7 Years of BUCS Duathlon with EUTriC

Following the clubs strong performance at this year’s BUCS Duathlon we are delving into the archives to take a look back at the clubs involvement in BUCS Duathlon over the last seven years. 

2011 – Kicking off EUTriC at BUCS

Seven years ago the club took 25 athletes to compete in the Triathlon Club’s first ever BUCS competition. The competition was as fierce as it’s always been, and the weather conditions were not ideal, as has since become the expectation! The exception being this year, when we saw the sun for the first time at Castle Combe. Dispite the weather the team put in a strong showing, headed up by then Captain, Chantal Cummings placing 13th overall in her category. Men’s Captain, Tom Hood also raced well finishing 60th (out of 337) in the overall competition. You can find the full write up HERE.

2012 – Strong Performances from the Men’s & Women’s Teams

The club’s second year at BUCS Duathlon saw 15 members taking part, with 4 of those being new members of the club. Great performances came from Laura Wakeham, our top woman from the club, finishing 38th with a time of 56:53 and the rest of the women’s team who finished 15th overall. The men also had good races with Tom Kitchen our fastest man, finishing 114th in a time of 51:06:429, and firsts year, Ollie Teenan and Jack Bristow making their first BUCS appearances. You can find the full write up HERE.

2013 – Strength & Depth

2013 saw one of the club’s strongest performances at BUCS to date, with six men under the 52 minute mark despite both Jack Bristow and Ollie Teenan suffering time penalties. James Phillips headed up the men’s squad with a time of 46:57 to finish 41 and the men’s team finishing 20th overall. On the women’s side, Clare Parkin put in a stellar performance to finish in 54:32, 24th in her category, helping the girl’s team to 12th overall. You can find the full write up HERE.

2014 – Small but Mighty

Due to fewer members owning bikes and a few injuries, EUTriC had a slightly smaller team than in past years. However the squad punched well above it’s weight with a stand out performance from Club captain, Clare Parkin, who finished 50th despite being hampered by rubbing breaks on the bike section. In the men’s race Joseph Perkins was set for a huge performance placing 3rd overall after the first run, however his race was ended prematurely by a puncture on the bike leg.  Joaquin Munoz took up the lead for Exeter’s men and brought home the team with a time of 51:08 in his first race for the club. You can find the full write up HERE.

2015 – 7th for Clare Parkin

Our fifth year at BUCS was marked by the club’s strongest individual performance to date. A fantastic race from Clare Parkin gave her 7th overall in the women’s category finishing in a time of 51.24. The rest of the squad, including a few familiar faces, also performed well. The first wave included Club Captain Ollie Teenan, AU President Jack Bristow, and then EUTriC newcomer, Harry Preston. Sadly Ollie got a puncture on the bike after a very strong run and had to withdraw but Jack and Harry both finished very strongly with times of 46.25 and 47.38 respectively. You can find the full write up HERE.

2016 – Exeter Field Large Squad

Last year EUTriC took 22 athletes down to another cold BUCS, this didn’t stop some fantastic performances from both the men’s and women’s teams. The men’s team saw a very strong showing from new comer Jack Bond who finished in 24th place from a very competitive field. This was backed up by strong races from Club Captain, Harry Preston and Vice Captain, Alex Foyn with times of 47:19 and 47:46 respectively. On the women’s team, Social Sec, Ellen P-K made her BUCS Duathlon debut and was our first girl home, finishing in 65th place in a time of 55:35. She was followed by Publicity Sec, Alice Carr and Events Sec, Lizzie Hobbs who finished 76th and 86th. You can find the full write up HERE.

2017 – Record BUCS Participation and Strength

We took a huge 34 athletes this year who all put in massive efforts. The strength in depth of the squad was exceptional, with six of our athletes finishing in under 50 minutes and some rapid times. Stand out performances came from first finisher, Jack Bond in 43:55 with a PB, and 23rd place overall despite not using a TT bike. Harry Preston, a regular force at the BUCS events over the last few years, was next in with a time of 44:32, also a PB! First year, Seamus, showcased his huge potential finishing not long after in 45:25. Captain, Ellen P-K lead from the front on the women’s team with a fantastic performance, finishing our highest placed girl in 53:06, followed closly by first time racer Elise Metcalfe with 55:37. You can find the full write up HERE.

Alumni News – November

We have been having a great season so far with members enjoying a mix of training from long course swimming at Mt Kelly to Beach Circuits, on top of our regular 8 sessions per week; and seeing some fantastic improvements. We have enjoyed visits from several of our alumni including 2015-16 Club President, Ollie Teenan and 2015-16 Mens Captain, Ollie Thorogood as well as the welcome return of our General Secretary from 2015-16, Kathrine Gardener from her year abroad in the USA. If you are in the south west and fancy giving the club a visit don’t hesitate to get in touch, you would be more than welcome to join us for training or come for a catch up.

BUCS Duathlon

First up, we had another strong showing at BUCS Duathlon this year, with a record turn out of 34 athletes competing for Exeter! We also had six of our athletes finishing in under 50mins despite many of them competing for the first time! Stand out performances came from Exeter first finisher, Jack Bond in 43:55 with a PB, and 23rd place overall despite not using a TT bike. Harry Preston, a regular force at the BUCS events over the last few years, was next in with a time of 44:32, also a PB! First year, Seamus Sheard, showcased his huge potential finishing not long after in 45:25. On the girls front, Captain, Ellen P-K lead from the front with a fantastic performance, finishing our highest placed girl in 53:06! Also finishing very strongly was Elise in 55:37 in her first ever Duathlon!

For our full results and detailed report, head over to our BUCS Report either on our Facebook Page or here on the website by clicking HERE. 

We will be taking a look back at the clubs participation in BUCS Duathlon over the last 7 years in a special throwback post on the alumni feed, so if you have any memories or photos you would like to share with us, please get in touch.

Portugal Training Camp 2018

Our Spring Portugal Training Camp is a fantastic opportunity to hone your fitness ahead of the race season, it is open to our Alumni who have paid the £15 membership. We would love to have some of you join us and its not to late to sign up.


If you have any questions you can ask Captain Ellen P-K or Philip Hatzis

The cost is £399 – This price includes everything aside from your own flights (including taking your bike which is normally £60-70 for a return or you can hire a bike out there) and food. It is up to you to book your flights but once we know who is signing up we can try and arrange so we all get similar flights! Flying into Faro in Portugal on the 5th April – leaving on the 12th April. They provide transport to and from airport in Portugal included in the price.

This is a VERY good price for a holiday like this (they normally average at about £750) and we have been given the opportunity to go for £399! This doesn’t include flights but they will be super cheap as we are booking well in advance.
Dates: 5th April – 12th April
It is in the Algarve in Portugal and includes:
– private coaching
– outdoor 50m pool
– scenic cycling
– accommodation
– opportunity to hire a bike out there

Great West Run

Back in October the annual Great West Run took place in Exeter. Very well done to all our 7 runners competing, including alumni, Ollie Thorogood who had a cracking race, finishing in 1:20:07, and 29th overall out of over 3000! 

Great Birmingham Run

On the same day as the Great West Run, alumni and former AU president, Jack Bristow was competing in the Great Birmingham Run. He smashing his previous time to record 1:22:56, congratulations to him.

Amsterdam Marathon

Alumni, Ashley Jones, competed in  the TCS Amsterdam Marathon. Sadly, he had to pull out of the race after 3km due to a knee injury but still managed a 8km to cross the finish line. Really well done on all the hard work at training Ashley, just a shame it didn’t come together for race day – next year? Great to see he has since made a good recovery and is back running.