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RUKA compete at BUCs XC in Scotland

This year BUCS XC was held in Stirling Scotland at the beginning of February, which meant a whole weekend of travelling and racing. Race day saw typical Scottish conditions with light rain persistent throughout the day. Despite the distance and conditions, the enthusiastic XC runners were deterred, and turned up in their thousands to represent their universities.

The Men’s A-race was first go and featured almost 300 athletes from across the country.

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Pharmacy FC win Campus Sport 5-a-side tournament

After a long hard season, the Sports Park 5-a-Side League culminated in a pulsating and tense final contested by Badger and Pharmacy FC. Prior to Badger and Pharmacy renewing their rivalry, the Quarter and Semi-Finals were played out. The first match-ups saw League one winners Pharmacy take on Wealdstone Raiders and League two runners up NFAC face Teenage Mutant Ninja Skrtles, the latter of those two fixtures being arguably the game of the round.» >

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Froch and Groves rematch promises to be an ‘epic contest’

One aspect that ensures sport is both unique and exciting compared to other forms of entertainment is the prospect of a rematch. These showpiece events have the ability to leave a nation holding its breath and can, and often do, make or break an individual’s career.

Carl Froch versus George Groves rightfully joins the likes of England versus Australia in the Ashes and Brazil versus Argentina in international football as one of these epic contests, as it was finally confirmed that the two will go head-to-head again on Saturday 31st May 2014 in what promises to be a classic.» >

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Head of the River 2014 cancelled

The infamous Head of the River race, organised by Reading University Boat Club (RUBC), is the latest sporting event to fall foul of 2014’s adverse weather conditions.

With BUCs fixtures being postponed left, right and centre, and even the programme for Varsity in doubt, the cancellation of the Head of the River race has come as no surprise.

University of Reading Directer of Rowing Will Rand said, “Currently the flow rate on the River Thames is six times the average for this time of year, and there is lots more water upstream of our stretch heading this way.» >

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Rain affects UoR January sport

A wet beginning to 2014 has meant a series of postponements and cancellations for sports teams at Reading University.

BUCs fixtures have been depleted for the first four weeks in a row of the Spring Term so far, whilst the Campus Sport 11-a-side tournament is also suffering from a backlog of fixtures.

The men’s university football teams are yet to play in 2014, although the women did manage a fixture between themselves at SportsPark towards the end of January.» >

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Team GB gearing up for Winter Olympics in Sochi

The first Winter Olympic Games occurred in 1924 in France. On the 6th February to the 23rd February 2014, the 22nd Winter Olympic Games will be hosted in Sochi, Russia.

Compared to only 16 nations participating in the 1924 Games, 83 nations will compete in Sochi. Nations such as Malta, Tonga, Zimbabwe and Paraguay will make their first Winter Olympic debut. Sochi will hold 98 events in 15 winter sport disciplines including snowboarding, figure skating, skeleton and biathlon (a combination of skiing and shooting).» >

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France spring surprise on opening weekend of Six Nations

This year the Six Nations began where it ended last year, in Cardiff. With Wales bidding to become the first ever side to win three championships in a row, surely the Italy game was a given. Not so.

The Italians put up a fight and made it very difficult for the Welsh to play. This led to Wales making mistakes, with Rhys Priestland being turned over several times. Even Leigh Halfpenny was not immune to error; his pass was intercepted by man of the match Campagnaro who ran in his second try on his championship debut.» >

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RUBC fly through BUCs indoors

Towards the end of last term on the 23rd November the BUCS rowing calendar kicked off with the BUCS indoor rowing championships.

Students from all across the country, a total of 1600 students, competed by rowing 2km on a rowing machine.

The University of Reading hosted one of the several venues for the event which saw several of the University’s athletes achieve success.

Sam Twine in the men’s heavyweight category came a close second overall in the country with a time of 5.59.8 to the winner’s time of 5.59.0.» >

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