President – Jack Olsen
Jack is going into his third and final year at Newcastle, studying politics. However, without doubt the best part of his time in Newcastle has been spent with NUAXC, which he is very excited and pleased to be President of now. Having spent last year as captain, Jack enjoyed having a more involved role within the team, and hopes this year will be the same. It’s a great club and we all hope to see you at the taster day!
Vice President – Megan Foster
From social sec last year to vice president this year, there is no stopping triple jumping Megan. She is in her third year at the club studying History and English Lit. All that reading doesn’t stop her from all those lovely winter lactic session everyone enjoys! The highlight of her 2nd year with NUAXC has to be Portugal Warm Weather Training, and she can’t wait to organise this year! This big name in NUAXC is sure to show everyone how Wednesday nights are done right, dancing fabulously and handling those trebles are definitely her forte. She is excited to travel the country becoming XC’s no.1 supporter in the new season.
Treasurer – Sean Hodges
Sean is entering his third year studying Maths. His counting expertise ensures us that the club’s accounts are in safe hands. Sean loves pounding the pavements of the Toon, mile after mile with his best friends at NUAXC. Highlights of the last year include travelling the country for the weekends of XC racing and the extravaganza of John’s Bar in Portugal WWT. He is looking forwards to the year ahead and having more involvement in the committee.
Secretary – Alex Holdsworth
Alex is a second year Computer Scientist, possibly being one of only a few people from his degree to leave his computer to participate in sport. He has been a sprinter since 2009, with a personal highlight being his silver medal at prep school nationals. Now in his second year at the club, he has taken on the role of Secretary where he sends out those weekly emails everyone loves, writes those all-important minutes for committee meeting and continues to try and convince people that the kit is actually organised for the club. In his free time you will either find him gaming, or consuming questionable amounts of alcohol.
Men’s XC Captain – Tom Devlin
Club icon Tom Devlin is going into his 4th year at Newcastle, his 3rd with the club. In his 2nd year he was social sec but has now decided to take on the more demanding role of XC Captain – partly to keep him of Osborne road in the (very) early evening but mostly for the free drinks on a Wednesday. Studying Languages, Tom has been running for over 10 years now for club and school where he was Captain before. Tom really enjoys being a member of the club and his warm friendly personality is a joy for everyone around him. Look to find him at every training session/race/social as long as it isn’t on the track and doesn’t clash with a Newcastle match.
Women’s XC Captain – Susie Shiel-Rankin
Susie is very excited to take on the role of XC captain as she enters her 4th year studying Medicine. She is an experienced runner, having competed up to international level in athletics and cross country events in her teens. When she isn’t running on the moor (mostly away from cows) or grafting at the med school, you’ll find her either enjoying a G&T or re-watching GOT. Highlights of the season for her have to be the weekends away for races and the hilarious nights out, such as Edinburgh and BUCS. She hopes with her passion for sport and NUAXC, she can lead the team to bring home even more successes and good times!
Athletics Captain – Cameron Cutts
Occasionally known as CJ. At the beginning of the year Cameron was most notably known for apparently having the heaviest squat in the club. Now known for never skipping a training session, (or a business meeting) coupled with his natural leadership abilities, running for Captain was the obvious step forward. While only starting running at university, sport has been a part of his life since before he can remember. His preferred event being 800m he hopes to build on the success of this past year and represent the club well in 2017.
Athletics Captain – Katie Travers
Katie is in her second year of the club and is taking on the responsibility of Athletics Captain this year. She studies dentistry and runs 60m, 100m and 200m. During training, you’re sure to hear positive words of motivation and encouragement, tricking the mind that we only have 1 set left then the last one (last one doesn’t count!!). Other than running and studying, she is quite the geeky one building computers and playing video games. But on a night out, after a few glasses of wine she knows how to have a good time.
Social Secretaries – Rachael Harrison and Alex Stokes
Making up one half of NUAXC’s Social Secs this year is Rachael; a second year biology and psychology student. Specialising in all things jumps she doesn’t shy away from any new events, after being into athletics for ten years it’s safe to say she knows her way around a track. Ever the party girl Rachael can be found spending her nights in The Empress and maybe even being carried home! Be sure to go hard or go home.
The second half of the Social Secs this year is Alex. He is entering his second year of Mechanical Engineering. He is a cross-country runner with two years of school captaincy under his belt and countless numbers of legendary (!) nights out. Alex is a creative and cheeky guy, always thinking of new ways to have fun. Whether he’s trying to recreate a beloved childhood TV show or pranking his mates, he is sure to surprise and entertain you on every social!