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The Loughborough International Athletics (LIA) meeting returns to campus this weekend

Loughborough University is proud to be hosting this year’s Loughborough International Athletics (LIA) event on Sunday, 23 May.

Seen as the curtain-raiser to the outdoor season, the competition was sadly cancelled last year due to the coronavirus pandemic but will make a welcome return to campus this weekend at the Paula Radcliffe Stadium.

Billed as a ‘Battle of the Nations’, Loughborough will put forward a team of past and present students to go up against teams from England, Scotland, Wales and GB&NI U20s.

Due to current covid restrictions, this year’s event will be strictly held behind closed doors with no admissions for spectators.

However, supporters can still keep across the action via a live stream hosted on Loughborough Sport’s Facebook and YouTube pages. Live results from the day can also be viewed HERE.

“We had an idea at the start of the year that the event may be allowed to take place, but when we got the actual go ahead, we only had a matter of weeks to put the event on,” explained Emma Wiltshire, Loughborough Athletics Programme Manager and Meeting Manager for the LIA.

“It’s been a mammoth effort from all involved including the Athletics Event Leads, Loughborough Sport and the wider University to make it happen, and there are so many people we have to thank for getting the event off the ground.

“In a year where all three BUCS Athletics Championships were cancelled, it’s fantastic that some of our current athletes will still be able to sport the colours of Loughborough and be part of a team which includes athletes who may have since left, but at one time called Loughborough their home and training base.”

Loughborough has named a strong squad for the day of first-class athletics, including Meghan Beesley competing in the 400m Hurdles, Molly Caudery in the pole vault, Alex Haydock-Wilson in the 400m, and Georgina Adam in 200m.

The full Loughborough team can be found below:

MEN

Event

WOMEN

Selection

 

Selection

Kristian Jones

100m

Emily Coope

TBC

200m

Georgina Adam

Alex Haydock-Wilson

400m

Ella Turner

Max Wharton

800m

Amy Griffiths

Ossama Meslek

1500m

Cari Hughes

Freddie Carcas

3000m

Alex Millard

Sam Costley

3000m s/chase

No Selection

Cameron Fillery

Sprint Hurdles

Megan Marrs

Alex Knibbs

400m Hurdles

Meghan Beesley

Samuel Khogali

Long Jump

Charlotte Jones

Chris Baker

High Jump

Ashleigh West

Ethan Walsh

Pole Vault

Molly Caudery

Nathan Douglas

Triple Jump

Lily Hulland

George Hyde

Shot

Ellen Barber

George Armstrong

Discus

Taia Tunstall

Taylor Campbell

Hammer

Cathrine Beatty

Daniel Bainbridge

Javelin

Bekah Walton

TBC

Relay Teams

TBC

Loughborough’s opponents on the day have also named strong sides. The GB&NI U20s team includes Charlotte Payne in the women’s hammer, who has already secured the world and European U20 standards.

The Scotland side will feature Beth Dobbin in the 200m, Alisha Rees in the 100m, and Courtney MacGuire in the pole vault.

The Wales team will see Jeremiah Azu competing in 100m and Loughborough-based Dai Greene in the 400m hurdles.

England has selected European under-20 champion Isabelle Boffey in the 800m and high jumper Joel Clarke-Khan. 

The full line-ups can be viewed here: GB&NI U20s, Scotland, Wales, England.

Notes for editors

Press release reference number: 21/84

Notes for editors

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, named the best university in the world for sports-related subjects in the 2021 QS World University Rankings and University of the Year by The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2019.

Loughborough is in the top 10 of every national league table, being ranked 7th in the Guardian University League Table 2021, 5th in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020 and 6th in The UK Complete University Guide 2021.

Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in the Times Higher Education’s ‘table of tables’ and is in the top 10 in England for research intensity. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

The Loughborough University London campus is based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and offers postgraduate and executive-level education, as well as research and enterprise opportunities. It is home to influential thought leaders, pioneering researchers and creative innovators who provide students with the highest quality of teaching and the very latest in modern thinking.

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