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]).
Welcome to all new Oxford freshers from OUCCC!!! If you’re getting sick of waiting for results, already have an unconditional offer, are just backing yourself (legend) or want something to distract you before that fateful day, the OUCCC website was built for moments such as these. Details of how to get in touch with, or get involved with, the club are below, and will be updated as Freshers’ Week draws closer. Most importantly, since you’re the sort of person who is reading the OUCCC website before arriving at Oxford, you are definitely the sort of person who would enjoy our pre-season Training Camp (details below).
TRAINING CAMP!!! Each year OUCCC head on a pre-season training camp before the start of term to get reacquainted with the miles, Miles, hills, and each other. Freshers, no matter what your running background, are very welcome. It’s a fantastic way to get to know people in the club and we have a great mix of guys and girls old and new to OUCCC already signed up. There’s no expectation of fitness, if you want to come mainly for the social side that is also more than fine! Headline details: 27th Sep-1st Oct (come for all or part), Rydal Hall in the Lake District (nearest station Windermere, but lots of cars going from all over the UK so very likely you can get a lift). More info on training camp can be found here. We are already VERY close to capacity for this year, but we understand you might want to wait for results before committing, so if you’re at all interested in coming along please do get in touch with Club Captain Beth Murray ASAP (bethanie.murray ‘at’ jesus.ox.ac.uk).
We will have a stall at OUSU Freshers’ Fair. You can find out more about the club, make friends, and collect flyers for scrap paper there.
Get in touch with either of the the captains: Bethanie Murray (Women’s) (bethanie.murray ‘at’ jesus.ox.ac.uk) or Aidan Smith (Men’s) (aidan.smith ‘at’ sjc.ox.ac.uk) with any queries whatsoever!
More items to follow soon, including Fresher’s Run and BBQ (come on training camp in the meantime if you’re desperate for, or even at least mildly indifferent to, more OUCCC ‘fun’)
The 2015 Iffley Festival of Miles and Oxford BMC Grand Prix were hosted by OUCCC on Saturday 18th July at Iffley Road. They were successful. Results can be found here for BMC, here for the open races, and (free, don’t worry) on demand video coverage of the BMC Grand Prix can be found here. Report hopefully to follow.
Entries for the 2015 Iffley Festival of Miles and Oxford BMC Grand Prix are now open! Further details can be found here.
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…