The Cambridge University Athletics Club is the world's oldest athletics club. For over 160 years, training with CUAC has been a vital part of life for many studying at the University as Cambridge. This continues today, as the CUAC family welcomes and supports its members to become the very best athletes they can be, in a friendly and lively community. CUAC is one of the University's largest sporting societies, and we pride ourselves on the diversity of athletes who constitute the club.
The best of CUAC clashes with the best of OUAC (Oxford University Athletic Club). This is a match for honour and occurs every annually, Easter term, alternating location between Iffley Road, Oxford and Wilberforce Road, Cambridge.
We field four teams, men's and women's Blues and men's and women's 2nd's, with two people competing for each team in each event. In total, this means that we usually have over 100 athletes coming for Cambridge in the Varsity Match!
After the bitter battle that is Varsity, Cambridge and Oxford athletes put their differences aside and team up to take on America. The best from both universities combine to form the Achilles team.
The first match in the series took place over 100 years ago, making the Transatlantic Series the oldest international athletics match in the world (it even pre-dates the modern Olympics!).
The series operates on a four yearly cycle:
2020 - Break for the Olympics
2021 - Achilles Tour to the US. Matches against H&Y and P&C.
2022 - Achilles vs Harvard & Yale at Iffley Road, Oxford
2023 - Achilles vs Penn & Cornell at Wilberforce Road, Cambridge
Train hard, play harder
CUAC has a fantastic reputation as having an awesome social scene. Highlights of the calendar include the ludicrously fun Alverstone’s Cocktails, CUAC Christmas Dinner, Annual Dinner, Warm-Weather Training (usually in Tenerife), Varsity Dinner and various garden parties throughout Easter Term and May Week.