The main aim of OUCCC is simple: to encourage and develop running at the highest level through competition and training.
In Michaelmas Term our main focus is the annual Oxford vs Cambridge Varsity Match. This is in fact seven Varsity Matches held over two weekends. Saturday of 7th Week is II’s-IV’s; this is where the men’s II, III and IV teams and women’s II and III teams race the light blues. The venue alternates between Oxford and Cambridge. The following week (Saturday of 8th Week) is the Blues Match, held each year on the ‘neutral territory’ of Wimbledon Common.
The team make-up is as follows. For the men there are eight people (six to score) in each of the Blues, II’s and III’s. For the women we select seven (five to score) for each of the Blues and II’s. The Men’s IV’s and Women’s III’s are a ‘mob match’, so anyone can compete! We are one of the few sports with a mob match, giving everyone the chance to compete in a Varsity Match and beat a few runners in minty green vests!
So, how do I get a place on one of these teams?! In Michaelmas Term the Club holds two selection races, usually Cuppers and one other race, often part of the Chiltern League. Teams will be selected based on the performances at both races.
In Hilary Term our main focus is BUCS, university relays and a selection of national races.
BUCS is effectively the university equivalent of the English Schools Cross-Country Championships, allowing universities the chance to compete against each other. The men have two races. The A race is a selected team of six (four to score) – the team will be selected based in performances in the Varsity Matches and over the Christmas Vacation. The B race is open to everyone, with the top four to score. The women have the same set up with an A and B race, but only four athletes in the A (3 to score). BUCS is a chance to put Oxford back onto the national athletics map. And beat the Tabs.
During the term we also take part in various university relays. The highlight of these is our own Teddy Hall Relays, in which as well as a university team, athletes can compete for their college, subject department or boat club.
Finally, the Club will send many runners to national races such as the National Cross-Country Championships and the Cross-Country Inter-Counties Championships.
We also have our annual black tie dinner towards the end of Hilary. This evening is always a highlight of the year.
In Trinity Term, we join with sister club, OUAC, with most of our runners competing over 800m, 1500m, 5000m and steeplechase. The highlights of the term are BUCS Athletics Championships and the Athletics Varsity Match.