Steve Flynn, Club Chairman of Bicester AC opened the winter presentation evening held last Friday 28th March at Bicester Rugby Club. He was able to point to one of most successful winters in recent club history with great successes attained in the winter long Oxfordshire indoor Sportshall League as well as the outdoors over cross country.
Clyde Goodwin, who manages the Bicester AC indoor Sportshall team, was able to give an upbeat summary of what had been a successful winter from both a training and racing perspective. The club split the indoor training sessions for the first time and this allowed the Coaches to specialise more. On average 80 athletes attended the training sessions which included no less than 136 different athletes. This certainly contributed to one of the most successful sportshall successes in the club’s history.
Bicester took 4 of the team awards in the Oxfordshire Sportshall League. In the under 13 boy’s event Bicester AC reigned supreme, as their final points haul was over 100 points clear of their nearest rival. By contrast Bicester’s under 13 girls were just 4 points clear going into the final event and this enabled them to hang on narrowly for the team title. The under 11 boys were unbeaten throughout the season and two league records were broken through the season the 4 X 100 relay and spot javelin. The under 11 girls left it late but they had a great final event dropping just one point to claim the overall title. The under 15 teams also performed with great credit with the boys finishing 2nd and the girls 3rd.
Emma Gould, who looks after the cross country, was able to eulogize on what had been a very successful campaign for Bicester AC. Two of Bicester’s athletes, Sophie Wheeler and Tom Gould had been picked to represent Oxfordshire in the recent inter county competition and the club had been heavily involved in helping to organize the successful Bicester Primary School Cross Country competition as well as the children races at the Andy Reading 10km.
It was a fantastic season for under 13 girl Sophie Wheeler who became Bicester’s first winner of an Oxon Mail League Cross country title for many years. She was also an integral part of the under 13 team that took the silver medal in the Oxon County Championships and her performance at Harwell bagged her an individual bronze. Wheeler was a worthy winner of the best girl performer award. Tom Gould’s consistency in the under 15 boy’s event, which saw him finish 4th in the Oxon Mail League Cross Country, earned him the best boy performer award.
Young Georgina Usher had an outstanding first season over the country remaining unbeaten in the under 9 category throughout the season and this earned her the best performance for an under 11. Most improved athlete of the season was won by Jennie Procter whilst the under 13 girl’s performances and turnouts earned them the outstanding contribution award. The final awards went to Owen and Amelia Cox who were awarded the boy and girl club members of the year award.