According to the club constitution, OUOC exists to 'further the sport of orienteering within Oxford University' but more importantly it is about having fun. A usual term consists of a mixture of training (from short runs for the unfit to longer ones forthe elite), orienteering events and socials. Our membership fluctuates aroundabout 30 people which means the club is very friendly.
Almost every Sunday we hire a minibus and go to an orienteering event. We try to have a reasonable mix of local colour-coded events ('District events') with Regional and National events further afield. Some of the other features of the OUOC calendar are listed below. There is an annual subscription of £20 for one year or £50 for three but you will only have to pay this after attending a few events and deciding you want to do more.
In first week of Michaelmas term we hold a low key event to introduce beginners to the sport. This event has recently been held on our University Parks map using the Permanent Orienteering Course. There is also a free Freshers' Drinks event one evening in this week to allow prospective members to meet the committee and find out more about the club.
Once every few year the club holds an event. This makes the club some money and raises our profile within the orienteering community. Being only a small club everyone is need to help run this event. In 2006, 2007 and 2012 we organised the famous Oxford City Race. In 2004, 2009 and 2018 we hosted the BUCS Championships.
Come and represent your college at orienteering. Cuppers are usually held towards the start of Trinity Term, and there are prizes for both individuals and college teams of three. Anyone can compete, so get as many of your friends to turn out as possible.
The Annual Dinner takes place at the beginning of Trinity Term (late April).
The venue and formality can vary from Colleges to local restaurants.
The dinner sees the handing over of the Diced Carrot award to the person who has done the most chundering over the past year!
Your chance as a member of the club to exercise your vote for the new committee or alternatively to put in lots of silly motions. The AGM is constitutionally held near the start of Trinity Term.
Orienteering is a half blue sport within the University (with discretionary full blues) and once a year we meet up with Cambridge for the Varsity Match. The organisation of the event alternates between Oxford and Cambridge with JOK organising the event on behalf of OUOC. Every few year the Varsity Match is heald aboard The 2020 match is set to be hostsed by JOK in Sweden; but usually we compete in a top area in Britain. The match itself is held on the Saturday followed by a social in the evening. The Sunday heralds a fun relay/hangover cure with mixed Oxford-Cambridge teams.
Cambridge University Orienteering Club organise this event consisting of two rounds. In the first round everyone starts at the same time, running round two short loops. On the basis of your postition in this you will end up in the A or B final, again with a mass start for each. There are separate races for men and women.