing in 25th place in the qualification round. The top 12 went through to the final
In the high jump Rory Dwyer qualified easily with a jump of 1.90m and then jumped 2.06m in the final to claim the bronze medal on count back.
Emily Field finished 7th in the 3rd heat of the women’s 1500m In a time of 4:55.40s, qualifying for the semi- finals as a fastest loser, she then went on to run 4.55.06 in the semi- final to finish 21st overall.
Imogen Sheppard ran the first leg of the 4 x 400m relay for Birmingham in the qualifiers, setting up the Birmingham team to qualify easily with a time of 3:55.29. She then gave way to others in the Birmingham team who went to win the final in a time of 3:40.93, earning her a gold medal for being part of the team. Her father and coach Mike Sheppard commented “Birmingham qualified fastest from the heats, 2 seconds quicker than Loughborough, after Imy put them on the front with a decent first leg. They knew Loughborough would roll out the big guns for the final so Birmingham did the same so Imy was a bit unlucky to miss out but she was delighted that the girls brought home the win after a shoulder to shoulder battle, with third place not even in the finishing straight at the end.