Several of Bicester AC’s athletes were in fine form as they took 2nd place at their recent Heart of England Division 3 match held at Abingdon on Sunday 5th July.  There was a smattering of personal bests (28) attained throughout the afternoon and in the long jump Bicester won all but one of the long jump events they contested.

Millie Couzens had a hat trick of victories in the under 13  girl’s events comprising the high jump (1.20m), the 70m hurdles (13.5secs which was a pb) and the 200 metres (30.7secs).  Holly Griffiths-Brown continued her excellent summer with not only a win in the under 15 girl’s long jump with a leap of 4.55m (Lucy Stowell won the B event with 3.42m) but also a win in the 300 metres (44.6secs).  Molly Acton provided fine support to Griffiths Brown in taking the B 300 metres (46.5secs) and confirmed her recent good form in the 800 metres taking 2nd with another fast clocking of 2mins 30.5secs.

One of the performances of the day came from Amelia Cox who set another personal best in winning a thrilling under 13 girl’s 1500 metres (5mins 36.6secs) by one tenth of a second..  Cox was a winner in the long jump taking the B event with a pb leap of 3.66m.  The A event in the under 13 girl’s long jump was won by Rushani Arumugham who also set a new pb mark of 4.06m.

Oscar Honour only just fell short of his personal best in the under 15 boy’s long jump (4.55m) but this was still good enough to win the event.  Honour was well supported by Tom Couzens who won the B event in 4.52m.  Honour was also in fine form in the throwing event taking 1st place in the shot putt with 8.24m (J Welham took the B event with 6.10m) and finishing 2nd in the discus (18.24m).  Couzens won the high jump (1.48m) and made a rare appearance in the 80m hurdles, finishing 2nd with a pb clocking of 14.9secs.

There was a scintillating effort by Joshua Parker in the under 11 boy’s 75 metres with a superfast new pb clocking of 11.1secs which was under last year’s club record mark, with Ben Groves winning the B string (11.6secs).  In what was a good day for the under 11’s, Parker also won the long jump with a pb of 3.54m with Groves again winning the B string (3.53m).  The under 11 girls matched this feat with Charlotte Kavanagh winning the A long jump (3.58m) and Georgia Usher the B event (3.09m).  Kavanagh also set a new personal best in the under 11 girl’s 75 metres (11.8secs) and Sam Lawson did likewise in the under 11 boy’s 600 metres (1mins 57.1secs).

Orlaith Lyford set a new personal best mark in the under 15 girl’s 75 metres hurdles finishing 3rd in 13.3secs.  Callum Hewett was also in pb form as he won the under 13 boy’s 800 metres B race clocking 2mins 57.3secs.  Not to be outdone the senior ladies performed well with a double win in the long jump.  Emily Benfield took the A event with a season’s best of 4.59m and Yolanda  Martin the B string (4.29m).

Other Bicester wins included Charlotte Hewett (15.2secs in the under 13 girl’s B 100 metres), Maisie Silvester (a 2mins 44.7secs PB in the under 15 girl’s B 800 metres), Katie Ford (6.02m in the under 13 girl’s shot putt), Freddie Taylor (8.01m in the under 13 boy’s discus) and Edward Joliffe (a 14.53secs pb clocking in the under 13 girl’s 100 metres).  There was also wins in the combined events with a mixed team comprising Isabella Hopkins, Charlotte Kavanagh, Sam Lawson and Joshua Parker,  winning the under 11 4 by 100 metre relay (63.3secs) and Tom Couzens, J Welham, Will Sims and Oscar Honour combined to win the under 15 4 by 100 metre relay (56.2secs).