Club Chairman Steve Flynn gave the opening address at the annual Bicester AC track and field awards staged last Friday 17th October at Bicester Rugby Club. Special guest for the evening and handing out the awards was ex club athlete Freddie Curtis who is now a GB international and has high hopes of competing at Rio at the 2016 Olympics. Freddie was a member of the club for 7 years from the age of 8 but moved along with his talented brothers to Milton Keynes AC to make use of their better facilities.
The awards handed out on Friday were voted on by the Bicester AC team managers. Most of the categories fell into best track performer, best field performer and club performer of the year and sub divided into the main recognised athletic age groups. Most of the youngsters recognised will be too young for Rio but many may have taken their first steps to potential future stardom.
Despite not having their own running facilities and having to train on grass, there were several fine Bicester AC running performances during the Summer with several long standing club championship records broken. There were several performers who could have won the Under 13 girl track performer of the year. Amy Gould lowered the Under 13 Girls 1500 metre club record five times during the summer. However Holly Griffiths-Brown broke 4 club records during the Summer including both the high jump and long jump as well as smashing the previous best time in the rarely run 150 metres. However pride and place went to her effort in the 800 metres where she finally broke a long standing record in the 800 metres in the UK Development League match at Burton clocking 2mins 33.2secs, which earned her the Under 13 Girl track performer of the year.
Griffiths- Brown has unquestionably benefited from competing in a wide range of events, something that under 9 and under 11 athletes are required to do as a matter of course by competing in Quad Kids events which covers two short and long track distances, as well as the long jump and throws. Millie Couzens dominated the Oxfordshire Quad Kids events during the summer to the extent that she broke three club records. These included a swift 11.48secs over 75 metres, clocking 1mins 57.8secs in the 600 metres and leaping 3.98m in the long jump all was good enough for the Under 11 Girl athlete of the year. Also in record form in this age group was Amelia Cox who set a new mark in the vortex throw of 25.05m which earned her the Under 11 Girl field performer of the year award.
Given that the guest presenter was a javelin thrower it was perhaps fitting that the Under 15 Boy field performer title should be won by javelin thrower Jake Cherry who improved his personal best still further in his specialist event. Holly Hunter also improved her best in the Under 13 Girl’s javelin to take the Under 13 Girl field performer of the year. Not content with seeing his sister set new club record marks Ellis Griffiths-Brown set a new club record mark of 11.24secs in the Under 11 Boy’s 55 metre hurdles to take the Under 11 Boy track athlete of the year award.
And Jess Stowell also broke a club record setting a new mark for the Under 15 Girl’s hammer with a throw of 14.69 metres to earn her the Under 15 Girl’s club athlete of the year award.
There were no category winners for the Under 17 and Under 20 girls but they were all presented with individual medals. Although now competing in Under 20 events Emily Benfield was recognized for her three new club records during the summer which included the 100 and 200 metre sprints as well as the long jump. Jess Cherry also broke the Under 17 Girl shot putt club record three times culminating in an 11.14 metres putt in the North Oxon School Championships.
Other Bicester AC performers who were recognized on the night included the following:
- Under 9 boy’s club athlete Morgan Attrill
- Under 9 girl’s club athlete Charlotte Kavanagh
- Under 11 boy’s field athlete Freddie Taylor
- Under 11 boy’s club athlete Michael Cadle
- Under 11 girl’s club athlete Amelia Sims
- Under 13 girl’s club athlete Amber Pittuck
- Under 13 boy’s track athlete Hayden Durrant
- Under 13 boy’s field event Tom Couzens
- Under 13 boy’s club athlete Tom Kavanagh
- Under 15 boy’s track athlete Fergal Jones
- Under 15 boy’s club athlete Oliver Lewis
- Under 15 girls track athlete Rhiannon Penfold
- Under 15 girl’s field athlete Yolande Martin
- Under 17 boy’s track athlete Tom Gould
- Under 17 boy’s field athlete Conor Wilce
- Under 17 boy’s club athlete Zac Wilce
- Overall Contribution Karen Cox