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Athletics

About the club

Our club competes in regular track and field events such as running, jumping and throwing. Running events range from short sprints to long distance cross country events as well as 110m and 400m hurdles events available for multi-talented athletes.

We mainly focus on the three major annual BUCS events, including: Cross Country, Indoor Track & Field Championships & Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

Athletics is a unique activity where you can feel victorious from achieving a personal best without always having to focus on winning silverware or competitions. 

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If you are a committed, passionate and motivated sports person then Athletics is the perfect sport for you to showcase those great characteristics.

Due to the nature of athletics - and Leeds Beckett University - there are numerous events that need filling so there will be plenty of opportunities for everyone to take part.

We pride ourselves on being a very close knit group so we will ensure you feel welcome and an integral part of the club.

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To be a part of our athletics club you don't need to come to a trial or taster session - all you need to do is come visit us at this year's Fresher's Fair or visit our Facebook page and we will help you find your ideal training group and coach.

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You can get in touch with us - and find out the most up to date news - by following our social media accounts below:

Facebook

Twitter

Instagram

Plus Icon What equipment will I need?

Track and Field equipment will all be provided to train with - individuals however are welcome to use their own equipment.

Examples of equipment include:

  • Discus'
  • Hurdles
  • Javelins
  • Shot-puts
  • Sprint Blocks
Plus Icon Did you know?
  • In 2009-2010 Leeds Beckett Athletics finished 2nd in the BUCS rankings, their highest ever
  • Since 2009-2010 then we have gone on to place a competitive 3rd, 5th, 8th and 12th 
  •  Double Olympic champion Alistair Brownlee and triple world champion Jessica Ennis-Hill have regularly trained at our facilities
  • As well as past achievements by our alumni, the University has many current students competing internationally in respective competitions. 

We also have a rich history of incredible alumni, including:

  • Alex Bell - Team England 800m runner, 5th Commonwealth Games 2018
  • Alistair Brownlee - Team GB triathlete - double gold medalist
  • Kadeena Cox - Team GB paralympian - gold medalist
  • Laura Weightman - Team GB 1500m runner - bronze in women's 5,000m Commonwealth Games 2018
  • Sarah Storey - Team GB paralympian - multiple gold medalist
  • Tom Bosworth - Team GB Racewalker - silver medalist 20km racewalk Commonwealth Games 2018
Plus Icon Athletics training schedule

Athletics training schedule for 2018-19

Day Time Location  Activity
Monday    18:00 -
 20:00
 Sports Hall Group 
Circuits
Tuesday

   17:30 - 
20:00

 Athletics Track Dependent on
coach/athletes choice
Wednesday  TBC Athletics Track Hurdle technique training
Thursday   17:30 -
20:00
Athletics Track Dependent on 
coach/athletes choice
Friday OFF OFF OFF
Saturday  10:00 -
12:00 
Athletics Track Dependent on
coach/athletes choice
Sunday OFF  OFF OFF

Plus Icon Meet the coach 

Andrew Henderson - Head of Athletics

Andrew was a team coach to the European Cross 2014 and has been endurance coach to numerous England Athletics Teams since 2014. 

He has coached athletes from junior to senior level including:

  • Laura Weightman 1500m European 2014 and Commonwealth medallist 2014 & 2018, 6th World Championship 2017 and Olympic Finalist 2012 & 2016
  • Alexandra Bell Commonwealth Games 5th 2018
  • Emma Clayton World Mountain medallist 2013 & 2015 and European Mountain medallist 2015
  • Georgia Malir junior European Mountain Champion 2014
  • Bronwen Owen 6th European juniors 5000m 2015
  • Alex Botterill Commonwealth Youth 800m Champion 2017
  • Andrew has also coached Ethan Hussey junior boys 1500m English Schools Champion 2017 and third quickest U/15 all-time 1500m in the UK

For more information about being a part of Leeds Beckett’s Athletics Club contact Andy by email A.E.Henderson@leedsbeckett.ac.uk


Plus points

  • 8 lane outdoor track
  • Outdoor jogging trail
  • Indoor throwing nets
  • Dedicated hall for athletics
  • Strength & Conditioning gymnasium
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