The University of Manchester Athletics and Cross Country Club
UMACCC is a sports club associated with The University of Manchester’s Athletics Union. The club combines Athletics and Cross Country disciplines, allowing members to compete in a wide range of fixtures. UMACCC emphasises enjoyment through participation in sport.
There are a wide range of abilities within the club, from people who train intensely to those who enjoy keeping fit with the occasional run (these demographics are there for all to see within the committee!!). Membership is open to all students enrolled and staff members in The University of Manchester. Membership reached almost 100 present members this year and the club also maintains strong links with past members as well.
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)
The club competes in the BUCS Cross County, Outdoor Athletics and Indoor Athletics championships. We hold the annual Manchester University Relays, held since 1966, which continues to prove popular with other universities and local clubs. There are many university and non-university races up and down the country such as Hyde Park Relays and Braids Hill race, see the calendar for a full list The club has links with a number of local clubs including Trafford AC, Sale Harriers, and Stockport Harriers.
Training is obviously an integral part of any athlete’s success and we hold regular, varied training sessions throughout the week.
The club has a strong emphasis on enjoyment. Combining races and meets with weekends away is what the club does best. Ask any member about the weekends away in London, Edinburgh, Leeds, not to mention 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.
Click Here to read about the history of the club.