Blues Varsity Matches

The annual Varsity Match against Cambridge is divided into two days of events at the end of Michaelmas Term:

  • II-IV’s Varsity on Saturday of 7th Week
  • Blues’ Varsity on Saturday of 8th Week (Old Gits (Alumni) Race is also held on this day)

The Blues’ Match is held on Wimbledon Common, which provides mud, flat paths, the water splash and the ‘Butts’, while the II-IV’s Match venue alternates between Oxford and Cambridge.

The 2023 II-IV’s Varsity Cross-Country races took place at St Neots on Sunday 26th November. Cambridge won Men's IIs and Men's Mob, and Oxford won Women's IIs, Women's Mob and Men's IIIs, leaving the dark blues leading the series 3-2, heading into the Blues Varsity races on Saturday 2nd December. Here the Cambridge men won in a very tight race, however the Oxford women were too strong for Cambridge and came away victorious. The Cambridge Old Gits turned out a strong team leading to a Cambridge win, with Jack Millar (Ox.) taking a wrong turn and gifting the individual win to Josh Carr (Cam.). Oxford won overall 4-3 in the 2023 Varsity Cross-Country Series.

University Race Results Summary

 

  Oxford Wins Cambridge Wins

Gentlemen's Race

(since 1880)

65 67

Ladies' Race

(since 1976)

27 20

Old Blue's Race

(since 1990)

18 13

 

 

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Progression of the Gentlemen’s University Race Series

 

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Progression of the Ladies' University Race Series


 

The Blues' Varsity Cross Country Races 2023

133rd Gentlemen's Race, 48th Ladies' Race and 32nd Old Blues' Race

Thames Hare and Hounds’ Headquarters, Memorial Playing Fields, Wimbledon Common, SW15 3PQ

The 2024 Varsity Cross-Country Races will be held on Saturday 7th December, further details can be found on the event website and to stay up to date with all the latest Varsity Cross Country developments please visit the twitter @OxCamXC:

Order of Events

1:00 p.m. 32nd Old Blues’ Race (4 miles) (Mob Match, all alumni welcome)

2:00 p.m. 48th Ladies’ Race (4 miles) (Eight-a-side, six-to-score)

2:45 p.m. 133rd Gentlemen’s Race (7½ miles) (Eight-a-side, six-to-score)

Results

The results from the 2023 Blues' Varsity Matches can be found here:

RESULTS

 

The full set of results from all the previous editions of the Blues Varsity Cross-Country Races can be found here:

HISTORICAL RESULTS

Race report

A race report from last years Blues' Varsity Cross Country can be found here:

RACE REPORTS

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Course Map

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Map of the courses. Ladies’ and Old Blues' course is: Start - A – B – C – D – E – J – K – L – Finish. Gentlemen’s course is: Start – A – B – C – D – E – F – G – H – I – D – E – J – K – L – Finish.

 

Rules

In the Blues’ Match, both the men’s and women’s teams are composed of eight runners (six to score).

The Old Blues' Race is run as a ‘Mob Match’, with the number of scorers for each team being equal to the size of the smallest team. Anyone (alumni, current students, family/friends of students/alumni) is welcome to run in the race, however, only people who have graduated from either university will be counted as scorers. Those who have graduated from both universities are able to nominate who they run for.

Footage from previous events

 

Historic Results

 Year   Date   Venue   Result   Victor   Mob   Individual Winner   College   University   Time   Distance   Running score 
 1990   Saturday, 1st December   Roehampton   37-40   Oxford   6   R.D.Nerurkar   University   Oxford   30:49   6 miles   1-0 
 1991   Saturday, 7th December   Roehampton   48-62   Cambridge   7   A.N.J.Robinson   Balliol   Oxford   23:19   4½ miles   1-1 
 1992   Saturday, 5th December   Roehampton   407-415   Cambridge   20   S.C.Nash   St. Catharine's   Cambridge   20:17   3⅘ miles   1-2 
 1993   Saturday, 4th December   Roehampton   96-172   Oxford   11   R.D.Nerurkar   University   Oxford   19:51   3⅘ miles   2-2 
 1994   Saturday, 3rd December   Roehampton   116-241   Cambridge   13   D.A.Bond   Churchill   Cambridge   17:36   3⅘ miles   2-3 
 1995   Saturday, 2nd December   Roehampton   23-34   Cambridge   5   A.J.Barber   Gonville and Caius   Cambridge   17:36   3⅖ miles   2-4 
 1996   Saturday, 7th December   Roehampton   127-127   Oxford   11   J.W.Herries   Selwyn   Cambridge   17:53   3⅖ miles   3-4 
 1997   Saturday, 6th December   Roehampton   45-92   Oxford   7   R.D.Nerurkar   University   Oxford   17:53   3⅖ miles   4-4 
 1998   Saturday, 5th December       No race              
1999 Saturday, 4th December     No race              
2000 Saturday, 2nd December Roehampton 81-131 Cambridge 10 D.E.Naylor Peterhouse Cambridge 20:55 4 miles 4-5
2001 Saturday, 1st December Roehampton 39-66 Cambridge 7 D.E.Naylor Peterhouse Cambridge 20:32 4 miles 4-6
2002 Saturday, 7th December Roehampton 109-134 Cambridge 11 D.E.Naylor Peterhouse Cambridge 21:27 4 miles 4-7
2003 Saturday, 6th December Roehampton 32-46 Oxford 6 N.P.Talbot University Oxford 20:05 4 miles 5-7
2004 Saturday, 4th December Roehampton 90-120 Oxford 10 N.P.Talbot University Oxford 21:03 4 miles 6-7
2005 Saturday, 3rd December Roehampton 137-166 Cambridge 12 D.A.Talbot Darwin Cambridge 21:51 4 miles 6-8
2006 Saturday, 2nd December Roehampton 312-354 Oxford 18 D.A.Talbot Darwin Cambridge 21:10 4 miles 7-8
2007 Saturday, 1st December Roehampton 97-114 Oxford 10 M.J.Bishop St. Hugh's Oxford      
              New College Oxford      
              St. Catherine's Oxford 21:38 4 miles 8-8
2008 Saturday, 6th December Roehampton 38-40 Oxford 6 A.D.Hennessy New College Oxford 21:10 4 miles 9-8
2009 Saturday, 5th December Roehampton 98-165 Oxford 11 I.D.Kimpton Lincoln Oxford 21:33 4 miles 10-8
2010 Saturday, 4th December Roehampton 162-244 Oxford 14 B.Moreau Lady Margaret Hall Oxford      
              Wadham Oxford 21:00 4 miles 11-8
2011 Saturday, 3rd December Roehampton 48-181 Oxford 9 D.J.Bruce Lady Margaret Hall Oxford      
              Green Templeton Oxford 20:36 4 miles 12-8
2012 Saturday, 1st December Roehampton 96-246 Oxford 12 F.K.Thompson Wolfson Oxford      
              Pembroke Oxford 21:07 4 miles 13-8
2013 Saturday, 7th December Roehampton 122-186 Oxford 12 D.J.Bruce Lady Margaret Hall Oxford      
              Green Templeton Oxford 20:20 4 miles 14-8
2014 Saturday, 6th December Roehampton 220-247 Cambridge 15 M.R.Leach Churchill Cambridge 21:29 4 miles 14-9
2015 Saturday, 5th December Roehampton 223-291 Oxford 14 W.J.Mackay Robinson Cambridge 20:52 4 miles 15-9
2016 Saturday, 3rd December Roehampton 114-192 Cambridge 12 T.D.Frith St. Anne's Oxford 20:24 4 miles 15-10
2017 Saturday, 2nd December Roehampton 123-183 Cambridge 12 A.M.Short Robinson Cambridge 21:01 4 miles 15-11
2018 Saturday, 1st December Roehampton 103-168 Cambridge 11 M.H.Chandler Lady Margaret Hall Oxford 21:36 4 miles 15-12
2019 Saturday, 7th December Roehampton 180-186 Oxford 13 W.J.A.Christofi University Oxford 21:21 4 miles 16-12
2020       No race              
2021 Saturday, 4th December Roehampton 160-171 Oxford 12 J.M.Millar University Oxford 21:07 4 miles 17-12
2022 Saturday, 3rd December Roehampton 111-158 Oxford 11 J.M.Millar University Oxford 20:47 4 miles 18-12
2023 Saturday, 2nd December Roehampton 114-187 Cambridge 12 J.Carr Sidney Sussex Cambridge 22:11 4 miles 18-13