Oxford University Athletic Club

History of the Club


The Great C.B. Fry

OUAC has a long and proud history, which in large part constitutes the history of modern athletics itself. We are very fortunate that one of the club’s longest serving coaches and vice-president, Graham Tanner, has documented our past. This is a captivating work of scholarship, which we hope is of inspiration to current and future members, a warm reminder for our alumni, and a fascinating read and resource for others interested in athletics.

Graham first assembled a short history of the club in the early 1990s. In 2002, he extended the piece before passing it to Laurence Chandy and Michael Rush, OUAC club presidents, who enlarged it still further, as well as supplementing it with never before seen illustrations. In 2010, Simon Molden – President of the OUCCC Old Gits – further added to the history, to include more information on the dates of the club’s founding, and also to add an appendix listing all the VM and FEAR results

The History is broken into nine sections, with a separate section at the end on coaching. You can click on any of the below headings to commence reading a particular period. The headings are not an exclusive guide to the contents of the document, but an indication of who and what falls for general discussion.

  1.  In the Beginning
  2. The First Inter-‘Varsity Sports
  3. The Queen’s Club Years
  4. The First International Match
  5. Chariots of Fire
  6. “Come on Jack!”
  7. 3 minutes, 59.4 seconds
  8. The End of the Golden Era?
  9. OUAC Today

Any suggestions or new material is welcomed. Please contact the President if you can help in any way, or have any other enquiries on the matter.

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