President's Welcome

 Welcome to the Oxford University Athletic Club website.


We’ve trained and competed under the banner of OUAC since 1860, giving us a strong claim to being the oldest athletics club in the world. Our home track at Iffley Road is the setting of Sir Roger Bannister’s historic sub four minute mile and over the years the club has produced many athletes who have gone on to compete on the World and Olympic stages.

Our club vision is one of the scholar athlete. We are students determined to be the best we can be both on the track and in our studies. As a team we come together to work towards our own goals and those of our club and take pride in competing in our dark blue vests.

OUAC caters for all levels of athletics and everyone is welcome to come and train with us at Iffley Road. We provide the training set-up and support necessary for all athletes, from beginners to those competing at the highest level. Regardless of your previous athletics experience, if you would like to get involved please do get in touch. We’d love you to join our team and be part of the next generation of Oxford athletes.

Our season is structured around the university year. We train year-round with an exceptional team of dedicated and friendly coaches. Our first big fixture is the Freshers’ Varsity Match - to be held this year at Wilberforce Road, Cambridge. After a winter of training we move into the indoor season, where the highlights are BUCS Indoor Championships and Varsity Field Events And Relays (FEAR).

Undeniably, the most important fixture of the year is our Varsity, which falls in Trinity term. In 2022 the 147th Varsity Match will be held at Iffley Road. This full day of competition is the pinnacle of Oxbridge athletics. It promises to be an incredibly exciting day and we hope to continue our domination against Cambridge.

Beyond high quality athletics training and competition, we have a huge amount to offer as a club - from a vibrant social scene to warm weather training in Portugal over Easter. Many members make long lasting friendships here and create memories that last a lifetime.

If you would like to find out more or are keen to get involved I would love to hear from you. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me or any other member of the club. OUAC has made my time at Oxford special and I hope we can play a part in making your time here special too.

Yours in Dark Blue,

Max Buckley

OUAC President 2021-22