Cardiff Metropolitan University cross country runners had their best result since the 1980's in the BUCS championships last week, returning home with a team bronze medal.
The BUCS championship was held at the University of Stirling, Scotland on the 1st of February. Cardiff Met students travelled up to the course to represent the university in a closely fought battle for a well-deserved bronze medal.
The dedication of the team really shone through in the most competitive field for a number of years. The hard work paid off with Steve Mitchell being the second highest individual finish in 25 years and chased home hard by Josh Griffiths 16th and Sam Wade 18th. Matt Edwards also fought hard in the closing stages of the race, and shows great promise for the future.
The girls in the team also did Cardiff Met proud with Ffion Price improving her performance from last year from 27th to 19th, a great achievement supported by a strong team.
The progression of the team is a continuous aim with the target of being established medallists and potential champions. James Thie, Head Cross Country coach for Cardiff Met is delighted with the progression of the team since he was a student in 2001,
''In 2001 in my final year as an undergraduate and cross country captain we got so close with 4th, just 4 points off the bronze medal. This is one of the main reasons I came back as a volunteer coach in 2009, since then we have steadily progressed. Last year we were just 4 points of the bronze again, so I am ecstatic that we have managed a medal this year, and I am hopeful that as a team we can go from strength to strength in the future''.