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Leeds Beckett share the points in the 10th annual Leeds Varsity Cross Country

Leeds Beckett’s Athletics Club had to settle for a draw against the University of Leeds in the Leeds Varsity Cross Country race.

Despite dominant performances from Leeds Beckett’s star runners Alex Yee and Bronwen Owen, the club had to settle for a victory in the men’s category, as the women were just edged out by their inter-city rivals.

The cross country run saw both men’s and women’s teams compete in the same race, for the first time ever, as they competed for over 6.2km at West Park.

Leeds Beckett’s frontrunners Alex Yee, who recently completed the second fastest UK park run in history, and Bronwen Owen dominated the field to claim the event’s individual titles, while Ellie Curran finished second in the women’s category.

Despite a first and second place finish for Leeds Beckett, the team lost out to their University of Leeds counterparts with the remaining top six scoring places claimed by Leeds to give them a five point win over Leeds Beckett.

The men’s victory highlights their meteoric rise in recent years, with the team dominating the event since their first Cross Country victory in 2017.

Leeds Beckett Athletic Union President, and men’s club member, Joshua Schofield was proud of the team’s efforts.

“I was really pleased that the men’s team could take the first Varsity point,

“Two years ago the men won their Varsity fixture for the first time ever and now we are winning the event by nearly 100 points.

“Unfortunately the girls had a few injuries and illnesses that dented their scoring six but to be just five point away from victory is very encouraging for the future of the team.” Joshua said

Joshua also praised teammates Chris Durney for his strong performance, which saw him qualify for Leeds Beckett’s A Team at next month’s BUCS event, and Sam O’Shea who cancelled his plans to make sure Leeds Beckett had a team available.

The club will now focus their attentions to the BUCS Cross Country event on Saturday 2 February in Exeter before the BUCS Indoor Nationals in mid-February and the Battle of the North against Manchester Metropolitan in April.

 Joshua said “We are hoping for some really competitive performances from the teams.

“After that it's a quick change into BUCS Indoor Nationals on the 15th to 17th of Feb before starting our Outdoor Season at the Battle of the North for the first time.”

Leeds Beckett’s Varsity campaign will continue later this year, with the university’s American football and cricket clubs set to compete in the next Leeds Varsity fixtures.


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