First LUCA Outdoor Series Report

The first match of the LUCA outdoor series got off to a cracking start with Daniel Garcia winning the 10,000.  Garcia cruised through the finish line after lapping every other runner. While Dan rushed back to sing with the chamber choir (a multi-talented guy- get in line ladies), Max Thorp happily claimed his medal and victory.

Next our two lovely Imperial ladies Kate Olding and Jess Prior took to the start line of the 1500.  ICXCAC superstar Kate put in a strong run and was rewarded with a 4th place finish.  In the second race, Prior had a close race and tucked in behind a King’s runner.  Unfortunately, Prior was beaten in a sprint to the finish line.  The next day however, Jess went on to run a massive PB of 1.33.33 in the Reading half marathon, so she was obviously being conservative and any other day that King’s runner had better watch out!

In the fastest 100m race, Mahmoud Barrie claimed 2nd place, placing him as the overall runner up.  In the 3rd race, Victor Yu flew into 3rd place.  In the 4th race Max Thorp stormed through with a new PB of 12.53. In the final 100m race David Weng Wei Fong, with a cheeky glance to his right mid-race, took 3rd place.

Imperial had two runners in the 5,000m: Harry Scriven and Luis Munos Heinen. Scriven tucked in behind another runner; after about 5 laps he decided his wind shield was too slow so cruised past to lead from the front.  Although gutted his time was not under 16 minutes, 16:10 was pretty impressive considering he was battling the race and winds solo.  Meanwhile another battle was unfolding on the track between Luis and a UCL runner.  Going into the home straight, the UCL runner had a 10m lead but Luis put in a super sprint to pip him to the post.  It was so heroic that he even tumbled through the finish line.  Bring on the battle scars! Some fine Imperial support and shouting meant that Max was just as breathless, if not more so, than Luis therefore Max didn’t hesitate to claim this victory as well.

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A pre-race Luis looking suave. The UCL guy never had a chance…

Our very own captain, Raul Rinken took on every throw with a win in both the discus and shot put and 3rd place in the javelin.  He will now be mentally preparing himself for our new athletics tradition- being thrown into the steeplechases water jump.  Don’t forget a towel (goggles?) for next time Raul!

Callum, with some true Imperial spirit, took it upon himself to be the points earner for the day competing in the discus, javelin, shot put, 400m hurdles and steeplechases. However after, quite literally, destroying the 400m hurdles, he refrained from joining Raul in our new water jump tradition.

ICXCAC’s long term couple of the year- Alex and track- were having a lovers’ tiff as in a pre-race interview, Alex revealed that “the thought of running makes me feel sick”.  Stoicism (or stubbornness?) prevailed and she battled through her 2 laps of the track.

Finally, to round off an exciting day of athletics, our men’s 4x100m team (Max, Callum, Raul and Victor) lined up. Some last minute tips from Coach Mundell meant that the changeovers were flawless, but we were unable to challenge the other London speed demons.

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Game faces from the relay team after their session with Coach Mundell.

A special mention goes to Matt, Shiv and the rest of the organisers for a fantastic event and day!