Oxford University Athletics Club

Blues Hall of Fame

Aidan Reynolds

In 2013 Aidan arrived at Oxford with much fanfare having come 2nd at English Schools the previous year and, more significantly, having lit the Olympic Flame in front of a worldwide television audience in the billions. He quickly showed what all the fuss was about by breaking the Freshers Match Record in his favoured Javelin as well as winning three other events. At FEAR he provided one of the most memorable performances of recent years, producing a huge throw to take an under-strength Oxford team to victory in the Javelin before barely half an hour later securing another Blues Standard in the High Jump to win a tight contest in that event. To add to his CV, Aidan was also a double winner on the Americas Tour in 2013 and has won the Javelin in the Varsity match two years running, winning by over 10m this year.


Adam McBraida

Having lead the 4×4 team off on the way to a BUCS bronze medal in 2013, Adam anchored the relay in a storming last leg to secure a silver medal this year. One of only a handful of athletes to compete in multiple events in a Varsity, Adam won two individual events in 2013 (400mH, 200mH) but surpassed everyone’s, albeit high, expectations by winning a stunning 5 victory medals as Men’s Captain this year in the 100m, 200m, 200mH, 4x100m and 4x400mH. Proud owner of 3 Blues standards, bronze and silver BUCS medals, and 10 Varsity medals, Adam wants to build on his successful role as Captain last year by leading the club, as President, to an Oxford whitewash at Varsity.


Ismaila Ngum

After a third place finish behind two tabs in 2013, Ismaila Ngum came back with a vengeance, recording fast times over the 60m hurdles indoors and progressing outdoors by consistently smashing his PB over and over again throughout the season. Despite the presence of Ross Elsby, the previous winner of the 110mh, Ismaila exploded out of the blocks and cruised over the hurdles to secure Varsity victory in a blues time of 15.57s, over half a second faster than his time the year before.


James Heywood

Having spent the majority of last year with a shoulder injury, James was determined to train hard through the winter and boy did it pay off. At his first outdoor meet of the year, Heywood threw the Full Blue standard in what was a discus demonstration at FEAR. Since then he has consistently hit the mark and is ever keen to push his PB further and further. In fact he managed to make the Discus final at BUCS and finished a strong 8th place amongst a quality field. James was disappointed at Varsity this year, despite beating a tab in the Blues event, and is keen to chase after a Varsity medal next year.


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Tom Frith

800m (1:52.17), 1500m (3:49.47)


Despite being injured for much of the winter the vaunted Frith Kick saw Tom to two victories on the Americas Tour, much to the chagrin of Dark Blue team-mate Jake Shelley. Tom’s talent was demonstrated as he literally walked to his Blues standard in the process of easing down having secured qualification for the BUCS 1500 Final. Tom demonstrated his credentials as a Varsity athlete in a much hyped showdown with Cambridge GB Junior Cross Country international Lewis Lloyd over 800, sticking tight to his man off a fast pace before storming past in the home straight to secure a win and Blues Standard in a second event. Unfortunately his tiredness left him unable to counter the last minute emergence of Jon Cook in the 1500. Next year Tom and Lewis look set to continue what could be an epic Varsity rivalry, hopefully with the same result.


George Gundle

400m (48.52)


George arrived at Oxford having never properly trained for athletics before, albeit possessing plenty of natural talent which was displayed across all the sprints at Freshers Varsity. Despite the presence of more experienced athletes by the FEAR Match George had established himself as the fastest man in the long sprints squad and established unassailable leads in both the 4×200 and 4×400. A late call up to the Americas Tour was fully vindicated by a massive personal best and Blues Standard of 48.52 at Cornell – the fastest time by an Oxford man for over a decade – being followed by victory in tough conditions against Harvard and Yale. Part of the 4×4 bronze medal winning team at BUCS, George proved himself a team player by handing 400 metre victory at Varsity to Sam Wareham in order to save his legs for later races. All this from a year’s training, there is still much more to come.


Montana Jackson

Triple Jump (11.42m w/11.32m)


The lure of the Dark Side brought Montana, a former English Schools Triple Jump Champion, back to jumping after two years out with injury and she was soon back to form. Although unfortunate to be in the same events as Cambridge’s international athlete Emma Perkins Montana sealed her Blue on the Americas Tour while also climbing to third in the all-time rankings. With her conqueror in the Horizontal Jumps now safely out of the way this medic has five years to ensure her place in the Varsity history books.


Chris Kneale-Jones

Discus (42.79m)


A former Northern Junior Champion, the lure of the Dark Side brought Chris back to the Discus after a break of several years just before the start of Trinity term. The timing was very fortunate as one of the likely Discus Blues had gone down injured the day before his arrival on the scene. Despite some early teething problems where every second throw hit the cage he won a throw-off on selection day to secure his Blues place and then fully justified it by beating both Cambridge throwers to claim 2nd place. The next few weeks saw a spirited but fruitless chase for the Blues Standard. Yet when it seemed his chance had gone, Chris produced a monster throw at an Open Meeting in early August to remove the stripes and secure his Blue.


Adam Lewandowski

800m (1:52.89)


Finally able to train before March having been injured each winter of his previous three years at Oxford, Adam showed us what we had been missing in some style. He fell just short of making the BUCS Final and looked set for 3rd place in a very high quality Varsity race. But in the unique atmosphere of Varsity he improved his seasons best by over 2 seconds and came up with his first personal best in over five years, overtaking a tiring Lewis Lloyd in the last twenty metres to secure 2nd place and a well-deserved Blues Standard in his final year.


Adam McBraida

400 Hurdles (54.72), 200 Hurdles (25.04)


Having fallen when set for victory in the 400 hurdles in 2012, Adam was determined to make amends this year. Showing his form by leading the 4×4 team off on the way to a BUCS bronze medal a fortnight previously, redemption was duly achieved in that first track event of the day as Adam tracked everyone from the inside lane before charging through to victory in the home straight to set the Dark Blues off to a perfect start in a very quick 54.72. Despite it coming 35 minutes after the 200 flat and making a terrible start, he also came through in the home straight of the 200 hurdles to retain his title and Blue in his favourite event. Another victory next year and Adam makes it onto the match programme. Now Captain and talking of aiming to secure Blues Standards in 6 events, only a fool would bet against him.


Craig Morten

400 Hurdles (53.96), 200 Hurdles (25.15)


Craig achieved a rare feat by securing a Blues Standard on the track at the Freshers Varsity Match in his favoured 400 hurdles. A valuable member of Team 4×4 during their many successes this year, including running in the heat at BUCS, Craig was out of sorts over the hurdles on the Americas Tour. But he rounded back into form just in time for the Varsity Match, convincingly beating two Cambridge Blues in the 400 hurdles before timing his finish perfectly to secure 2nd in the 200 hurdles by the narrowest of margins and keep the match alive – sealing another Blues standard in the process. Further excellent performances culminated in his first personal best over 400 hurdles in 2 years, going under the 54 second barrier in the process.


Marcus-Alexander Neil

Discus (41.81m)


Having come 6th at English Schools as a junior there was no doubting the big man’s talent or that he had the physical gifts to be a dominant force in Varsity throwing. All that was missing was training more than two weeks before Varsity. This year the final piece of the puzzle was added and was duly rewarded at the Varsity Match. A huge throw in the Discus of 41.81 gave the Oxford men their first victory in a heavy throw since 2010 and secured Marcus his first Blue in the one true sport to go with his rugby league one. With Cambridge having a very good fresher coming in next year, further improvement will be necessary to retain his title but with his determination now being applied to the throwing circle, don’t rule Marcus out.


Anna Niedbala

Discus (38.99m)


Anna was the cause of much excitement at the Freshers Fair, given that her Discus PB from her time in the NCAA’s was six metres further than anyone had ever thrown for Oxford before. By contrast, her Hammer PB placing her in the top 3 of all time seemed slightly disappointing! Her performances certainly were not. Having been narrowly defeated by Georgina Howe of Cambridge at the Freshers Match, she defied injury, including being hit on the ankle by our men’s Discus Blue at the final session before the match, to return the favour when it truly counts at the Varsity Match in May as part of a powerful throws squad.


Nadine Prill

100m (12.27w/12.40), 200m (24.64), 400m (56.43)


With the arrival of Alice Kaye at Cambridge, the pressure was on for Nadine to retain her place as the undisputed Queen of Varsity sprinting. She delivered in the grand manner right from the off, overcoming a poor start to break the 60m Match Record at FEAR and leading home both sprint relays. Two victories were secured on the Americas Tour, including breaking the Harvard/Yale Match Record in her favoured 200m to extend her lead atop the all-time rankings in this event to almost a second. Finally, on Varsity day itself Nadine comfortably retained her treble, cementing her place as the greatest female sprinter Oxford has ever seen. Now entering her final year she will be targeting a treble treble with Varsity Match records as the icing on the cake.


Aidan Reynolds

Javelin (68.77m), High Jump (1.95m)


Aidan arrived at Oxford with much fanfare having come 2nd at English Schools the previous year and, more significantly, having lit the Olympic Flame in front of a worldwide television audience in the billions. He quickly showed what all the fuss was about by breaking the Freshers Match Record in his favoured Javelin as well as winning three other events. At FEAR he provided one of the most memorable performances of recent years, producing a huge throw to take an under-strength Oxford team to victory in the Javelin before barely half an hour later securing another Blues Standard in the High Jump to win a tight contest in that event. A double winner on the Americas Tour and having PB’d early in the season to go 2nd on the all-time list Aidan was disappointed with his performance on Varsity day. He still won the Javelin by 6 metres.


Sam Trigg

Triple Jump (14.56m)


Cambridge had whitewashed the Oxford men in the horizontal jumps the previous year but that was never likely to be repeated with Sam joining us. In the Triple Jump the Blues Standard was reached in virtually every competition, including a surprise win at the Penn/Cornell Match, whilst his Long Jump also improved by over 30cm to just short of the standard. Sam ultimately lost out to arch-rival Matt Houlden in both horizontal jumps at the Varsity Match and this confrontation will continue to be a highlight of Oxbridge athletics next year. Also demonstrating a talent for High Jump and the 200 metres at Town v Gown, Sam will be a key part of the Oxford team seeking to win the 150th Anniversary match in 2014.


Rebecca Simpson

Hammer (40.56m)


Rebecca sealed her Blue and her place in the all time top 10 at her first Hammer competition for OUAC at the Freshers Varsity Match. Although injury seriously curtailed her training she was able to further progress up the all time rankings with throws over 40 metres at both Tour Matches and secured a solid 2nd place behind a classy Cambridge athlete at the Varsity Match. Still three metres short of her PB this season, there is much more to be shown in the coming years.


Michelle Sikes

5000m (17:20.32)


Many years ago Michelle was the NCAA 5000 metre champion and ran for the USA at the World Championships. Following a first year in Oxford where she won everything in sight Michelle took a break of several years from the sport. Only returning in January time she quickly re-discovered something of her old form to come second at the Varsity 5000 behind an athlete who had won the silver medal at the BUCS Championships two weeks previously. With her PhD still having no end in sight big things are expected from Michelle next year – the pedigree is certainly there.


Sam Wareham

400m (49.91, 48.3 leg)


After three years of trying in both rugby and athletics Sam Wareham was awarded a Discretionary Blue in his final year. It was fitting that the performance that sealed it for this ultimate team man came in the 4×4 relay BUCS Final where he almost ran down Cardiff Metropolitan for 2nd, resulting in a stunning 48.3 leg as part of the record breaking bronze medal squad. He followed this up with victory in the individual 400 metres at Varsity and again ran the fastest leg in the relay. The ovation that greeted its announcement told the story – few Blues can have been as deserved.


Isaiah Adekanmbi

100m (10.85)


With a PB of 10.73 Isaiah is possibly the fastest Dark Blue never to win the Varsity 100 metres. He again swept all before him during the indoor season on his way to a third individual victory over 60 metres at FEAR in his third sub 7 second time – he has now run more sub 7 times in the match than everyone else combined. Despite suffering an Achilles injury the day before the flight he recovered enough to anchor the Oxbridge sprint relay squad to victory over Harvard and Yale. Unfortunately the injury meant Isaiah was far from his best at Varsity and was beaten in the individual event and the relay. Once recovered he ran the two fastest legal times by an Oxbridge athlete this season. Had he been fit, the match result might well have been different.


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Clara Blattler

The 2009-2010 OUAC Women’s Captain has achieved Blues standard performances in the pole vault and the 400m hurdles, winning both events at the Varsity Match. Vaulting an OUAC record of 3.71m at the indoor FEAR match, she also placed 5th at the BUCS outdoor championships.


Hannah Hogben

Hannah has been the dedicated leader of the OUAC throwing squad for 2009-2010. She has delivered solid performances in the shot put and discus, but had the strongest results in the hammer throw, where she threw a fantastic personal best this year of 44.25m.


Liz Murphy

Liz came back to athletics from a brief retirement to jump and throw in the spring outdoor season. A blues rower as well as a blues athlete, she achieved Blues standard performances this year in the shot put. Unfortunately, an injury on the day of the Varsity Match prevented her from acquiring any wins in that competition.


Ashley Nord

Ashley unfortunately could not perform to her best in the Varsity Match due to an Achilles tendon injury, but expect her to be back next year to help the Oxford women dominate the pole vault. She cleared a season’s best of 3.50m in the indoor season.


Bethany Staniland

Bethany made a fantastic recovery from multiple knee operations to rejoin us this year in the throws, achieving Blues standards in the shot put and the discus. Amazingly, she achieved a fantastic personal best in the discus of 38.59m this spring.


Alexander Skouby

Captain Skouby led from the front for all of the 2009/2010 season. Despite a dissapointing competition at the indoor BUCS, Skouby completed his 3rd-straight team victory in the FEAR high jump competition, during which he emerged victorious in the 2nd-string 60mh, to complete the squad victory there too. As Varsity approached, Alex began to fine tune his preparation, and entered the Varsity match as favourite to take his 3rd consecutive high jump win. But the going wasn’t smooth – Cambridge’s talisman Louis Persent pushed him all the way, but after a shakey start with some uncharacteristic failures at lower heights, Skouby’s class came through, winning the epic competition with a success at 1.95m. With the 5 points secured, Skouby raised the bar to 2.02m to attempt a new personal best, and secure his place in the club’s all-time top-10, but missed it by the narrowist of margins. As he enters his 4th year, Alex has set his sights on a remarkable 4th straight win in the Blues high jump, a BUCS medal, and a PB to make him one of the all-time great Oxford high jumpers.


Jeff Piercy

A real saviour for the team, Jeff only began competing for us in trinity term and was more than capable of filling our rather empty hammer squad. Former Hamilton Tiger-Cats player and Canada West all star Jeff provided not only excellent performances but also a bit of needed size and intimidation to the team. At the varsity match Jeff was ready to show everyone what he was capable of. Hammer being the first event it was an ideal platform for his talents. Winning the event and throwing the blues distance for the first time was an ideal opener to the match.


Pete Cox

The thought of what this man is capable of should strike fear into the hearts and minds of any Cambridge athlete. As former New-Zealand decathlon champion Pete follows in the footsteps of fellow international and decathlon champion Sean Gourley by coming to Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. This year has unfortunately been very difficult for Pete as his intentions of attending the commonwealths were hampered by a serious Achilles injury. This injury, whilst preventing him from running and jumping (his main events), did not stop him from simply dominating the throws at both the FEAR match in March and the Varsity match in May. Winning the Shot, Discus and Javelin in both matches he showed that Cambridge had no one to match his calibre. I pity any Cambridge side that comes up against a fully fit Pete Cox. Despite being a truly fierce competitor he is always willing to lend a hand and is a genuinely thoughtful and kind man.


Oliver Stogdale

Now one of the old guard of the team, Oli decided to increase he repertoire to include some of the longer hurdle disciplines, a decision which came at no small cost to his comfort during training. Throughout the year he was seen running long reps in the cold and wet with his typical expression of dogged determination etched on his face. His efforts were of course rewarded when on a cold and wet May morning at the County Champs Oli ran his first blues time in the 110m hurdles, an event which a week later he would be victorious in at the somewhat sunnier Varsity match. A true team player, Oli competed in a total of 4 events at the match and was still on form by the end of the dinner. Oli (and his slightly strange sense of humour) are sure to be missed next year.


Isaiah Adekanmbi

Isaiah stunned everyone with his first performance against Cambridge at the FEAR match in March. Running a staggering 6.90 seconds in the 60m he propelled himself to the top of the all time rankings for a distance he claims not to enjoy. The outdoor season saw more extraordinary performances from Isaiah where he consistently ran sub 11 seconds in the 100m and earned his blue by running 10.87 seconds in the heats of the BUCS championships. Come Varsity he was a force to be reckoned with but sadly due to illness was not at his best. This didn’t stop him producing a spectacular first leg in the 4 by 100m leaving all around him for dead. A man who is always happy to help I am sure he will continue to impress and intimidate.


Will Hooton

Squad leader for the long sprints, Will could always be counted on to bring a sense of purpose to most proceedings whether training or social occasions. He got his season off to a great start with some fantastic performances at the FEAR match. Following this up at the indoor BUCS competition he ran a long awaited blues time in the 400m heats, a time that would have seen him comfortably make the final. Will was unfortunate at the Varsity match to come up against Cambridge’s international 400m runner. Despite this he competed with characteristic confidence and zeal.


David Bruce

Dave had been with both the athletics and cross-country clubs for many years now and continues to show himself as one of the most reliable men we have. His ability to double up in the longer distances proved invaluable at the Varsity match winning the Steeplechase and placing second behind Oxford’s Luke Caldwell in the 5,000m, he raked in the points for us. With a BUSA medal and Blues in both cross-country and athletics to his name, he is a very talented guy. Dave now only has one more year in Oxford, it will be interesting to see how he finishes out his career here.


William Johnson

Perhaps more noted in Oxford for his ability on the rugby pitch and his rather inexplicable ability to do the splits, Will has proved himself more than a competent member of the athletic community. His willingness to sacrifice other commitments to enable him to compete shows the character of this gentle giant. With a natural aptitude for the shot and an ingrained competitive streak Will was a dangerous asset at any competition.


Andy Heyes

An excellent middle distance and cross-country runner, Andy really came alight this summer with some fantastic performances. Achieving a blue in perhaps the most prestigious event – the mile – is no small feat. Let alone doing it practically by yourself on the historic Sir roger Bannister track. With a lack of competition from the Cambridge side, Andy was forced to front run the 1609m race. It was a display of immense discipline and tact. Completing the final lap in under 60 seconds and watching the clock all the way down the final straight he achieved his blues time with less than a second to spare. Later in the season he continued to improve clocking 3:46.9 in the 1500m. Andy is an athlete who I feel confident will continue to impress in the years to come.


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