Bicester AC had cross country runners spread over two fixtures last weekend with the Chiltern League staged on Saturday in Luton and the Oxford Mail League taking in a new venue at Carterton on Sunday.

Although the Bicester contingent were numerically stronger at Carterton, there were some outstanding performances in the Chiltern League. Primary amongst these was Ben West who was an outstanding 2nd in the under 17 men’s race. He was first finisher amongst the division 2 runners clocking 18mins 24secs just 10 seconds off the winning run. Max Nicolle was also in the top ten as he placed 8th in the under 15 boy’s race clocking 15mins 11secs for the 4,400 metre course. Nicolle was 4th amongst the division 2 runners placing him 2nd in the overall standings after three events.

Amelia Cox is much improved over the country this year and she ran well again in the under 15 girl’s race clocking 15min 43secs for the 3,500 metre course leaving her in 6th in the overall standings after three events. Her younger sister, Imogen, was 47th in the under 13 girls’s race (12mins 34secs).

Lucy McGrath was Bicester‘s highest finisher in Sunday’s Oxford Mail Cross Country League where she placed 7th in 10mins 05secs which places her 8th in the overall standings after two events. McGrath was well supported by Anna Joliffe who produced a good effort for 13th (10mins 23secs).

The under 13 boy’s team had no less than Bicester 7 runners with Oliver Conway producing another fine run to lead the team home in 8th place (9mins 15secs) which leaves him in 10th place in the overall standings after two events. Michael Cadle was next in placing 15th (9mins 36secs) with Timothy Jones 18th (10mins 8secs). Bicester’s other finishers were Harry Rendell 24th (10mins 35secs), Jacob Gough 26th (10mins 48secs), Sami Singer 27th (11mins 02secs) and Ben Stokes 28th (11mins 07secs).

There were three Bicester runners in the youngest race for under 9’s which takes in both boys and girls. Abigail Jones was 13th in the mixed race but was actually 2nd girl finisher. Bicester‘s other competitors were Isabel Smith 19th and Simon Cheeseman 20th.

With Max Nicolle competing in the Chiltern League it was left Edward Joliffe to lead the Bicester team home in the under 15/17 boy’s event. He was 18th in 19mins 02secs with old rival Samuel Worfolk just 37secs down in 21st place. Other Bicester finishers were Jamie Conway in 29th (21mins 10secs) and Zacharia Singer 33rd (25mins 06secs).

There were three runners in the under 11 boy’s race with Owen Stocker leading the team home again in 20th (6mins 08 secs). Django La Porter was next in finishing 30th in 6mins 28secs and Kyle Rayson was 34th in 6mins 40secs. There was a similar turnout in the under 11 girl’s race with Zofia Conway leading the team home in 36th (7mins 02secs) followed by Katie Groves 39th (7mins 14secs) and Bethany Wetton 42nd (7mins 19secs).

Written by N Dolden.