The Oxbridge Throwdown sees teams from Oxford and Cambridge square off in a winner takes all fitness throwdown. This year it took place on Saturday 5th April, the day before the Boat race, and in attendance were teams from CrossFit Cambridgeshire and CrossFit Oxford Originals descend on Oxonia CrossFit in a bid to steal the title back to their respective Box’s.
It was quickly evident that the standard had improved from last year and that every Box had a legitimate shot at the title for 2014.
Event 1 saw the teams relay through 10 Pull ups, 20 Clean and Jerk, 30 Push ups and 40 Air Squats. The heats could not be closer, and each Box’s 1st 2nd and 3rd teams were very evenly matched. Oxford Originals took the spoils in event 1, Oxonia 2nd and Cambridgeshire 3rd.
Events 2 and 3 were combined so athletes had just 3 minutes between event 2, a 12 min AMRAP of 10 Snatch and 10 KB Swings, and event 3, a 12 min AMRAP of 225 Deadlifts and 225 Box Jumps. Emotions following event 1 were running high and the pace was frantic. Oxonia CrossFit took first place narrowly in both workouts with Cambridgeshire and Oxford Originals taking a 2nd and 3rd place each.
It meant going into the final workout that Oxonia CrossFit led the way with 4 points, Oxford Originals were second with 6 point and Cambridgeshire were third with 8 points. Any of the teams could still win if results went their way however Oxonia had a strong advantage.
Event 4 was a Marathon, with athletes completing 1 element each, first team to complete 2 rounds would win. Element 1 – 500m row + 6 Bar Muscle ups, Element 2 – 30 Double Unders + 20 Wall Balls, Element 3 – 30 Handstand Push-ups + 20 Toes 2 Bar, Element 4 – 30 Shoulder 2 Overhead + 20 Cleans, Element 5 – 20 Burpees + 0.5 Mile Run. Cambridgeshire were simply rapid and finished well ahead of the rest, Oxford Original came In 2nd and Oxonia came 3rd.
The final result
- Oxonia CrossFit – 7 points
- CrossFit Oxford Originals – 8 points
- CrossFit Cambridgeshire – 9 points
Oxonia CrossFit are champions for the second year running, but all teams will think they can win in 2015.
Thanks to Cambridgeshire and Oxford Originals for a great competition, to everyone who gave up their time to help judge, Nicholas Dawes for hosting and everyone else who contributed to making the event a success.
2015 will be tough again, but for now at least we can rest as champions