Matthew Dubery’s rise to fame is nothing short of remarkable. Despite fleeing from the Hareys during his first encounter and cutting short his training camp, he managed to secure a cross-country blue and even snagged a position on the committee as the Alumni and Relations Officer (after being rejected as kit sec, no less) and is in charge of MegaCross, a race which he missed last year.
His relentless pursuit of a committee role paid off when he landed a sponsorship deal with YouTube sensation and coach Mark Hookway. Mark knows more about Dubes’ training than anyone in the world, thanks to Dubes’ secretive Strava profile, which only reveals a limited number of races he deems worthy of sharing – a beer mile and a Ceilidh Dance (because, you know, cross-training).
Despite his minimal Strava activity, Dubes has become an internet sensation, as evidenced by this image from one of his top-rated YouTube videos showcasing his best event, the steeplechase. He garners the loudest cheers in races (you’ll know when he’s nearby), and his antics have become the stuff of legend – including his Valentine’s Day disappearance, which nearly prompted a police search and created a new shape – the Duberygone.
After such a successful first year, it’s hard to say what the future holds for Dubes at Cambridge, but many more Blues may be on the horizon.