BUCS 2023

Maia Hardman | Monday, February 6th, 2023

As I write this on the bus, slightly hungover, I reflect on a fantastic weekend for CUHH. With bronze medals in the Men’s short race, Women’s long race and Men’s short race, history says that this has been our most successful BUCS cross country ever. We also had some excellent individual results, including an individual bronze in the short race for Terry Fawden, demonstrating our ability to mix it up with the top universities in the country. I hope this weekend has shown that we are in fact among the best.

Detailed results can be found below, with thanks going to James for writing them up after a somewhat large night out in Swansea.

This weekend we took the lengthy trip to Swansea for BUCS cross country.

First up was the women’s short race. Poppy Craig-McFeely ran a great race to be first Harey home in 11th, followed by a very strong performance from Anna Kelly in 17th. Milly Dickinson was next in 39th to complete the scoring 3. Helene Greenwood came in 4th in 47th, for an overall team position of 6th. There were a great 13 Cambridge finishers in the race. 

Next up was the men’s short race. Terry Fawden was rewarded for some early front-running with an outstanding individual bronze. Lawrence Hollom expertly pushed through the field for 12th place, with Neil Ibata not far behind in 17th. Cillian Doherty had a great run for 26th and final scorer, helping the team to a bronze medal just 1 point ahead of Birmingham B! The Hareys’ depth was shown with 8 runners in the top 50 and a total of 19 finishers, and our second set of four scorers beat Oxford’s first 4 home by 177-198.

The women’s long team was led home by an incredible run from Niamh Bridson-Hubbard, outkicking former Euro Cross champion Megan Keith for 4th place. More outstanding performances followed, with Nancy Scott taking 11th, Bea Wood 13th and Phoebe Barker 18th ensuring we collected our third bronze medal of the day, closing our team of 4 ahead of every other team except Birmingham. 

Jeremy Dempsey was an excellent 8th in the men’s long race after spending much of the race in the chasing pack. He was supported by really strong runs from Luke McCarron in 27th, Ewan Spencer in 31st, and a masterclass in moving through from Paul McKinley in 34th. Phil Crout also moved through well to finish 76th. The team managed to secure yet another bronze medal, comfortably holding off Cardiff, St Mary’s and Oxford.