Congratulations on making it this far, you're one step closer to joining the best club in Uni! Within our club we aim to meet the athletics desires for all, from complete beginners to elite scholars and everybody inbetween, so we really hope there is something for you. We appreciate starting university can be intimidating and there's a lot of information to take on board, so fear not, we'll try and make your first few weeks as smooth as possible!
Here's a little guide to what we're about and what opportunities there are for you to get involved:
Our distance group is open to all, with several runs, tempos and interval sessions throughout the week, providing plenty of opportunity for people to come along. We train around Uni Park, Wollaton Park and Highfields pitches, meaning all our sessions are easy to access from Halls and Lenton without transport. Our coach David Lisgo travels from Mansfield Harriers to support our athletes at all Wednesday sessions and offers guidance for the following week.
As a UKA affiliated club we can race in non-university races, providing plenty opportunity for everyone to get involved. We compete in 2 cross country leagues which span across 8 races around nottingham: The East Midlands and the North Midlands. Now fear not, nobody is expected to commit to all of these!!! In our club it's entirely up to you what you do, you can just rock up to any race you fancy doing! The East Midlands are all really local and aimed at our newer members just trying cross country for the first time, and the North mids is slightly more competitive for any previous club runners to fit in.
As well as Notts leagues we branch out even further to National cross challenges and National races for those really wanting to push themselves.
We also give everyone the opportunity to race against other unis in short 3km relays in Manchester and Leeds, taking several teams so everyone can race.
Like every other University, our biggest fixture of the year is of course BUCS! With plenty mud, face paint and cheering it is a fixture not to be missed. Last year we had 60 people race, finishing a solid 5th in the Men's A race... can we do 1 better this year?!
Our track and field group get the privilege of training at Harvey Hadden stadium under the guidance of Notts AC coaches. The group is constantly growing both in numbers and strength, with complete beginners and experienced athletes encouraging each other throughout.
We have plenty of indoor fixtures to keep the legs moving throughout winter, including Sheffield Open meets open to all. We also enter a team into the Steel Cup, a fixture against other universities just prior to the pinnacle of the indoor season...BUCS indoors! BUCS provides an amazing show of Athletics across 3 days, and is definitely one to save the date for. Spectators and athletes line the stadium to cheer on their team mates.
Moving into summer, we enter Leicester and Loughborough open meets giving everyone and opportunity to compete on track. We then head into the biggest fixture of the year BUCS outdoors, a spectacle of sport with some of the best athletes in the UK. It's a great opportunity to represent university and put all the hard training to good use.
We proudly host a weekly couch to 5km scheme around University's lakeside. These sessions are designed for complete beginners who may never have run before or find it difficult to get out and go! We base our sessions off the NHS scheme, starting with the very basics and working up to a 5km without stopping by Christmas. This is the 2nd year of running this programme, so we hope for it to increase in numbers with students from all walks of life getting involved.
We hold fortnightly socials to get our crisis fix! Both alcoholic and non-alcoholic with lots of different themes and fancy dress, so we hope to see your best outfits out! Our first social will be announced soon!
On Saturday 7th October we'll be hosting our annual welcome relays! These are a free and fun event for all returners, freshers, sprinters, distance runners and complete beginners together. We'll meet everyone outside David Ross Sports Village at 12.00 and assign you to a team, mixing up all abilities. We'll then head over to Wollaton Park to start the relay. The race consist of short 1 mile loops around the park lake with prizes up for grabs.
This is a good opportunity to get a feel for what we're about, meet new people and chat to David, our main distance coach.
We'll then head over to Mooch in the SU to finish off with some celebratory drinks and well deserved food. We hope to see lots of you there!
Sorry for all the waffle! To keep it more simple from now on... for each session we'll be posting on our Facebook groups the times and locations each day, and even meet people on campus to head to sessions together.
If anyone has any questions, qualms or queries please send us a message and we'll hopefully be able to help you out.
And finally, don't worry!
Pres Love! Katie 🙂