Athletics & Cross Country
Southampton University Athletics and Cross Country Club provides training and competition opportunities for all levels. Competitions include Varsity vs Portsmouth, SESSA, BUCS XC, BUCS indoors and BUCS outdoors (British University and College Sport).
We also have a team in the Hampshire cross country league, and regularly have team trips to open events through out the year (we have England Athletics affiliation, and so all performances can be recorded on the Power of 10, if you are not already a member of a club at home).
About Athletics & Cross Country
We pride ourselves on being an all inclusive, socially active club. Often the perception is that Athletics is an elitist sport, but this is far from the case. Our committee are dedicated to help each and every member achieve their own specific goals. We run pressure free training sessions on Wednesdays and Thursdays, as well as chatty group runs on Mondays which are a fantastic way to get to know other members! Furthermore, if you're recovering from an injury we can help guide you through rehabilitation, such is the frequency of injury our sport inevitably someone will have experience to help!
Core training sessions (there are plenty of other training options and training groups to join, see the Facebook group for more details):
Monday: Relaxed group run 6:10 meet outside the Union Building (3 groups of 3, 4 and 5 miles respectively)
Coached weightlifting session at Team Southampton Wide Lane gym 8-9pm
Wednesday: Whole club training day at the Southampton Outdoor Sports Centre track 5:15pm, followed by evening socials (Mix of drinking and non-drinking, watch out for events on the Facebook page)
Saturday: Park-run 9am at the Common (followed by a group breakfast).
Core/plyometrics 12:30-1:30 in the Team Southampton Sports hall
We are also very fortunate to offer high level coaching to our members from Southampton Athletics Club who have years of experience, and various training groups including sprints, field, middle distance and long distance. They run sessions throughout the week, so if you wish to supplement your training then we can put you in touch with the relevant coaches! Also, if you wish to use the track any other time then you are free to do so anytime with a Sports and Well-being membership (e.g. a gym pass gives you full access)!
There is also the opportunity to represent Southampton Athletics Club in the Southern Athletics League and the British Athletics League, by becoming a member of their club.
We also go on tour in the first week of the Easter holiday, in the past two years we have gone to Portugal and Cyprus - this is a definite highlight of the year! Furthermore, each semester we do a weekend away, where we travel to another city such as Bath, as a team, for a mix of training and socialising.
Send a committee member a message, or join the Facebook page to find out more!
Membership Fee Information
These are the current membership fees offered by Athletics & Cross Country, although many clubs and societies offer a free period for new members to try out their activities.
|Group Run Mondays Membership||FREE||22/09/2019 - 30/06/2020||This membership gets you access to join in with our weekly group-runs on Mondays (6.15pm meeting at the Redbrick). There is a build up to 5k group, 3 mile group, 4 mile group and a 5 mile group. All groups are very relaxed social runs. Anyone is welcome to come, at any level of fitness and the build up to 5k group is perfect for those looking to build up fitness in a very relaxed way beginning with walking/jogging.
This also grants you access to social events, however for the subsidised events you would need to pay as you go.
The group is typically quite big and the group leaders will be wearing high-visibility vests so it is a safe way to go out for regular runs. There is also insurance cover when you take up this membership. Everyone is welcome to join, regardless of ability, gender etc!
Please note: This membership option is strictly for those who just attend group runs and does not grant access to any other part of the club, we will take registers at other sessions so this is by no means a back-door entrance to the club.|
|Year Membership||£40||30/09/2019 - 30/06/2020||This membership provides exclusive access to training sessions such as the weekly sports hall core session and sessions at the track, use of the clubs equipment, subsidised social events, the chance to compete at Varsity and part-subsidised competitions such as BUCS. This membership also part-subsidises England Athletics registration (we are a registered club, meaning we can enter teams into the Hampshire league etc), if you are not already a member of an athletics club, so that your performances can be recorded on The Power of 10 and so you get discounts on many external race entries.||Buy Now|
All clubs and societies within the Students' Union are run entirely by students. The student committee for Athletics & Cross Country this year are:
- Liam Barry-Carroll
- Anna Berry
- Michael Stocker
- Kwok Liu
- Sophie Trew
- Celia Matthews
- Katherine Rennie
- Annabel Cossins-Smith
- Mihir Dodhia
- Laura Kulagowska
- Brandon Mulliner