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    Taxis Cup Review

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    A controversial finish to the women’s 4×100 relay meant that Glasgow Caledonian recorded their first sports win in the annual Glasgow Taxis Cup for more than two years, pipping the defending champions Glasgow University 18 points to 17.
    With Strathclyde a distant third place, the event was ultimately decided by a decision to disqualify Glasgow for stepping outside of the changeover box, yet not penalise Caley for a clear lane violation with the track referee arguing that the mistake was “not deliberate” and so not worthy of a disqualification.
    The event started well for Glasgow as Krishawn Aiken and Euan Stewart recorded a one-two finish in the men’s 100m whilst Lara Bardelli came second against tough opposition in the women’s event
    Featuring a slimmed down programme condensed into just an hour, the only other individual event saw Juan Pablo Garcia of Glasgow take second place again behind Caley in the men’s 800m, recording a personal best time for outdoors racing. The women’s race saw Strathclyde’s only win of the day as the Glasgow pair of Alison Broadhurst and Alicia Paton were made to pay for a slow first lap, finishing third and fourth respectively.
    Glasgow’s relay squads got off to an excellent start in the men’s 4x100m as a team featuring Stewart and Aiken scored a strong victory against a Caley team that reached the final of the recent BUCS Championships in Sheffield. With three races left, it became a two-horse battle with Strathclyde clearly out of the running.
    The women’s 4x100m squad featured a more mixed level of experience thanks to some unfortunate recent injuries ruling athletes out. Nonetheless Glasgow looked strong for the most part and were in contention for the lead until a mistimed baton changeover forced one athlete to step outside of the allowed area, leading to disqualification. Whilst this was viewed as a deliberate action, the stepping out of lane by a Caley athlete on the home straight was described as accidental and so was not punished, putting Glasgow behind on points.
    To have any hope of victory Glasgow needed to win both 4×400 relays and hope that Strathclyde could assist with a couple of second place finishes. A strong run in the men’s relay gave Glasgow a solid victory with Aiken needing to only run a 52 second final leg to win, although Caley’s second place now confirmed the result.
    Nonetheless the women’s team did the club proud, winning by 12 seconds to ensure the club were successful in three out of the four relays, demonstrating the strong depth in the squad. Losing by such a fine margin is surely disheartening for the club however given the sheer number of athletes missing for various reasons, victory was always going to be challenging.
    The club can now look forward to a week of warm weather training at the end of the semester before preparing for the Scottish Outdoor Championships in the middle of April where Glasgow are looking to record their seventh straight win in the competition.

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    GUAC at BUCS

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    Despite exams getting in the way for many, a small group of available athletes made the trek down to Bedford for the British Uni and College Championships with a few notable performances to commend.


    A particular event of focus for those down there was the 400m with Krishawn Aitken and Jill Cherry both going down hoping to challenge some of the best runners in the country. Indeed, that was exactly what we saw.


    In the men’s event, Krishawn opened up his competition with an impressive victory in his heat, running 49.50 on a blustery day in England. Qualifying automatically for the semi-finals, he then went on to run a pb of 48.13 to secure second place, defeating some exceptional athletes on the way.


    However, with only the winner guaranteed a spot in the final, there was a tense wait to find out if Krishawn had taken a fastest loser place. Sadly as it turned out, just a couple of hundreds of a second stopped him qualifying for the final. Nonetheless, the competition offered an excellent opportunity for a personal best performance.

    In the women’s competition, Jill also started with a win in her heat, running a comfortable 56.86. In the semi-final, her pb run of 54.89 secured a second victory and an automatic place in the final. Given the small size of Glasgow’s squad in Bedford, this proved to be the team’s best chance of a medal.


    Lining up against two other Scots in Zoey Clark and Kelsey Stewart, there was real hope for a strong Scottish performance. Sadly, Jill fell just short of a medal, coming fourth in another pb time of 54.59, extremely impressive given how windy it was on the day.


    Among the others that went down, Julie Dobin won her 800m heat and managed fourth in her semi-final which included eventual winner Jess Judd. In the 100m meanwhile, Aimee McGinley came fourth in her heat whilst a strong headwind in the 200m ended any hopes Ellie Wilson had of running a pb.


    Overall, those that went down enjoyed the experience of running at such a well organised event. However, until the date of the competition changes to a time when it falls out with the exam schedule, Scottish universities in general will struggle to send down large teams.

    Full results available at Power of 10.

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    SUCA Outdoors Success

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    Glasgow University Athletics Club made it five years unbeaten at the SUCA Outdoors in Grangemouth, comfortably seeing off competition from Stirling and Strathclyde.


    With the changeable weather conditions making it difficult for athletes and spectators alike, those in attendance were able to witness some excellent GUAC performances. By the end of the day the club walked away with six golds, four silvers and two bronzes, along with the overall trophy for best club and a huge number of pbs.


    After a delayed start, Glasgow hit the board running with successes in the hammer throw. Katie Ord took a comfortable silver with a throw of 45.45m whilst club treasurer Ivan Armstrong’s appearance was enough to merit 2nd place.


    Moving onto the track, no less than six Glasgow athletes lined up in the 100m heats. Standout performances came from Euan Stewart who made it to the final running a pb of 11.19 and Ellie Wilson who only missed out on a pb thanks to a tailwind outside of the legal limit.

    In the men’s 200m, Euan again made the final whilst in the women’s race, Paula Houston, Julie Dobin and Edi Akpan came fourth, fifth and sixth respectively with Paula and Edi also recording pbs. Julie meanwhile took silver in the 800m.


    An event of strength in recent years has been the 400m and this year was no different. Krishawn Aitken took another silver for the club whereas Niamh Grahame and Lindsey Young made it a Glasgow one-two in the women’s race. In the 4×400 relays, a fine performance saw GUAC men’s quartet defend their crown.


    Katie Ord upgraded her earlier silver to gold in the shot put and the women’s javelin saw a fine debut from Gabija Varnelyte with more certainly to come from her. Concluding the thrown events, newly elected women’s captain Ana Bacallado claimed bronze in the shot. Meanwhile, GUAC best dressed 2016-17 winner Hamish Leeson stormed to 110m hurdles gold, one of the more memorable results of the afternoon.


    There was also success for those willing to run multiple laps of the track (forced or otherwise) to help push the club towards team gold. Hares and Hounds defector Heather Addison won a fine 3000m gold with Athlete Izzy Rayner securing bronze in the same race.


    The athlete support award of the day went to those by the water jump for Eric Gillespie’s maiden voyage into the 3000m steeplechase; their rendition of Star-Spangled Banner providing great motivation for the American. Special mention too to Alicia Paton for a pb in the same event.

    Alongside their 4×400 counterparts, the 4×100 relay team were successful in holding off a spirited attempt from Stirling to claim another gold for the club. Although unable to medal, it was pleasing to see so many competing in the long jump with increased training in this area hopefully leading to success in the future.


    This was the last major university club competition of the season as exam clashes with the BUCS Championships making it difficult for many to compete. However, the season is certainly not over with athletes now moving back to their home clubs following the end of the university year to continue training.


    Full results available at Power of 10 whilst photos from the event are on our gallery page.

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