The oldest sport in the world, people have been taking part in athletics since the first Olympic Games were held almost 3000 years ago. The Olympic Motto, "citius, altius, fortius," means "faster, higher, stronger." Not faster, higher or stronger than your opponent; just faster, higher, stronger.
If you’re looking for a fun and exciting way to get fit, better your own best, or just meet great new friends in a relaxed sports setting - GUAC, the oldest and among the most successful clubs at the university, isn’t a bad place to start!
Training takes place Mondays and Wednesdays from 6-8pm. You can meet us at the main gates from around 5pm and a minibus is provided for free to take us to the track. In addition, we also have strength and conditioning sessions in the Stevenson Building gym on Tuesday and Saturday evenings.
This year we have also decided to introduce club training on Saturday mornings from 10am-12noon. These sessions will be at a variety of locations so please check our facebook group!
We’re not an elitist club - all levels of ability are welcome! Our training caters for those just wanting a fun way to socialise and keep fit, to serious athletes and even Olympians.
Our current head coach is Sean Watson. Sean has years of coaching experience and is a former athlete himself, competing mainly in the 400m. We also have a specialist sprints and jumps coach in Colin Sinclair, who is one of the leading coaches in Scotland in this field. Having just started working with Sean and Colin last year, we are already seeing massive improvements in our club members’ fitness, enjoyment and performances.
As a club, we compete in three major events every year:
- Scottish Universities Fresher Match
- Scottish Universities Indoor Championships
- Scottish Universities Outdoor Championships.
The Fresher’s Match is a friendly, less competitive environment that allows students to post times and try competing, whether for the first time at university or first time ever. This event doubles as the showdown between Glasgow and Edinburgh Universities for the Appleton Trophy.
The Scottish Universities Indoor Championship and the outdoors take a more competitive edge allowing students to put their training into practice. With the strength in depth of our athletics team, Glasgow University have held all three Scottish Universities Athletics Cups for the past five years.
Aside from these two events members have the opportunity to compete at both the British Universities indoors and outdoor championships. Many of Team GB’s top athletes have competed here, and continue to return to enjoy watching new talent emerge. GUAC have also had great recent success at BUCS, with Julie Dobbin and Nikki Manson both winning gold in their respective events in recent years.
After any big competition or training session, we always like to wind down. We have loads of socials planned for this year, from ceilidhs to subcrawls to Monday Night Heat at Viper, so there's something for everyone!
Beyond our regular socials, we also travel to a remote region of the UK for a training and team building weekend early in first semester. On top of this we also organise a week of warm weather training in Spring, the past few years travelling to Albufeira, Portugal. Both of these events are incredibly popular in our social calendar!
Whether you’re looking to train hard or just for a great night out we’re the club for you. Look out for us at the Freshers' Week Fair, fire one of us an email or message, join our facebook group, or just pop along to one of our training sessions!
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