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Student Sport Success


September marked the beginning of a new academic year here on Heriot Watt’s Edinburgh Campus. We hosted a freshers week like never before, with adapted activities and events aimed to welcome all of our students to Heriot Watt whilst keeping everyone safe during the current pandemic situation.


The Sports Union has had a busy few weeks welcoming new students to Oriam.  Hundreds of Freshers have enjoyed a variety of activities including over 150 club taster sessions, Oriam tours, gym introductions and our socially-distanced Watt Welcome Fair held in conjunction with the Student Union and other student services.


The experience of starting university this year is understandably very different but through Oriam, and our thirty-two Sports Union clubs, we’re delighted that we can continue to offer important opportunities for students to look after their health and well-being, to have fun and make new friends.  All Oriam student members are welcome to join as many Sports Union Clubs as they like and can find out more on the dedicated Sports Union website.


We asked Alex what he has learned from his recent competitions, “Learnt that the consistency built over lockdown is something that I should try to bring to my term time routines. I’ve learnt that targeting sub 3:50 for the 1500m isn’t that far away and something that should be on the cards for next season. Bring on the cross country!”. Alex’s new target is to run sub 8 minutes 15 seconds for the 3,000m. We wish him luck, and congratulations on his recent success!  

Sport Scholar Alex Carcas, who is part of the Talent Development Programme, has ran THREE new PB’s during recent competitions! 

In August, Alex ran a new 5K PB of 14 minutes 45 seconds during Storm Francis! Alex then competed at the BMC Gold Standard Races in Manchester on 15th September and ran a new PB for the 3,000m of 8 minutes 23 seconds, an improvement on last season of 10 seconds, while also winning his heat. Just three days later, Alex was back in action at the Monument Mile Classic in Stirling where he completed the mile in just 4 minutes 12 seconds, a huge new PB!