Pre-Season Training Camp 2016

Goblin Combe, Cleeve was this year’s setting for our annual pre-season training camp, which as usual provided an opportunity to not only get our Varsity campaign underway with some quality training, but also to build team spirit, select suitable nick-names for innocent freshers (DBJ), and introduce some new crew-date rules. Drop snake.

We arrived on Friday afternoon, unpacked an entire Tesco van of food and then headed out to stretch our legs with an orienteering session in the local area. The evening was filled with introductions, general chatter and card games, plus an emergency trip to ASDA for missing dinner ingredients. Tinned tomatoes and navigational mishaps aside, it was a successful first day and everybody seemed to be getting along well. There was some concern for Luke Cotter’s health after he had earlier initiated a mass washing up session completely voluntarily, but probably even greater concern for the health of Miles Chandler’s car, due to the rather inconsiderately steep hill that we were staying atop.

On Saturday morning we travelled to Ashton Court for a tough interval session on hilly terrain. Everyone worked hard and it was great to hear lots of encouragement being passed around within the group. The rest of the day was filled mostly with ‘I’ve just found out I have Michaelmas collections’ revision and a hotly contested game of rounders in which Alex Howard complained approximately once per minute that his team were being unfairly treated. Saturday evening’s entertainment was the greatly anticipated Quiztofi’s Quiz, a masterpiece by the legend himself including a round devoted entirely to matching up athletes with their English Schools finishing positions some four or five years ago. With exhausted minds we all slept well and woke up full of energy for Sunday morning’s long run. Maps were studied and landmarks memorised, but with team orienteers Jamie and Aidan both absent, success was looking unlikely. Nevertheless all athletes returned in one piece to be greeted by a calf strengthening workshop from Lesley and, thanks to Laura’s injured ankle, a spotlessly clean kitchen. The evening meal at local pub, The Star, provided great entertainment and food for all. Much to Christofi’s dismay it also provided alcohol, something that a few members of the group indulged in to a greater extent than others. Despite a late night for some, everyone was up and ready to run on Monday morning with the sound of ‘Libby Libby’ still ringing in most people’s ears. Circuits and a second run were followed in the evening by perhaps the most repetitive game of ‘fish-bowl’ to have ever been played. Fortunately CSS was on hand to break up the monotony of ‘Paget’ and ‘DJ’ references with his unique and rather confusing entry, ‘do a legless pig’.

All too soon Tuesday came around and it was time for the final session – some flat grass at long last as we ventured down the hill to the village cricket pitch. Now a training camp classic, the 1/2/3/4/5/4/3/2/1 set went down a treat despite the rain. Throughout the afternoon numbers gradually decreased as amidst the packing, cleaning and eating all of the leftover food we one by one departed for the station and headed home. Thanks must go to everyone who came along and made it such a fantastic trip, but particularly to Miles for organising what can only be described as a highly enjoyable five days of miles, Miles, maids, maps, massage and merriment. We look forward to welcoming more freshers into the OUCCC community over the coming weeks. Until next time, drop bear.

Laura Fenwick, Lady Margaret Hall

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FRESHERS 2015

**FRESHERS’ RUN**

OUCCC’s annual freshers’ run takes place THIS Sunday 11th October! Meet at the Radcliffe Camera at 4pm. Run around 3-4miles with some new friends. We’ll show you where to go. Bust that bop hangover. Go as quick or as slow as you want to. No-one will be left behind. Honestly. Do it on a space hopper if you’re into that. Alternatively try and run off the front. That’s cool too. Someone will chase you. Afterwards there is free tea in Hertford College (right next door). Not just as in the drink. Food too. Snacks. Sandwiches. Running chat. Meet the committee and signficant Oxford runners. Meet Miles. Meet Miles. Meet Miles. Meet the love of your life. Meet Ben Gibbon’s attempts at triple lycra. Talk to Brittney about US gun laws. Cancel your holiday to America. Meet Alex Howard’s sense of tact. It will be fun. There will be excitement. There may be adventure. There could be really wild things. Welcome to OUCCC.

WELCOME

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).

**UPDATE** This happened. It was fun. We laughed. We cried. Alex didn’t complain too much about hills. Luke’s car was a (barely) driving continual amusement. Archie continued his progress towards middle age. There were Miles, Miles, miles, massage, brownies, beers, plastic beds, freshers, beaches. There was laughter. There was a proposal. There was a terrifying gun control discussion. There was foam rolling. We went running. We did some of it quite quickly. The Varsity campaign is underway. It’s coming home.

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).

FRESHERS’ FAIR

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.

ANY QUESTIONS?

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!