Dobson Breaks 10 Year old BUCS Record
The British University and Colleges Sports, (BUCS), has been at the forefront of university sport for over 100 years. Taking place at the English Institute of Sport (EIS) in Sheffield from the 14th to 16th February 2020 the indoor Athletics Championships is one of the biggest gatherings of Student athletes in the UK.
On the first day of competition and making his debut at the indoor championships, Charlie Dobson, representing Loughborough University, competed in the men’s 60m. Drawn in heat number eight of twelve, he eased through round one, closing down after just thirty metres, looking almost too relaxed as he crossed the line in 6.83s. From lane four in the fourth of the semi finals and after a confusing recall which saw no disqualifications, Dobson cruised through, winning in a new PB of 6.71s.
Just an hour later he lined up for the final against team-mate and the reigning BUCS champion Kristian Jones. Although twenty metres out there was no clear leader, Dobson soon pulled away and opened up a convincing lead,crossing the line in 6.64s, which not only broke a ten-year-old BUCS Championship Record, he had lowered his pre match PB by over a tenth of a second and set a new Harriers club record ranking him 7th in the UK. Along with his win he was also voted Student Athlete of the meet by Student Roost, one of the meets main sponsors. Despite invitations to compete the British Senior Indoor Championships, Dobson has now finished his indoor season and after some warm weather training in Florida over Easter looks forward to his outdoor season.
On the third day, Rebecca Jeggo competed in her first BUCS competition in the 200m representing University of Essex; she dominated her heat, jogging over the line in a time of 25.05s.
Automatic qualification to the final was only guaranteed to the semi-final winner and the two fastest losers. Jeggo was unfortunate to be drawn against an athlete who had represented England at a recent International meeting. From lane six she ran a competitive race finishing in a strong second place with a huge indoor personal best, and club indoor record, of 24.34s.
As a fastest loser Jeggo was drawn in the lane two, and whilst unable to replicate her semi-final time, finished a respectable fourth in 24.73s.
She completes her indoor season with a trip to Glasgow over the weekend of 22nd / 23rd February to compete in both the 60m & the 200m at the senior British Championships.