Shuttleworth to lead bid for BUCS glory

City of Portsmouth's Richard Shuttleworth
City of Portsmouth's Richard Shuttleworth
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Richard Shuttleworth will lead the local charge towards British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS)glory over the bank holiday weekend.

The Bedford International Athletics Stadium plays host to the annual event, which attracts the best young athletes in the country.

A strong contingent of athletes will travel up from the south coast in a bid to be crowned the prized asset in their individual event.

Among them will be City of Portsmouth’s 5,000m hopeful Alex Teuten and Havant AC’s Corin Reynolds (400m), who will be representing Southampton University and University of Chichester respectively.

They stand an excellent chance of enhancing their ever-growing reputations at the three-day competition.

As will Shuttleworth, who is currently ranked third in the overall Great Britain standings for the javelin and is among the favourites to return home with a medal.

Only two other competitors in the field boast better personal bests than the City of Portsmouth ace, who will be lining up for Loughborough University when the javelin gets under way on Sunday (11.05am).

They are last year’s winner, Joseph Dunderdale from Sheffield Hallam (75m 73cm) and Leeds Metropolitan’s Matthew Hunt (76.77), who won the men’s javelin event in 2011.

But with 21-year-old Shuttleworth throwing his PB of 72.52 on the way to victory at last weekend’s Loughborough Students AC Open meet, he’s clearly a man in form at just the right time.

City team-mate Teuten is also demonstrating his true potential this season.

He goes into tomorrow’s 5,000m heats (4.20pm) on the back of two second-placed finishes at the recent Southern Athletics League meet and an eighth-place spot at the BUCS indoors in the 3,000m.

Reynolds, meanwhile, earned two firsts in Havant’s Southern League match on April 20. She begins her bid tomorrow at 6.30pm.