Hundreds are expected to ascend (and then descend) on South Parks for the first major sporting event of the University of Oxford Sporting Calendar – Cross Country Cuppers.
Every finisher gains points for their college, so make sure you come down and score points for your college.
The sharp end of the race has been blown wide open, with last year’s first 4 finishers all absent. The 2016 Champion (William Christofi) and runner up (Luke Cotter) are still coming back from long term injuries. While 3rd place (Luuk Metselaar) is recovering from his 2:22:08 marathon in the Dutch National Marathon Championships (where he also came 3rd place). 4th place Jamie Parkinson has gone missing (well hopefully not).
Here’s the latest odds from the Bookies:
1/3 – Jack Millar.
The newcomer surely starts as favorite after showing his blistering form at the National Road Relays, running the 21st quickest leg. However, rumors are circulating he’s still struggling with a cold.
3/4 – Dan Mulryan.
Always peaks for Cuppers. Will his lucky 3/4 tights make a come back? We hope not.
7/2 – Alex Gruen.
By the far at best at handling the lactic out of this bunch. But can he do it 6 times up South parks?
6/1 – Oliver Paulin.
Going quite well. He’s absolutely buzzing about all the injuries to those usually ahead. Will he take his chance?
6/1 – Miles Chandler.
Also going quite well. Will South parks be able to separate him and his Bristol Bestie, or will he be able to hang on?
7/1 – Alex Bampton.
Only been in the club a few weeks and already making a huge impact. Unlike Paulin he actually causes the injuries. I’m not sure how taking out the shot-putting OUAC men’s Captain will help his chances though.
8/1 – Liam Smith.
Bit of an unknown. Just coming back from injury but smashing the sessions. Will it convert?
30/2 – Noah Hurton.
Made huge progress over the Summer and loves this hills.
100/1 – Miles Weatherseed.
Probably won’t feature, but he asked to get a mention.
1000/1 – Eoghan Totten.
Smashes 125 miles a week and runs half marathons in 67 minutes for fun, but isn’t racing because it’s ‘too hard’. This is England and this is proper Cross Country.
3/1 – Miles Weatherseed to not finish the race.
1/1 – Runners not getting lost.
If you have any bets please e-mail the treasurer, Luuk Metselaar (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Subject to technical capabilities the event may or may not be live streamed on Facebook.