Bicester Athletics Club, in partnership with North Oxfordshire School Sport Partnership and Bicester Community College, organised the annual Bicester Area Primary Cross Country staged in glorious sunshine with a record 11 primary schools and 611 children taking part (Years 1-6). Run around the environs of the College the courses represented an excellent introduction to cross country for the many youngsters that took part.

There was keen competition for the team event with several primary schools challenging for the Bicester AC shield, presented to the school with the best overall record in the competition. The team classification was based on the aggregate score for each of leading three finishers from each school for each of the six races, with the schools amassing the lowest overall score declared the winners. And there was a new name on the trophy as Bure Park Primary Schools wrested the overall title from reigning champions Langford Primary. They were the clear winners with 98 points ahead of previous winners Langford School (155 points) and Kings Meadow (261 points).

From an individual result perspective the day also belonged to Bure Park Primary School as they provided winners in three of the six individual events. They were totally dominant in the year 1 and 2 events for children up to the age of 7. Sophie Shaw and Holly Keeble, both of Bure Park, headed the year 1 and 2 girl’s event as they finished first and second respectively with Hollie Offord (Brookside) completing the top three places finishing 3rd out of the field of 68 runners. In the boy’s event there was further success for Bure Park as Xander Cameron held off strong challenges from 2nd placed Kian Duggan (Fritwell) and Finlay Hennessy (Brookside) for victory.

Millie Couzens is already one of Bicester AC’s promising young athletes and she recorded Bure Park’s third victory of the day in the year 5 and 6 girl’s event. Millie was pursued home by runner up Lottie Wyne Jones (Langford Village) and Rushani Arumugham (St Mary’s). In the corresponding year 5 and 6 boy’s event Connor Duggan led home a strong contingent from Fritwell to top the winner’s podium. Kings Meadow have had a strong past record in this competition and their one place of the day came in this event as Charlie Smith took the runner up spot. And Chesterton were also represented on the podium as Thomas Kavanagh took third.

One of the easiest victories came in the year 3 and 4 event as Michael Cadle scored a comprehensive victory for Longfields. Langford Village were one of the strongest performing schools throughout the afternoon and they filled the other podium places in this event through Elliot Hayes (2nd) and Oliver Webb (3rd).

Chesterton’s moment of the day came in the Year 3 and 4 girl’s event through the efforts of Carmen Kirk-Soriano. She was chased home by runner up Fritwell’s Annie Bowler and Bella Couzens (Bure Park) in bronze medal position.

However this was a day when all of the competing schools were winners and every one of the competing schools managed at least one top ten finisher in the six events.