Bicester AC were resounding winners of their first division 3 Heart of England League fixture held at Banbury on 11th May. Despite being “early doors” in terms of the summer season several of Bicester AC’s track and field athletes showed that they are in fine fettle with a string of excellent performances.

Amy Gould has already lowered the 1500 metre club record for the under 13 age group this season and she produced another top notch performance to land the A string in 5mins 39secs. She followed this up with a surprising first place in the high jump leaping to a new personal best mark of 1.23m. High jump has not been one of Bicester’s strongest in recent seasons but the tide is turning as ever improving Tom Couzens pushed the bar up to win the under 13 boy’s event with 1.34m. He then made it a jump double by also landing the long jump with a fine leap of 4.39m. Fellow under 13 competitor Hayden Durrant was in brilliant form in the field events as he won both the javelin (23.29m) and B string long jump (4.11m). He was well supported in the B string javelin as Josiah Edwards-Giroud landed the spoils with 19.66m.

Holly Griffiths Brown once again showed her versatility in the under 13 events landing her specialist event the 800 metres (2mins 43.9s) and she combined this with an excellent winning leap in the long jump (3.63m). Molly Acton was also a winner in the long jump taking the B string with 3.17m. In the boy’s under 13 800 metre event, Thomas Kavanagh ran a race of rich promise to finish runner up with 2mins 44.9secs which was a step up on early season efforts.

Jess Cherry produced another excellent effort in the under 17 girls’s shot falling just short of her recently set personal mark with a winning putt of 10.40 metres. The under 15 girls were also successful in the shot putt as both Rhiannon Penfold (7.84m) and Orlaif Lyford (5.71m) took their respective strings. Holly Hunter continues to make good progress in the javelin and she took the under 13 event with a throw of 14.75m.

Bicester were completely dominant in the under 11 girl’s quad events as they dropped winning points in only one of the 8 strings contested. Millie Cozens won both the long jump (3.56m) and 75 metres (11.9secs). Amelia Cox and Emelia Sims had a good battle in the howler with the former landing the A string in with a mark of 19.73metres just 17cms ahead of the latter, who had the consolation of winning the B string. Freddie Taylor was in scintillating form in the boys quad events as he took the 600 metres (2mins 3.5secs) as well as finishing 2nd in the howler (21.50 metres) and 2nd in the long jump (3.20metres).