Bicester AC enjoyed an excellent first round in their Division 3 Heart of England match held last Saturday in Leicester.  There were several fine individual performances and this enabled the team to finish 2nd overall out of the six competing teams.

It was a case of so near for Isla Bohannon, Hollie Offord, Freya McGinley and Jenny Critchley who equalled the long standing club record of 59.2secs in winning the under 13 girl’s  4 x 100 metre relay.  Bohannon has started the season in very good form and she won the individual 100 metres in a new personal best of 14.7secs.  She followed this up with further personal bests in the 200 metres where she finished 2nd (31.1secs) as well as the Shot Putt (5.82m) where she was also 2nd.  Hollie Offord has been long jumping well this season and she recorded another personal best to finish 2nd in 3.78m).  Offord also ran a new personal best of 31.9secs in the B 200 metres as well as finishing 3rd in the 70m hurdles (14.5secs).

Freya McGinlay earned very good points for the team in winning both B shot putt (5.40m) and B Javelin (8.10m) as well as finishing 2nd in B 100 metres (15.6 secs).  Imogen Cox continues to progress in the javelin and she finished 2nd with a throw of 14.51m whilst Alanna O Neill earned good points for the team with a win in the B 70 metre hurdles (15.2secs).  And in her first ever competition Jenny Critchley performed with great promise finishing 3rd in the 1500 metres (5mins 59.2secs), 3rd in the B Long Jump (3.50m) and 3rd in the High Jump (1.10m).

The one club record to go on the day was in the under 15 girls shot putt where Amber Parker became the first Bicester athlete in that age group to putt over 9 metres in winning the shot (9.06m) which was also a national grade 3 mark..  Parker had to play second fiddle to clubmate Amelia Cox in the Javelin as Cox produced a magnificent new personal best throw of 21.41 for 3rd with Parker 2nd in the B (20.89m).  Cox enjoyed a good day’s competition as she was 2nd in the 1500 metres (5mins 19.7secs) and 3rd in the Long Jump with a new personal best of 4.19m.

Joshua Parker was in scintillating form in the under 13 boy’s competition.  Parker produced national graded efforts and new personal bests in finishing 2nd in the 100 metres (13.6secs) and the Long Jump (4.21m).  Jacob Gough has been in excellent form in the throwing events this season and was a splendid winner in the javelin with a new personal best and national graded effort of 22.90m.  Gough was also 2nd in the shot (5,82m) and showed his versatility by running in to 4th in the 800 metres with a new personal best mark of 2mins 49.4secs.  Bicester’s other win in the under 13 boy’s competition came in the B 75m hurdles through Oliver Webb (16.9secs).

There was a double first in the under 15 boy’s Long Jump as Edward Jolliffe took the A event in a new personal best (4.90m) with Samuel Rayson enjoying his best competition of the season so far recording a new personal best in the B event (4.82m).  Jolliffe also ran a new personal best in finishing 2nd in the 300 metres (47.4secs) with Rayson also recording a new personal best in the 80m hurdles (14.3secs) where he was 2nd.  There was also a double first for Bicester  in the shot with Ben Groves winning the A with a new personal best putt of 6.93m and Sean Lock the B (5.33m).  Groves recorded a further win in the high jump (1.40m).  Further wins in the under 15 boy’s competition came from back to form Michael Cadle who threw a new personal best of 19.74m to win the Javelin.  Cadle also ran a new personal best in the 800 metres (2mins 40secs) where he was 3rd.

Bicester competitors were a little thin on the ground in the older age groups but that did not stop Tia Brown from enjoying a good afternoon’s competition in the under 17 lady’s events.  For the 2nd week running Brown won a competitive 100 metres equalling her personal best of the previous week (13.5secs).  Brown also recorded a new personal best in the Long Jump where she was 2nd (4.29m).  Thomas Kavanagh also made a big improvement in the under 17 mens’s 800 metres to finish 4th in 2mins 23.8secs.

And in the younger age groups Kyle Rayson was in good form in the under 11 age group where he won the 75 metres (11.6secs) and also took 2nd in the Long Jump (3.22m).  Jessica Garside jumped an impressive 3.49m to win the under 11 girl’s Long Jump and also finished a good 2nd in the 75 metres (12.2secs).  Bicester’s other win in the under 11 girl’s event came courtesy of Isabelle Webb in the B 600 metres (2mins 6.6secs).

Written by N Dolden