The University of Manchester Athletics and Cross Country Club

UMACCC is the University of Manchester’s Athletics Union affiliated Athletics and Cross Country Club. Members can train with and compete for the club in a wide range of disciplines; from track and field, to cross country, road running and fell running. 

The main events of the year are the BUCS nationals for Cross Country, Indoor Athletics and Outdoor Athletics. As well as these key competitions, club members also compete in local league meets, and frequently attend weekends away to compete in events organised by other universities.

For many, the highlight of the racing calendar is the legendary Easter trip to the Isle of Man. Here is a link to previous reports so that you can get a feel for what it’s like.

Training is obviously an integral part of any athlete’s success and we hold regular, varied training sessions throughout the week.

We also attend South Manchester Parkrun most weeks!

Past vs Present Cross Country Race 2015

The People

We are a friendly bunch of sport lovers with a wide range of abilities; from national-level athletes to those who enjoy keeping fit with the occasional run and pretty much every level in-between! Members are free to take part in as many or as few races and training sessions as they like. We also hold regular, popular socials – a chance to unwind after all that training and to get to know the other club members new and old!


Membership is open to all students enrolled at The University of Manchester and costs £45 per year. With this, you will get free coaching, paid race entries and subsidised travel to competitions, as well England Athletics affiliation (if you so require) to compete for the club in events outside of the university calendar.

Dave Norman, the winner of the Greater Manchester Marathon 2012 (L) and Ron Hill


The club has a fine history of elite athletes in a wide number of disciplines. Notable Alumni include:

  • Cyril Holmes (British Olympian 1936, sprinter, English Rugby Union international)
  • Ron Unsworth (British Olympian 1948, 400m hurdles)
  • John Whetton (British Olympian 1964, 1500 3:39.45)
  • Ron Hill (British Olympian 1964 1968 1972, 10k: 28:39.0, Marathon: 2:09:28, still running!)
  • Zara Hyde-Peters OBE (British Triathlon Chief Executive, GB athlete 1992-1999 3k to 10k)
  • Dr Patrick Milroy (medical advisor to Runners World magazine)
  • Dave Norman (Winner of Greater Manchester Marathon 2012 2013, England Cross Country International, GB Mountain Running & Marathon)
Ron Hill was the second man ever to break 2:10 in the marathon and has a PB of 2:09:28.


The Outback, Douglas, Isle of Man

The History

Click Here to read about the history of the club.