A field of just under 300 athletes lined up for the annual Andy Reading 10k road race held last Sunday. This is one of Bicester’s biggest mass sporting participation events organised jointly by Alchester Running Club and Bicester AC and amongst this year’s runners were Mr Snowman and Rudolf.
Bicester AC had four competitors, and all were making their competitive debut at the 10k distance. Michael Cadle, who competes an under 15 boy, produced an outstanding run to win the junior men’s race. His time of 40mins 08secs was over 4mins ahead of the 2nd place runner in this category and placed him 41st in the overall race. Bicester’s 2nd placer Ben Groves also competes in the under 15 category and continues to show improved form over the longer distances with 89th place and 3rd junior man finisher. Vet 40 runner Arran Critchley is a new runner and did extremely well to finish 179th clocking 53mins 31secs. And Bicester’s final finisher was in the girl’s race as under 17 lady Lucy Montague finished 245th with 62mins 41secs.
Four Bicester AC competitors, who competed in cross country on Saturday, also took part in Sunday’s children races, held in conjunction with the Andy Reading 10k. There were four races run over distances of 1k and 2k held around in the environs of Chesterton Sports Club on a mainly grass surface.
Despite competing the previous day, Owen Stocker was in impressive form in the boy’s race, run over 2km, clocking a swift 7mins 24secs. Robert Charlton, after his heroics of the previous day in the Chiltern League, was 2nd (8mins 51secs) with Django La Porte not too far behind in 3rd (9mins 15secs). Ran as part of the same race Jennifer Critchley, also having her second race of the weekend, tried to keep pace with Stocker in the early stages but eventually dropped back but was still an impressive winner of the girl’s race in 8 mins 0secs. She was chased home by Bethany Wetton (9mins 11secs) with Megan Myers Finnegan in 3rd (10mins 04secs).
Ella Myers – Finnegan is in her first season in Bicester colours and she had a tremendous scrap with Isla Wooding and Amber Busby in the 1k race for children still at primary school. In the end Myers Finnegan prevailed with a winning time of 8mins 10secs with Wooding two seconds adrift and Busby a further two seconds behind in 3rd. Other Bicester AC finishers were Erin Horseman 6th (4mins 38secs), Annie – Rose Willis 7th (4mins 42secs), Bethany Nicol 8th (4mins 44secs), Charlotte Hornby 9th (4mins 46secs), Maya Evans 10th (4mins 51secs), Eloise Le Monnier 11th (4mins 55secs) and Emelie Stocker 14th (5mins 24secs).
In the boy’s race Tom Court was Bicester’s placed runner in 5th (4mins 30secs) with Finlay Haynes (4mins 41secs) following in 6th. The Bicester finishers were completed by Zachary Evans 8th (4mind 45secs) with Simon Cheeseman 9th (4mins 52secs).
Written by N Dolden