Cross-country is one of only fourteen Full Blue sports in the University and one that consistently maintains an extremely high standard of competition. Many of our athletes regularly compete at national, regional and county levels, with some of our best having run internationally. One does not have to look too far into the past to find some almost 'household' names of British running: Richard Nerurkar, Roger Bannister and Chris Chataway all spring to mind. Both the men's and women's side of the club contain current members with international experience.
However, OUCCC thrives on having a large membership: Whatever your standard, OUCCC will try to cater for you. The Club fields five men's teams and three ladies' teams against Cambridge in the December Varsity matches and consistently competes to a high standard in the British Universities' Cross-Country Championship (both men's and women's teams are regular medal contenders), but, in most fixtures, anyone who wants to compete can do so. It also has a number of guaranteed entries for the London Marathon, and we have had many strong runners in this event recently.
The Club has over 100 members which, supplemented by a similar number in our sister club, OUAC, means that cross-country is an excellent way of meeting and socialising with people from outside your college or course. Plenty of social events are on the cards, no doubt at great detriment to our running!
If you are interested in finding out a little more about the origins of one of the oldest cross-country clubs in the world, here is a brief history of OUCCC.