There was a good turnout for the annual Bicester Primary School’s Cross Country event held last Wednesday at the Bicester School. The event was organised by North Oxfordshire School Sport Partnership and assisted by members of Bicester AC. This is one of the biggest mass participation sport events held in Bicester.
There were over 500 competitors spread over the ten competing schools. Last year’s winners, Bure Park, were defending their crown but Langford Village, who are always competitive in this event, ran out comfortable winners on this occasion. They scored over 100 fewer points than Chesterton who were runner ups. The cornerstone of Langford Village’s success were team successes in the year 3/4 boy’s and year 5/6 girl’s team events. They also just missed on the year 1/2 boy’s team event which was won by Fritwell. Fritwell also won the year 5/6 boy’s team award. Bure Park did have the consolation of winning the year1/2 girl’s team prize with the remaining team prize, the year 3/4 girl’s prize going to Kings Meadow.
In spite of Fritwell having 4 scorers in the top ten finishers, it was Owen Stocker from Southwold who took the individual prize in the year 5/6 boy’s race. He beat Xander Cameron from Bure Park, with the first of the Fritwell counters, Archie Trotman finishing 3rd. Bure Park went one better in the year 5/6 girl’s event with Holly Keeble taking first place ahead of Daisy Bowler from Fritwell. However Langford Village had 4 counters in the top 11 with Lucy Willoughby leading the team to victory in 3rd place.
Although Langford Village were victorious in the year 3/4 boy’s race, they again missed out on the top individual spot as victory was claimed by Kings Meadow’s Jimmy Metcalfe. He finished in front of Langford’s George Leach with St Mary’s best individual placing of the day Daniel Holden White in 3rd.
Kings Meadow’s other individual win on the day came from Ella Peng in the year 3/4 girl’s race beating Erin Horseman (Launton) into 2nd with Langford’s Evie Petry 3rd. Langford’s one individual win came in the year 1/2 girl’s race which was taken by Eva Oregon. Kacey Pickup led the Bure Park to the team victory in this event by taking runner up spot ahead of Isabelle Goddard from Chesterton.
Fritwell were dominant in the under 1/2 boy’s event, where they not only took the team prize, but occupied 2 of the first 3 top places, with Harry Town taking top spot and Jamie Simpson placing 3rd. Sotuhwold’s Toby March split the two claiming runner up spot.