20 May 2019
Alumni celebrate 50 years since graduation and enjoy annual athletics
On 18 and 19 May 2019, over 100 alumni and friends visited Loughborough to celebrate 50 years since graduating from the University, and to share in the 61st annual Loughborough International Athletics meet.
Around 30 people joined in celebrations for the anniversary year of their graduation on Saturday evening over dinner in the Hazlerigg Council Chamber.
Alumni had the opportunity to reminisce on their time at Loughborough, taking a guided tour of campus to see new developments – as well as some familiar sights.
Guests heard from fellow alumnus and University staff member, Jon Walker, who updated them on University news, and later local performer Dan Francisco performed the hits of Sinatra, Nat King Cole and Dean Martin.
On Sunday, a further 100 guests enjoyed top-class athletics at the Paula Radcliffe Athletics Stadium, whilst reuniting with fellow alumni in the Pavilion. The guests enjoyed refreshments, lunch and afternoon tea during the day as part of the Loughborough Sporting Club VIP ticket, which was available to alumni and friends.
The event saw a new world record set in the T38 100m, with Sophie Hahn smashing her own record with a time of 12.43 seconds.
Elsewhere, there was great success for Loughborough athletes, with the impressive Meghan Beesley winning the Women’s 400m Hurdles in a time of 56.72. and Will Fuller recording a dominant victory in the 3000m, beating an African Violet-heavy field with a time of 8:13.26.
Spectators were also treated to performances from athletes such as Great Britain’s medal-winning heptathlete, Niamh Emerson, as well as European Under-18 3000m gold medallist Thomas Keen and 400m silver medallist Ethan Brown.
We look forward to welcoming alumni to future events.
Photographs of the dinner and LIA events can be viewed online.
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