After narrow defeats for the Men’s and Women’s Seconds last weekend and a victory for the Men’s Thirds, meet the Blues hoping to bring home a win this weekend at Wimbledon Common.
Third-year medic Ollie didn’t run the Blues varsity match as a fresher, having been snapped up by the Great Britain team to race in the European Cross Country champs instead. He more than made up for it in his second year though, taking a (pretty convincing) individual win in the Blues’ match (and in “good abs, bad abs” afterwards). Given his good form in races so far this year he looks set for another strong performance at Wimbledon Common as part of the light blue line-up.
Lining up for his third varsity match in as many years, Caius medic George is having an excellent season. Having improved year on year in the Varsity matches and scoring as part of the victorious team last year, George has shown himself to be a class runner. Finishing 10th in the Met League, and flying round the first leg of the National Cross Country Relays to hand over also in 10th, George looks to be on formidable form and ready to destroy the dark blue opposition.
Not happy to see his varsity days behind him, NatSci Phil returned for a PhD this year to guarantee a few more opportunities to destroy the dark blues. Despite being an excellent track runner; taking two consecutive u23 national 5000m titles, Phil has proved he is not just a “track fairy”. His ability to fly round the hills and mud at Wimbledon Common sees him making his fourth Blues appearance. Rumour has it he once said “smash varsity, make money, die”, and we can only hope that his strong form will help the light blues to fulfil the first part of this motto, although the rest we’ll leave to him.
Will Ryle- Hodges:
Will has taken part in the last 6 blues matches, making him the most experienced man on the team. A blue throughout his undergraduate time at Cambridge, his two years of masters study at Oxford, then back for two more at Cambridge, Will should be able to run around Wimbledon Common with his eyes closed. More impressively, he is yet to be on a losing side – being part of the victorious Cambridge team last year. With his current good form, his winning streak looks likely to see him and the light blue men through to another successful year.
Third-year Paul studies history almost as enthusiastically as he does miles, and his hard work has been rewarded with selection for his first ever blues team. Although a cold field in London is pretty far from San Diego, Paul has proved himself to be at home when it comes to racing in the mud, and after his strong performances for Cambridge at MET league and the RAF match, he is set to be a valuable member of the team when Cambridge face the dark blue line-up.
This year’s captain MacGregor, is another experienced member of the Blue’s team, making his 3rd appearance at Wimbledon Common. Under the guidance of the magical Phill O’dell, MacGregor had a fantastic summer on the track, running blues standards in the 1500m and 3000m. With his good form continuing into the cross country season, MacGregor’s training has been powered by hatred of Oxford and lots of Soreen. A particular rivalry with this year’s Oxford captain will no doubt see him give his all at the Blues match.
Second year medic Josh makes his first ever blues team this year after a strong performance at MET league to demonstrate how much he has improved. After narrowly losing in the men’s II’s team last year, Josh looks set to take his revenge against the dark blue opposition. As if he needed more incentive to smash Oxford, apparently there’s a pretty ‘lit’ party at the end of the race, so we’re sure he’ll want to get to that finish line as quickly as possible…
Despite being the only fresher to make the men’s blues team this year, Joe feels like he has been part of CUHH for years. Having learnt all of last year’s blue team members (and their respectively PB’s in… well everything) before even arriving in Cambridge, we knew he was keen from day 1. Having already run a 31.06 10k this year, and performing well at the RAF match and the Met League, Joe has earnt his place in a high quality men’s squad. Rumour has it, he can clap almost as fast as he can run.
Club and team captain Lizzy returns for her third blues match in three years. Having competed for the GB mountain running team, she’s a formidable runner when it comes to the hills of Wimbledon Common. Lizzy has got quicker every year she’s been at Cambridge, and given her current form from MET league and Cuppers we’ve got no doubt that she can continue her winning streak of Blues matches and lead the team to another victory against the dark blue enemies.
This is Law student Rachel’s first appearance for the Blues squad after an injury prevented her taking a spot in last year’s squad. She’s showed her determination to bounce back from this injury and take the individual win at Cuppers this year, and looks set to continue these winning ways into smashing Oxford at the blues match. Arriving at the finish line is just about the only thing that Rachel’s never late for, and given her strong current form she’s bound to get there quickly this year.
Fresher Nancy only arrived on the scene this year, but within a term has already proven herself to be a talented runner over cross country. Fourth back for Cambridge at the MET league, she’s proved her current good form and strength when it comes to tackling the mud and hills. Her strong performances so far mean she’s bound to be a valuable member of the squad when they come to face O*ford.
Niamh Bridson Hubbard
Second-year Geography student Niamh has an incredible record over cross country, having competed for the England squad on multiple occasions. She’s proven her class already this season, being the first runner back for Cambridge at the MET league, as well as winning a team silver at the National Cross Country relays with a strong individual performance. As part of the blues squad last year, Niamh looks set to take her revenge for a match that didn’t go Cambridge’s way and is sure to be a strong contender when it comes to smashing the opposition.
Third year classicist Ruby returns this year for her second Blues match as a veteran of the battle against O*ford. She’s improved impressively over the past year and was second runner back for Cambridge at the MET league. This good form looks set to continue into the Blues match, and we’re sure that she’ll be a formidable member of the team when it comes to smashing the dark blue enemy. Ruby has also proved herself to have a strong tactical instinct both on and off the course, last year employing the wise mantra ‘keep your friends close but your enemies closer’ following the race.
Fiona is another fresher who’s appeared on the scene this year and already proved her talent and potential over cross country. She’s run for the England mountain running squad on multiple occasions, which will come in handy over the hills at Wimbledon Common. Backing up a third place finish at the RAF match with being the second runner back for Cambridge at the MET league, Fiona will be sure to take Oxford by surprise when she faces them for the first time in just a few weeks.
This is education master’s student Rachelle’s first appearance in the Blues, having raced in the seconds team against O*ford in the past. An impressive performance at RAF match is testament to the improvement that Rachelle has made over the years through consistent hard work and (a lot) of parkruns. Her Northern heritage leaves her well prepared to deal with the cold and wet of cross country, and we’ve got no doubt she’ll feel just as at home racing in the South against dark blue competition.