For details of upcoming races see the calendar

For reports and results of recent races see results

For earlier races see the calendar archive


Icenian Trophy

The Icenian is CUOC's annual public race. It is held in various parts of Thetford Forest at the end of January every second year, and in the gaps it becomes the Cambridge City Race, a challenging urban race around the streets and colleges of Cambridge.

Historically, the first Icenian Badge race was held on 16th November 1975, and the title has been given to CUOC's annual main open race ever since. The race was moved to its current location at the end of January in 1991. More recently (in 1999 for the first time), CUOC started co-organising a biannual Thetford Thrash weekend of two badge races with the local open club, WAOC.

The Icenian Trophy itself is a team competition, which has been won by a large number of local and not-so-local clubs over the last 30 years.


Varsity Match

The Varsity Match is the annual race where CUOC take on their Oxford rivals, OUOC, in an orienteering equivalent of the boat race if you like! Every three years it is held abroad - 2008 was Sweden and 2011 was Czech Republic. The VM is one of the highlights of the club calendar and all results from years dating back to 1972 are available.

The varsity match also has official rules


Relay handover at BUCS 2011

BUCS is the annual inter-university competition. It is usually held in spring and consists of an individual day and a relay day. CUOC were 3rd in 2007 and 4th in 2008-2011.


The JK is Britain's biggest orienteering race attracting up to 4000 competitors each year over the Easter weekend. In 2011, the race was in Northern Ireland.

On the Friday there is a Sprint race: a relatively new discipline which aims to make the sport more exciting and spectator friendly. This is followed by two forest races over the weekend, with a relay to finish off on Easter Monday.

The race is open to all, with separate courses for Men, Women and Juniors and a string course for the very young (they literally follow the string round but still get a map!).


Cuppers is the intercollegiate competition organised by CUOC for members of Cambridge University, in the same way as Cuppers competitions for other University sports. To have a competitive team, you will need to find three willing runners from your college (which will include at least one man and at least one woman/veteran). However, you will also be eligible for the individual trophies, so definitely worth coming along! Usually Cuppers is held in an area very close to Cambridge to encourage as many competitors as possible!

Days Out

Local race

As a club, we often attend races organised by local orienteering clubs in the vicinity of Cambridge. We venture out in the morning by car to these areas and the trip normally returns early afternoon after some good runs in the forest. We normally try and get lifts from the local club WAOC.

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