Welcome to the Oxford University Cross Country Club – one of Oxford’s ‘Full Blue’ sports. OUCCC caters for those who just like to run socially to athletes competing at a national and international level.

In Michaelmas and Hilary we focus on cross-country, while in Trinity we join with our sister club OUAC and compete on the track (over middle distance, long distance and steeplechase). Highlights of the club year include our Varsity match against Cambridge, BUCS (British University and College Sports) Cross-Country Championships and inter-university relays. All these competitions are open for anyone of any level to compete in, whether you are aiming for a Full Blue or a fun day out (but mainly to beat the Tabs [Cambridge]).


Very exciting announcement: training camp this year will be held at the Carroty Wood Centre in Tonbridge (http://adventures.rockuk.org/centres/carroty-wood). This will take place from Friday 26th September – Tuesday 30th September (with most returning to Oxford the following Sunday). Postgrads and alumni don’t look away, see the bottom!
Many people have come to me in the last term suggesting that we make training camp into a bigger, whole club event, so you can be assured that great efforts of every member of the committee have gone and will go into making this the best training camp yet.
Price: this is as yet to be confirmed (wait for an email from me or Lawrence in the coming days) but should be around £80 or £90 with a deposit of roughly £20, Note this is a heavily subsidised by the club and the old members, so makes it a great value for money week!
Location (see link above): Carroty Wood is an outdoor activity centre. We will staying in the Woodpecker lodge, which is newly renovated and has a number of separate bedrooms with a majority of single beds! Included in the price is an instructed activity at the centre (rock-climbing, raft-building or alike, yet to be decided).
There are a variety of reasons as to why we have selected this centre:
  • Proximity – only a half an hour train journey from London, so should make it easy to get to for the vast majority.
  • Area – the centre is only a 5 minute drive from my house, so I have a vast knowledge of the surrounding area with some really lovely runs. This also means that it will be easy to organise activities outside of the running, with a lot going on. In addition, a lucky few of you may get to experience the Howard hospitality experience!
  • Wimbledon common – subject to confirmation, it looks a good possibility that we will be able to get a short train to London to run the Varsity XC course with the help of Thames Hare and Hounds, which is only a short train journey away.
Included in the price we also hope to provide minibus hire.
Postgrads: training camp has been specifically designed to encourage postgrads to come (being held over a weekend), we may also be able to provide a reduced price if you can’t make every day (to be confirmed), for particular circumstances then just contact me!
Alumni: we will more than welcome alumni onto the trip (especially those leaving in the last couple of years), though you won’t unfortunately have the subsidised price and should we reach capacity then we will place preference on current members, again contact me for more specific details/queries.
There has been great enthusiasm for training camp this past term, and I know it will be a great week, so don’t miss out!
Should you be interested in coming on training camp, EMAIL alexander.howard@chch.ox.ac.uk

Past Socials

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A crewdate took place last term. Which was fun.

A crewdate took place the term before. That was also fun.

A pub crawl happened before that. That even led to a house party for some. Which was fun.

Future socials will take undoubtedly place in the VIP area of Park End with our Captain Alex Howard, as well as a few crewdates, and probably some “lads lunches” and “women’s coffee-times”.

Any questions about the social activities of the club, contact our social sec: archie.jones@hertford.ox.ac.uk

Athletics Varsity 2014

For some of the cross country club, the track season is the dessert to the main course of cross country. It’s the treat.

And Varsity Athletics 2014 certainly was a treat. The Men’s Blues team took the match against a very strong (and confident) Cambridge Blues team, whilst the Mens Seconds narrowly lost a close-fought contest. The Women’s Blues and Seconds both lost, but not without valiant performances in the long distance events.

Starting with the Women’s, Rose Penfold and Sarah McCuaig ran away (quite literally) with the points in the 800m race, with quality performances. Both doubled up in the Mile too, coming away with 2nd and 3rd. The contribution to the team from both runners cannot be underestimated on a hot and punishing day at the track. Kate Neihaus and Emma Hodson gave it everything in the 5000m, but Cambridge’s strength in this area shone through giving them 1st and 2nd.

In the Men’s, OUCCC’s hero Tom Frith showed the adoring masses that he’s still got it. Knicknamed “The Donkey” due to his famed kick*, he took the 800m title (again) in a race controlled by Fresher Will Durkin from the gun. A valiant performance from Cambridge’s Lloyd Hilton gave Cambridge 2nd. Alex Howard showed that “you can’t win anything with kids” was just as wrong in 1998 as it is now (quote Alan Hansen, on Match of the Day) with a win in the 3k Steeple. Big things expected from this boy. In the Mile and 5000, Cambridge’s Matt Leach showed his quality with a Double win. Fresher William Christofi performed valiantly to finish strongly in 2nd in the Mile. Chris Phillips-Hart gave Cambridge a scare in the 5k, but it unfortunately a Cambridge 1, 2 meant that the Light Blues edged the distance events by one point. Far from “embarrassing”, but not a win. Looking forward to next year. *not actually one of Tom’s knicknames

In terms of the Men’s and Women’s Seconds, special commendations go to Jamie Parkinson, winning the 5k in 15.18. Unfortunately for Jamie (and Cambridge), a cross country season beckons for him. Aidan Smith and James Taylor secured the 1,2 in the 3k Steeple, whilst Katie Hickson’s won in the Mile was the stand out performance for the Women’s Seconds.

One last mention must go to Cambridge’s Paul Hodgson, helping Oxford Blues’ steeple chaser Tom Quirk across the line in their race following Tom’s sustaining of a bad foot injury. There’s the good and the great. The good win their races. The great give even more than that.

Onto the next Varsity match.