Bicester AC were up against stiff competition at the latest Heart of England athletics league division 2 fixture held on Sunday 5th June in Worcester where they finished 7th.  There were some spirited performances by the younger age groups with the under 11 girls winning their age category and the under 11 boys finishing 3rd.  One of the highlights of the day was the victory by the mixed relay team of Isla Bohannon, Josephine Parker, Seoin Alexander and Joshua Parker who won the 4 by 100 metre mixed relay in a swift 62.0secs.

Although the under 11 girls did not achieve any individual A wins they were rewarded for their consistency with Imogen Cox a good 2nd in the howler 21.04 and Josephine Parker, who was 2nd in the 75m (11.6s).  However there were wins in the B events with Isla Bohannon successful in 2 events, the howler (12.80m) and the 75m (11.7s) and Josephine Parker the long jump (3.1m).

The under 11 boys also performed with great credit with Joshua Parker achieving a win in the A 75m clocking 11.2s with Seoin Alexander a winner in the B howler (23.75m).

Wins were hard to come by in the more senior age categories but there was another outstanding victory for the much improved Jamil Welham in the under 15 300m.  He recorded a national grade 3 effort clocking of 40.5secs.  Welham was also a fine 2nd in the long jump with a new personal best mark of 4.66m.  William Sims produced a fantastic effort to finish 2nd in the discus (17.68m) ably supported by Samuel Worfolk who threw a fine 14.57m for runner up in the B string.  The same combination were in action in the shot with Sims in 5th place (6.40m) and Worfolk 4th in the B event  (5.60m).

There was a good run by Georgia Usher in the under 13 girl’s 1500 metres where she finished 2nd in 5mins 41.7s as well as finishing 5th in the high jump (1.15m).  Amber Parker was in good form in the under 13 girl’s shot putt finishing runner up with a putt of 6.34m.  Amber Parker also threw 12.54m for 6th in the discus.

In the under 13 boy’s events, Samuel Rayson was in personal best form in the 75 metre hurdles placing 3rd in 14.5secs and he was also in good form in the long jump winning the B event with 3.87m.  Ben Groves jumped well in the same event for 5th in the A event (3.97m).

Michael Cadle continues to improve steadily in the 800 metres and he ran another personal best for 5th in the under 13 event clocking 2m 44.4s.  Good points were also gained in the 1500 metres where Sean Lock placed 3rd in 5m 24.4s and Ben Groves 4th in 6mins 33.9s.  In the discus, Callum Hewitt was 4th with 10.79 and Ryan Simpson 3rd in the B event (9.87m).  The under 13 boy’s relay team of Ben Groves, Ciaren Flynn, Callum Hewett and Ryan Simpson also did well to place 4th in the 4 by 100 metres (60.1secs).

Lauren Garside is enjoying a fine season in the under 15 shot and she again performed well for 3rd place (7.57m).  She was also a good 3rd in the long jump with a mark of 4.15m.  Molly Acton ran right up to her best form in the under 15 300 metres placing 4th in 46.5secs and had one of her best runs of the season in the 800 metres where she was 5th (2mins 33.7s).  And Emily Benfield was Bicester’s sole competitor in the elder age category where she took in the 100 metres (14.0secs), 200 metres (31.0secs) and long jump (4.23m).