We are situated at the Horspath Athletics Track neighbouring the BMW MINI Factory (Directions
Juniors can start from the age 7, and are carefully guided through the basics of the sport until they are comfortable with the various disciplines they will encounter. Senior athletes are slotted into appropriate groups, depending on experience and ability. No athlete is rejected on the basis of ability. This club is committed to ensuring that equity is incorporated across all aspects of its development.
If you want to come along and train with the club then the training times are below. All training sessions are held at the Horspath Track. Please feel free to come along to one of our training evenings.
Your local athletics club caters for all standards of achievement and all branches of this sport including:
Track & Field, Sportshall, Cross Country, Road Running
All athletes from seven to a hundred+ are welcome to join the club, to train with us and to compete in the many and various leagues, team and individual competitions.
The current membership of the Club is just over 420.
Track and Field Athletics
Events take place mainly in the summer although small numbers take part in indoor competition in the winter. Some of our youngest members take part in Sportshall athletics in the winter. The Club has teams in a number of different leagues:
The club organises a successful series of Quadkids competitions for under 9s and under 11s which take place on Sunday mornings at the Horspath track. See our fixture list for the most up to date information about competitions this summer.
Southern Athletics League (2012 onwards).
The Southern Athletics League is the area track and field league for clubs in the SEAA region who wish to compete in joint (male & female) teams.
The Wessex League
We have a team in this league with four fixtures providing competition for quad kids, U11 to U17 Boys, U11 to U17 Girls.
Oxfordshire Junior League
County run league with three fixtures, providing competition for U9 to U17/U20 Male & Female.
National Youth Development League
Junior athletes in the under 17 and under 20 age categories compete for a composite Oxfordshire Team ("Team Oxfordshire") in the National Youth Development League. The team is currently in the Southern Division and competes at venues across the South and South East.
Southern Masters League
Western Division. Providing good track and field competition on Monday evenings (four matches) for M40, M50 and M60 age groups, including guest places for those who don’t make the team. The men have won this league many times in the past 20 years and have therefore gone forward to the League Winners Final in September which we have also won on several occasions. Many of our veteran athletes also regularly go on to compete and win medals in area and national championships.
Road races take place throughout the year, catering mainly for senior and veteran, men and women. Large numbers of OCAC athletes attend events in this area and teams are entered in many races and relay events. The club competes in most of the major Road Relay events, often also entering ‘B’ and ‘C’ teams to cater for all standards, and the veteran teams in particular have been very successful at National level over the past 16 years. The Club has a large section of veteran athletes (Women over 35 and Men over 40). The Club organises one major road race each year:
The Hanney 5 The race is held over a rural course which is a well marshalled easy to follow single lap of five miles finishing on the sports field behind the Village Hall.
Cross Country Running
Cross country races normally take place in the winter, catering for all age groups, male and female. The Club competes in the following leagues:
Oxford Mail League
This has five races each winter for under 11, under 13, under 15, under 17 boys, senior men, veteran men, under 11, under 13, under 15, under 17 girls and senior women.
The Chiltern League:
This league has five races each winter for under 11, under 13, under 15, under 17 boys, senior men, veteran men, under 11, under 13, under 15, under 17 girls and senior women. OCAC is currently in Division 1.
The Club sends teams to a variety of open cross country races, and to the County, Southern and National Cross Country Championships at both senior and masters level. The masters have several athletes who regularly get International selection.
Coaching and Officials
The Club has access to a range of qualified coaches, covering most athletic events. All coaches offer their services without charge. All junior athletes under seventeen years of age must be registered with a coach. The Club has a small but dedicated band of qualified officials, including timekeepers, track judges, field events judges and starters, who ensure that all athletics meetings run smoothly and efficiently.
The Club is managed by a Committee of approximately 12 members including athletes, coaches, officials and parents.
Any member or family member who wishes to become a qualified coach or official is required to attend courses. The Club will pay the fees for these courses, provided that members have been with the Club for at least six months and that they will use their qualification for the benefit of the Club. Any member, or prospective member, who wishes to become qualified should contact the Secretary, Jason Crowther.
For all disciplines, including road and cross country running, the main training times at Horspath Athletics Track are
JUNIORS: Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6:30 - 8pm
SENIORS;Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30 - 8pm. Cross country training also takes place on Sunday mornings from 10:00 - 11:30.
The Club subscription year is from March to February. New members, joining after 30 September, will pay a reduced amount. Prospective members are allowed four weeks to decide whether to join before the membership fees become payable.
The subscription rates for 2013/14 are:
- Senior and under 20: £45
- Junior and under 20 student rate: £35
- Family membership: £90 (minimum of 3 family members one of whom must be a junior or full time student with NUS card)
- Second claim member: £10
- Associate Members: £5 (open to those who are not athletically active)
- Junior membership includes a one off fee for Athletics 365 manual which the athlete and coach needs for training purposes
- In the case of hardship, applications (in confidence) can be addressed to the club Secretary, Jason Crowther.
Training fees are Junior members £2.50, Adult members £3.00, Non members Juniors £2.50 Adults £4.00 per session
Club vests can be purchased from Horspath Road Clubhouse on training nights.
For further details contact: Ian Warland ( Juniors ) 07732742212 Jason Crowther ( Secretary ) 07872507928 Richard Hart (Chairman) 07932 152413