Cambridge University excels in BUCS Athletics Championships and secures historic Varsity Boxing win

CUABC winners lift the trophy
CUABC winners lift the trophy. Credit Anthony Sajdler Photography

Cambridge University athletes showcased their talent and competitive spirit in two thrilling sports events recently, the British Universities & Colleges Sports (BUCS) Outdoor Athletics Championships and the Amateur Boxing Varsity.

The BUCS Outdoor Athletics Championships, held in Manchester, saw Cambridge athletes from Cambridge University Athletic Club and Cambridge University Hare and Hounds, clinch five medals. Some of the notable results included:

  • Angus Harrington of St. John’s College securing a gold medal in the 800m event, making him the BUCS Champion for the 2022-23 season. 
  • Jeremy Dempsey from Girton College claiming the silver medal in the highly competitive 1500m race. 
  • Reese Robinson of Jesus College displaying remarkable skill in the Triple Jump event, earning a well-deserved bronze medal. 
  • Niamh Bridson Hubbard from Magdalene College also securing a bronze medal in the 1500m event.
  • Mary Adeniji of Newnham College impressed with a bronze medal in the Long Jump.

In addition to the medalists, several other Cambridge students reached the finals and narrowly missed out on podium finishes, underscoring the depth of talent within the university.

The weekend included six students who are part of Cambridge’s UCAPP programme, showcasing the university’s commitment to nurturing exceptional athletic talent. 

The BUCS success followed another great triumph for Cambridge University Amateur Boxing Club (CUABC) in the 114th Amateur Boxing Varsity in March. The Amateur Boxing Varsity stands as the longest-running amateur boxing fixture in the world since its inception in 1897.

Cambridge’s Varsity Squad, comprising 12 fighters, travelled to Oxford where victory for the CUABC boxers unfolded in front of a boisterous crowd of 750 Oxford supporters. The final score was 6-3 and included 3 early stoppages by technical knockout. 

Cambridge’s victory further extended their lead in the overall score, with the tally now standing at 58-56 in Cambridge’s favour, reflecting the close competition between the two universities.


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