News Archive, Category: Bobsleigh

Young bobsleigh duo Charlotte Longden and Will Scammell hit top 12 for Team GB at Lausanne 2020 Youth Olympic Games

21 January 2020

Team Bath athletes Charlotte Longden and Will Scammell both recorded 12th-placed finishes when they represented Team GB in bobsleigh at the Lausanne 2020 Youth Olympic Games. Longden went first in the women’s monobob competition on Sunday and got progressively quicker over her two runs, reaching speeds of 125.4km/h to finish on a combined time of 2:30.20 – +3.36 seconds off the eventual winner Georgeta Popescu of Romania. “I was happy with how my runs went,”...

Stunning silver sees Brad Hall and Greg Cackett make World Cup history on memorable weekend for British Bobsleigh and Skeleton

20 January 2020

University of Bath-based Brad Hall and Greg Cackett made history as they recorded Great Britain’s best World Cup two-man bobsleigh result since records began by winning silver at Igls, Austria. “It’s an absolutely incredible feeling,” said driver Hall, who had finished fourth alongside Cackett in France the previous weekend. “If you had told us last week that we were going to finish in the top six two weeks in a row, let alone fourth and...

Brad Hall and Greg Cackett record Britain’s best 2-man bobsleigh result this millennium during impressive World Cup weekend

13 January 2020

It was a weekend to remember for the University of Bath-based British Bobsleigh squad as Brad Hall and Greg Cackett recorded the country’s best World Cup 2-man bobsleigh result this millennium. They missed out on a medal by just 18 hundredths of a second in La Plagne, France, as they finished fourth in just their second-ever 2-man race together. “It’s a little bit bittersweet after we finished second in the first heat but, if we’d...

Team Bath athletes taking to different track after Team GB bobsleigh selection for Lausanne 2020 Youth Olympic Games

18 December 2019

Charlotte Longden and William Scammell, who both train at the University of Bath, have been selected to race for Team GB in bobsleigh at the Lausanne 2020 Youth Olympic Games. The 17-year-olds will take to the ice at the world-famous St Moritz when the Games are staged at the home of the Olympic movement in Switzerland from January 9-22. Both were first introduced to the sport as track and field athletes with Team Bath Athletics...

Meet the talented University of Bath student-athletes across 13 different sports joining the ranks of sporting scholars during 2019-20

11 November 2019

Aspiring Olympians, both Summer and Winter, and reigning European and British Champions are among the latest intake of scholars to receive support from the University of Bath on both their sporting and academic journeys. The talented 2019-20 group of 15 student-athletes, who compete across 13 different sports, join 26 existing scholars who each receive a cash award that runs over the period of their course and helps them meet the demands of training, competing and...

Rapid starts provide positive signs as aspiring young British bobsleigh stars target Youth Olympics qualification

28 October 2019

The journey to the Youth Olympics for five youngsters who train with the British Bobsleigh & Skeleton Association (BBSA) at the University of Bath gathered pace at the weekend as the first of the qualification races took place in Norway. Charlotte Longden, who has previously competed for Team Bath Athletics Club, led the way with ninth and 11th-placed finishes in the girls’ mono-bob competition while representing Great Britain in Race 1 and 2 of the...

Four-man bobsleigh team finally set to receive Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic bronze medals at Team GB Ball

24 October 2019

The University of Bath-based four-man bobsleigh team that have been promoted onto the podium following doping violations at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games will finally receive their bronze medals at next month's Team GB Ball in London. The GB 1 crew consisting of John Jackson, Bruce Tasker, Stuart Benson and Joel Fearon finished the competition in fifth place but have retrospectively moved up the rankings following the disqualification of two crews from Russia after...

Sochi 2014 Olympic bronze medal finally confirmed for British four-man bobsleigh team

29 March 2019

Four more athletes who trained at the University of Bath have joined the ranks of Olympic medalists after John Jackson’s four-man bobsleigh crew were upgraded to the bronze-medal position at Sochi 2014. Jackson, Stu Benson, Bruce Tasker and Joel Fearon originally finished fifth in Russia five years ago, just 11 hundredths of a second outside the medal spots at the sport’s showpiece event. The subsequent disqualification of the home nation’s gold-medal winning and fourth-placed sleds...

Brad Hall and Nick Gleeson finished fourth at 2019 Bobsleigh World Championships, equalling Britain's best result for 50 years. CREDIT: IBSF

Brad Hall and Nick Gleeson equal Britain’s best two-man bobsleigh result for more than half a century at World Championships

03 March 2019

British Bobsleigh are celebrating their joint best two-man World Championship result for 53 years after Brad Hall and Nick Gleeson finished equal fourth in Canada on Sunday. Former decathlete Hall and serving Paratrooper Gleeson just missed a first British medal since Olympic Champions Tony Nash and Robin Dixon won bronze in Cortina in 1966. They instead equalled the achievement of recently retired Bruce Tasker and current four-man team-mate Joel Fearon, who themselves finished fourth in...

Mica McNeill and Montell Douglas miss out on World Cup bobsleigh medal by just hundredths of a second

06 January 2019

University of Bath-based bobsleigh duo Mica McNeill and Montell Douglas recorded their best-ever World Cup result on Saturday as they finished fourth in an incident-packed race at Altenberg, Germany. The British pair had what appeared to be a cup thrown onto the track during the start of their second run and then were ranked as sixth in the official results before being rightfully upgraded after the clock was adjudged to have been nearly four-tenths of...

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