Welcome to Oxford University Cross-Country Club, one of the University’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 terms we focus on cross-country, while in Trinity Term we join with our sister club, Oxford University Athletics Club (OUAC) and compete on the track. Highlights of the club year include our Varsity Match against Cambridge, BUCS (British University and College Sports) Cross-Country Championships and inter-university relays. These fixtures are open to all, whether you are aiming for a Full Blue or a fun day out. Beating the Tabs (Cambridge) remains the absolute priority for all events.
OUCCC is proudly sponsored by Neptune Investment Management.
During the Long Vacation, OUCCC members have been running in all sorts of wonderful and strange places in preparation for the upcoming cross-country season. Here is a selection of photos from their adventures…
Rachel Skokowski, USA
James Sewry, Annapolis, MD, USA
Bethanie Murray, Mt. Snowdon, Wales
Rachel Skokowski, USA
OUCCC group training run
It’s been another great week for OUCCC both on the road and track with the annual Town and Gown 10k race on Sunday 15 May and the Town vs. Gown Athletics Match on Wednesday 18 May. Starting with the 10k, many of our runners took to the streets of Oxford for the 35th staging of this popular event. Luuk Metselaar flew round the scenic course, winning in a time of 31:33, 46 seconds clear of the second-placed runner, and making it a ‘Gown’ victory for the second year in a row. Oliver Paulin also had a great race, finishing 18th in 35:19. On the girls’ side, Bethanie Murray was the fourth senior woman home in an impressive personal-best time of 38:42.
Three days later Bethanie Murray was back racing in the Town vs. Gown Athletics Match, where she conclusively won the women’s 5000m in 17:32, smashing the Full Blue time in the process. This was Bethanie’s fourth 5000m PB on the track in the short space of three weeks. After a brilliant cross-country season, she’s now dominating the distance races on the track too. Niki Faulkner claimed a decisive victory in the men’s 5000m, achieving a huge PB of 15:54. And the victories did not stop there: Tom Binnie was rewarded for his win in the Mile with a very nice trophy. It’s proving to be an extremely successful summer season for OUCCC and the best bit is that there’s still lots more left to come!
Helene Greenwood, OUCCC Women’s Captain 2016-17, University College
Full results of the Town and Gown 10k here. Full results of the Town vs. Gown Athletics Match here.
This report can be accessed as a Word document here.
The date and venue of the 2016 Pre-Season Training Camp have been released! More details can be found here.