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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).
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!
Monday: Relaxed group run 6.10 meet outside the Union Building (3 groups of 3, 4 and 5 miles respectively)
Wednesday: Whole club training day at the track 3pm *, followed by evening socials (Mix of drinking and non-drinking, watch out for events on the Facebook page)
Thursday: Whole club training day at Wide Lane; light tempo runs and gym work for sprinters/field athletes or endurance session on the grass pitches alternating with hill sessions each week
Saturday: Park-run 9am at the Common (followed by a group breakfast). Core/plyometrics 12:30-1:30 in the Team Southampton Sports hall suitable for all members.
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!
*Suitable for everyone including hurdles, long jump, triple jump, high jump, shot put, discus, javelin, hammer and pole vault however due to health and safety restrictions we are unable to do full sessions. Vaulters are of course welcome to join with sprinters to work on speed. To vault, we can put you in touch with the coaches at Southampton AC!
These are the current membership plans offered by Athletics & Cross Country, although many groups offer a free period for new members to try out their group.
- Year Membership (£25)
Will allow you to take part in all our sessions/trips that we arrange (which membership fees allow us to partly subsidise) as well compete for us at BUCS competitions and Varsity.
- Year Membership + Affiliation (£35)
If you are not part of a club currently but wish to compete in the Hampshire League you can do so through us, as we recently became affiliated with England athletics.
This Years Committee
All student groups within the Students' Union are run entirely by students. The student committee for Athletics & Cross Country this year are:
- Robert Eveson
- Rochelle Arulanandam
- Jessica Carter
- Daniel Offiah
- Jonathan Pairman
- Georgina Duke
- Elena Cerdan
- Nina Greasby
- Cory Lower
- Temitayo Alawoya
Contact Athletics & Cross Country
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