2023 Oxford-Cambridge University Cross-Country Races

The honours were shared in the 2023 University Cross-Country Races, held in bitterly cold and damp conditions on Saturday 2nd December.

In the 47th Ladies’ Race, Oxford took full advantage of the Light Blues having lost two of their top runners to record a comfortable 32 points to 46 victory. Phoebe Barker (Robinson, Cambridge) took the individual honours in her final appearance in a fine time of 23:12, winning by over a minute from Elizabeth Apsley (St. Hilda’s, Oxford). Naomi Kingston (Queen’s, Oxford) completed the top three places with two further Dark Blues finishing before the next Cambridge runner. Oxford now lead the series by 27 wins to 20.

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2023 Oxford-Cambridge University Cross-Country Races

On Saturday 2nd December, Thames will once again be hosting the Oxford-Cambridge University Cross-Country Races, continuing a tradition that dates back to 1896.

Having won three of the four races since the Covid-19 break in 2020 and both races in 2019, Cambridge will be looking to extend their recent dominance into 2023 and the races offer two differing prospects.

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2022 Oxford-Cambridge University Cross Country Races Results

Cambridge carried off the honours in the two University Cross-Country Races, held over Thames’s courses on Wimbledon Common on Saturday 3rd November. In the 46th Ladies’ Race, the Light Blues lived up to their pre-race favourites tag by taking five of the first six places and winning by 29 points to 50. Niamh Bridson Hubbard … Read more

2022 Oxford-Cambridge University Cross-Country Races Preview

This Saturday (3rd December), Oxford University Cross-Country Club and Cambridge University Hare & Hounds will meet once again to continue a rivalry that stretches back to 1880. The races will be hosted again by Thames Hare and Hounds on Wimbledon Common. This year’s event will be extra special as it will also see the unveiling … Read more

Oxford vs Cambridge University Races

Honours were even in the 2021 Oxford-Cambridge University Races, hosted by Thames Hare and Hounds on Saturday 4th December. In the 45th Ladies’ Race, despite the Light Blues taking the first two places through Nancy Scott (Newnham) – repeating her 2018 success – and Niamh Bridson-Hubbard (Magdalene), excellent packing from Oxford, filling places 3, 4, … Read more

Oxford and Cambridge Virtual 5km Mob Match

In place of the traditional Varsity Match on the first Saturday of December, Thames hosted an Oxford vs Cambridge 5km Virtual Mob Match from 3rd-6th. Thirty-six alumni took part, 26 for the Dark Blues and 10 for the Light Blues. A number of contests were scored, each resulting in comfortable wins for Oxford:

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2020 Oxford-Cambridge Varsity Cross-Country Races

Sadly, due to the current social restrictions, we will not be able to host the Oxford-Cambridge Cross-Country Races on their traditional date of the first Saturday in December this year. This will be the first time since December 1944 that the event has not taken place in December. However, the good news is that provisionally, … Read more

John Bryant 1944-2020

Quite simply, John Bryant was one of the great Thames men, giving over 50 years of unstinting service to the club. He joined Thames in 1967 straight from Queen’s College, Oxford. While at Oxford, he competed in the Tortoises-Spartans (second team) cross-country race in 1964, 1965 and 1966, finishing 12th, 14th and 4th and being … Read more

2019 Oxford-Cambridge University Cross-Country Races

On Saturday 7th December, Cambridge took the honours in both the ladies’ and gentlemen’s races for the first time since 2013. In the 44th Ladies’ Race, the anticipated very close race materialised. The Light Blues had the power at the top end of the race with four of the first six home; however, Oxford’s greater strength-in-depth meant that they packed the middle order from seventh to 11th and the result was in doubt until the very end. In the end, it was Cambridge’s top-end strength that won the day and they narrowly squeezed home by 39 points to 41. This was the closest team result since 2000 when Oxford won by a point.

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Varsity Cross-Country Races Results

On Saturday December 1st, Thames hosted the 128th Gentlemen’s and 43rd Ladies’ Oxford-Cambridge Varsity Cross-Country Races. With the heavy rain of the previous week, the going was fairly heavy; however, all the teams seemed to cope with the conditions well.

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