It has been another amazing year for the Oxford University Triathlon Club. Membership continues to thrive – there are currently over 70 members of OUTriC ranging from novices to national level athletes. A key highlight was the promotion of the Men’s team to Discretionary Full Blue status, and it is hoped that the Women’s team will follow suit in 2008/09. Building on the strengths of last season, Oxford continued to have excellent representation at national events: the club had 13 entrants for the (pilot) BUSA Duathlon in November; 20 entrants for the BUSA Sprint Triathlon in May; and 43 entrants for the Varsity Triathlon in June.
OUTriC posted some impressive results at the BUSA Duathlon, including a first place finish by Katy Moore in the women’s division. At the BUSA Sprint Triathlon a team of our fastest two men and women on the day placed 4^th overall, an excellent performance considering Oxford comfortably beat Cambridge and were the fastest team not to receive external funding as a centre of sporting excellence.
The 2008 Varsity Triathlon was again held in the grounds of the beautiful Blenheim Palace. OUTriC were confident that we had the strength and the depth to contend for both trophies this year. As in 2007, the Oxford women were unstoppable and retained the women’s trophy by a comfortable margin. The Oxford men pushed themselves to their personal limits but came up short against an exceptionally strong Cambridge team, whose results were buoyed by the performance of one elite national triathlete.
OUTriC looks forward to further impressive results during the summer racing season, including the inaugural BUSA Olympic Triathlon on 13th July 2008.