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]).
OUCCC County Updates (to be updated as results filter through the lonely Webmaster)
South-Wests, Bicton – OUCCC had a huge force on show at the SWs at hilly Bicton. Dan Mulyran and James Sewry competed admirably for Dorset in a combined Under 20 and Senior’s race over 9.1 hilly kms, whilst a slightly off-colour Miles fought hard a little way back in the field. One of his Bristol and West compadres, Will Christofi, performed superbly to finish in 5th position in the Seniors: it’s clear to see that this year should be a good one for the young pretender. His other Bristol and West teammate, Adam Speake, finished further back in (something like) 15th place. Meanwhile, legend has it that a certain Mr Jamie Parkinson had got lost on a run he’d started in Dartmoor and seen the signs for the race that morning. Sourcing running spikes (to which he’d only recently been introduced), Jamie became well-known during the race under his other name: “Who-on-earth-is-that”, sticking with the front runners, before unleashing a burst up one of the final hills to win the South West County champs. Well ran to everyone from the club, an excellent showing.
The Webmaster awaits further reports…
By our reckoning, Miles Hocking Chandler is the youngest person to be awarded a Full Blue this academic year (potentially the youngest current Oxford Blue). He is also the first Fresher of the 2014 intake to gain a Blue. Congratulations Miles!
(He is found below, on the left. Next to Miles.)
The seconds to fourths varsity match was a day filled with mixed emotions. On the individual side we had some amazing victories in all but one race however the team results didn’t go our way resulting in an overall 5-0 loss.
The day started off with the Women’s seconds with an Oxford team filled of newcomers to this race. Hannah Plaschkes stormed to a very convincing victory and was backed up in 3rd by Emma Hodson. Cambridge then packed in their next 4 runners which was enough for them to seal the team victory (however it has been noted that if Emma’s unborn child had been Oxford’s 3rd counter we would actually have taken the team win!).
The Men’s seconds race also saw a very impressive individual win for Oxford in the shape of Dan Mulryan who ran away from the Cambridge pack heading up the hill. Unfortunately he was the only Oxford runner to do so and the Cambridge team proved too strong for the injury and illness blighted Oxford seconds.
Louis Rawlings was a lonely Dark Blue vest amongst a sea of Cambridge runners in the Men’s 3rds race. Fortunately Captain Howard’s term spent persuading him that he did want to run further than 800m finally paid off and he secured yet another Oxford individual victory however, the rest of the team were too far off his pace and Cambridge took another team win.
The Women’s Mob match saw not only another Oxford individual winner but also dark blues in 2nd and 3rd positions thanks to Simone Paulson, Liv Faull and Ellie Swire. The rest of the women placed strongly behind but the mob match is notoriously hard to win away from home and even a new rule put in place to try and bring emphasis on the first 7 runners in each team couldn’t stop Cambridge really showing their depth and scraping another team win.
66 runners took to the start line in the Men’s mob match which saw a great 2nd place from mob match captain Niki Faulkner. This race was filled with lots of individual battles between runners from each side but as was the case in the Women’s mob, Cambridge had an impressive depth of runners who helped them to a convincing team victory.
Whilst the overall score was definitely disappointing to all those in dark blue most of our young teams will be back next year to take on the tabs again at our home course at Shotover. Inspired by our first men’s blues win since 2010 the Oxford team will be a force to be reckoned with.
Results: (or on Power of 10)
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Results for all three Varsity races at Wimbledon this year are packed into this one post… which is hot off the press (depending on the date on which you read this).