The British Universities and Colleges Sports Championships (BUCS) are an opportunity for our athletes to pit themselves against the best student-athletes in the country. There are two events each year - the Indoor and Outdoor BUCS Athletics Championships. Along with our matches against Cambridge, these are the biggest fixtures OUAC competes in.
The Indoor Championships take place each year in Hilary term and Oxford athletes travel up to Sheffield for a long weekend of high quality competition. It’s a brilliant opportunity to gain championship racing experience and we often have a number of finalists and even medallists bringing back BUCS points for Oxford University.
In early May we take on the other universities once again at the Outdoor Championships. We can send at least two (and up to four) athletes per event and the competition typically runs for three days in Bedford. BUCS Outdoors is the first big test of the summer season for our members and there are always big performances. Reaching finals and winning medals is a statement to Cambridge of our strength going into Varsity later that month. This fixture is also currently used as our Varsity event for OUAC para-athletes aiming to become Full or Half Blues.