2016/17 Club Members
Athletics & XC
University of Birmingham Athletics & Cross Country Club provides a number of sessions that are included as part of its membership. Training programs are tailored to individuals depending on their event and experience. The club competes in BUCS Cross Country, Indoors and Outdoors Championships. Athletes from the club also compete in regional Cross Country Leagues and a host of National Relays events.
There are three or four sessions a week, alongside group runs, strength and conditioning and circuits. Members are also encouraged to take advantage of all the free sports club sessions at the Sport & Fitness club including foot drills, yoga and spinning.
There are two key highlights of the year in the Athletics and Cross Country Club. For the Cross Country runners, it is BUCS Cross Country; it is like going to war with your mates and competing on a stage like no other, you really have to be there to understand the buzz that surrounds it. For the track athletes, BUCS Outdoors is the highlight of the calendar. How you fare against the best track teams in the country is a real test of strength and ability.
The Head of Athletics for University of Birmingham is steeplechaser, Luke Gunn, who has won Coach of the Year for both the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons at the annual Sports Awards.
How to get involved
We are proud to have no entry requirements or trials and welcome all members. The membership price is £117 for students and £50 for an associate member.
Please note that on top of the club fee there is a £16 fee that covers personal accident insurance when training or competing for the University, access to free cross-training sessions such as circuits and yoga, as well as a contribution to the costs of affiliation to various national governing bodies. This fee is only payable once so if you did decide to join a second club then you would not need to pay a second fee.
3 skills this sport will give you:
Training times & venues
The Athletics Track is located on Edgbaston Park Road next to the Tennis Courts accommodation.
Monday: 6-7pm Tempo run at Cannon Hill Park and 6pm power session at the track
Tuesday: 3-6pm Easy run for everyone and drills at the track
Wednesday: 3pm Endurance grass session and 2-4pm or 6:30-8pm power track session
Thursday: 3-6pm Easy run for everyone and drills at the track
Saturday: 10:30am Session or race for everyone and 10am power session at the track
Sunday: 9:30am Long run for everyone from the Sports & Fitness centre
Successes and Achievements
The University of Birmingham was the first university to achieve an England Athletics Gold Standard charter mark.
GB selections in 2019-20: Amelia Quirk, Saskia Millard, James Gormley, Joe Hudson
Issy Boffey 400m
Laura Zialor HJ
Jake Porter 60mH
Cesca Brint 800m
4x200m Women’s Relay Team
Men’s Cross Country Long Race Team
Women’s Cross Country Short Race Team
Tom Keen 1500m
Kate O’Neill Cross Country Short Race
Partnered with Cool Runnings, collectively the Athletics and Cross Country club is the largest and most successful club at the University of Birmingham. In the last six years, the club have won the men’s and women’s BUCS Cross Country Championships twice, as well as medalling consistently in that time.
The club are consistently top five at BUCS Indoors and Outdoors, illustrating their prowess on the track. At BUCS Indoors 2020, the club secured a second place finish overall.
In 2018-19, the club won four awards, from being shortlisted for six, at the University’s annual Sports Awards, for Club of the Year (Athletics & Cool Runnings), Outstanding Contribution (Josh Mars), Coach of the Year (Luke Gunn) and Sports Personality of the Year (Mari Smith); and in 2019-20 was nominated for three awards, for Team of the Year (BUCS Indoors Team), Volunteer of the Year (Guy Perkins) and Sports Personality of the Year (Issy Boffey).
Hannah England – Biochemistry (2009) – World Silver Medallist 2011 British Athletics Athletes Commission Chairwoman
Jonathan Davies – Biology (2018) U23M 2015 European Cross Country Champion, Silver Medallist in 5000m and Bronze Medallist in 1500m at the University Games 2017
Dean Miller – Sport, Physical Education and Coaching Science (2011) – 2012 London Paralympian