Interview With BUCS 10,000m Silver Medallist Luke Caldwell

An interview with our very own mysterious to many BUCS 10,000m SILVER MEDALLIST Luke Caldwell after his 9th placing in the British championships this weekend in a crazy time of 29:01…

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What got you into running?
For reasons unknown to anyone, I volunteered to make up numbers in school XC race when I was about 14. Did alright and its slowly taken over my life from there

Why do you enjoy running?
I like the ‘more linear than normal life’ relationship between effort put in and results out. Also the running community is amazing. Almost everyone is incredibly nice

What is your favourite athletics event and why?
5000m? Its long enough to build into it and a story to develop but not so long that you have to avoid looking at lap counter

Talk us through a typical week of training.
I normally run somewhere around 90 miles a week. Thats made up mainly of easy runs with a track session on Tuesday, some fastish strides on a Thursday and another session on Saturday that could be track, tempo or occasionally hills. Mandatory long run on a Sunday

Do you have a special diet?
No. Just try to eat a well balanced diet

What was your build up to the BUCS 10,000m championships like?
I had to have some time off this winter so I started from quite a low point fitness wise at the beginning of the year. But since then, things have gone fairly smoothly.

Did you have any expectations coming into the race?
This is my first race in many months so didn’t have many expectations. Was just hoping I’d get to halfway feeling ok and then see what happens. I’d like to go for a Commonwealth Games qualifying time later on in the season and this was kind of about proving to myself that that goal isn’t completely unrealistic

Talk us through the race itself.
I have a history of going out too hard in 10ks and blowing up so given the disrupted winter I was hoping to run a sensible race to hit about 29 mins. I was fortunate to settle into a good group going about that pace and so got through the first 6-7k feeling alright despite windy conditions. The amazing thing about Highgate is how many people you know who are there, everyones shouts made it a lot easier.

What have you got planned next?
Its all a bit up in the air at the moment but will probably do a 5k next

Thank you so much for taking the time to talk to us Luke and hopefully we can all learn a lot from how simple you make it sound to run stupidly fast!

Clare Maurer Wins Pole Vault GOLD at BUCS

The weekend of 29th April – 1st May marked ICXCAC’s representation at the 2017 BUCS Outdoor Athletics Championships.

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The third day of the Championships saw Imperial’s very own Clare Maurer clear 3.70m in the women’s pole vault final and bring home the title! Below is an interview with Clare following this incredible achievement:

How did you get into pole vault?
I used to do gymnastics when I was younger and after deciding to stop that my school sports teacher encouraged me to try pole vault as both sports have similar traits. So I decided to give it a go and have loved it ever since!

What was the build up to BUCS like training wise and otherwise?
Training before BUCS went really well and I was fresh back from warm weather training in Spain which was an ideal environment to prepare for the outdoor season (unfortunately the weather in Bedford was quite the opposite to sunny Spain!!)

What expectations did you have coming into the championship?
I don’t like to put too much pressure on myself but I knew training had been going great and I was in good form. I achieved a bronze medal at the indoor championship so I was looking to improve on this but I knew that the competition was going to be tough.

Take us through the whole experience of competing and how it felt to win.
Warm up went well, despite a downpour of rain and cold conditions, so I felt good going into the competition. I knew in a championship like this clearing heights first time was important and after successfully doing this for my opening height, 3.70m and 3.80m, I gave myself a really good chance of winning! I was really determined to clear 3.90 and just clipped the bar, so it wasn’t to be, but I had just been crowned BUCS champion and had achieved an outdoor PB so I was over the moon. It was also great to have support from my coach, team mate and imperial coaching team.

What are your goals going forward?
I’ve just been selected to represent British universities at the Loughborough international on 21st May so I’m really looking forward to that. I’m also hoping to compete at the British championships and jump over 4 metres.

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Find full results from the weekend here.