It has been a while since Bicester AC athletes competed as a team and with the Summer holidays in full swing, a slightly depleted team made the short journey to Banbury for round 2 of the Oxfordshire Young Athletes League.  It was however a good day for those who competed with several first places and personal bests.

There was a strong team in the under 13 boy’s events.  Ben Groves produced an excellent new personal best to take the high jump with a national grade 4 effort of 1.33m.  Edward Joliffe was also in personal best form in finishing runner up in the B 1.15m but it was in the long jump where he excelled winning with a national grade 4 leap of 4.22m.  Callum Hewett enjoyed a good afternoon placing 2nd in the 100m with a personal best time of 14.5s and winning the 200m in 29.8s as well as winning the B 75m hurdles in a personal best time of 15.9s.  Samuel Rayson placed 3rd in the A event with a personal best time of 13.9s and he added to this with a victory in the B discus (10.7m).  And there were further personal bests for Michael Cadle in the javelin (14.08m), Sean Lock in the discus (12.19m) and shot, and Aiden Fitton in the javelin (12.02m).

One of the performances of the day was Amber Parker, who set a new club record and national grade 3 effort in taking the under 13 girl’s shot with a new personal best of 7.54m.  Parker was part of a strong team in the javelin where she threw 14.04m to win the B event with Amelia Cox taking 2nd in the A event (15.05m).  And Parker threw 14.20m for 2nd in the discus (14.20m).  Personal bests were set by Amy Willis in the long jump (3.49m), 100m (16.4s) and 1500m (5m 58.1s).

There was an excellent team effort by the under 15 boys as they bagged no less than 5 wins in the B events.  There was a fine win and new personal best for Max Nicolle in the A 800 metres (2mins 19.1s).  The relay quartet of Joe Liddicot, Sam White, Jamil Welham and Joseph Rayner also bagged a win in the 4 by 100 metre relay in 52.8s.  Jamil Welham was in good form in the 200 metres where he was 2nd (26.3s) and the 300 metres (also 2nd in 40.2s).

Joe Liddicot enjoyed a good day with wins and new personal bests in the under 15 B 300m metres and 800 metres with clockings of 43.9s and 2m 42.4s.  Joe Mimpress achieved a triple of personal best with 2nd in the 80m hurdles (16.4s), victory in the B shot (6.41m) and 2nd in the B javelin (20.10m).  Samuel Worfolk also set two personal bests in the 1500 metres (5mins 6secs) and the discus (first in the B with 14.64m).  There was also a win for debutant Sam White in the B Long Jump (4.12m) and he also ran well for 2nd in the B 100m (13.1s).  Oscar Honour also gained good points in the A throws with a triple of 3rd places in the shot (8.53m), the discus (21.61m) and javelin (32.84m).

It was a very good day for Molly Acton as she achieved a double win in the under 15 300 metres (45.3s) and 800 metres (2ms 32.1s) with the 300 metres a national grade 4 effort.  The relay team of Holly Hunter, Molly Acton, Charlotte Hewett and Rushani Arumugham won the 4 by 100 metre relay.  Holly Hunter was also a winner taking the 75m hurdles (14.8s) whilst there was a personal best for Charlotte Hewett in the 300 metres (49.5s).  And in the quad kid events Matthew Baker threw an excellent 27.39m in the under 9 howler, also Imogen Cox set a new personal best of 2mins 10.3 secs in the 600m.