Bicester AC enjoyed a very successful weekend at this year’s Oxfordshire County Track and Field Championships staged on the 14th/15th May at Horspath. Millie Couzens produced an exceptional set of results in the under 13 girls events which netted her three gold medals and two new club records over the weekend. Best of these was on day one as she stormed to victory in her first ever run over 1500 metres. Her time of 5mins 18.33secs, a national grade 3 time, not only smashed the under 13 girl’s club record but was also faster than any Bicester under 15 girl has run. Also on day one, Couzens proved her outstanding all round skills by taking gold in the long jump, beating 31 other competitors and equaling her personal best of 4.22m. Couzens was also 2nd in the 75 metre hurdles where she set a new club record mark 12.43secs which was also a national grade 3 time. On day 2 she added to her gold medal haul by winning a very competitive 800 metres with her 2nd best ever time of 2mins 33.38secs. Cozens was also 3rd in the high jump with a best clearance of 1.25m.
It was also a good weekend for Millie’s brother as Tom took gold in the under 15 boy’s high jump with a 1.50 metre clearance. Couzens also took bronze in the under 15 long jump (4.68m) and just missed out on a medal in the 800 metres finishing 4th in 2mins 25.58secs. Ben West only had the one event but finished a highly creditable 2nd in the under 17 1500 metres with his 3rd personal best in the event in as many weeks clocking 4mins 17.37s. West is still only in his first year of this age group but is closing in on Mark Curzon’s long standing club record. Max Nicolle continues to show well over the longer distances and he only just missed out on a medal on day one finishing 4th in the under 15 boy’s 1500 metres with a new personal best of 4mins 49.06 secs. Nicolle then took gold in the 3000 metres, in his debut at the distance, with a very promising 10mins 28.24secs.
Jess Cherry was a double gold winner over the weekend in the under 20 ladies events winning the shot putt in 9.37m and the triple jump (8.82m). Edward Jollife had a busy weekend and was rewarded with a fine bronze in the under 13 boy’s long jump with a new personal best mark of 4.03m beating clubmate Ben Groves into 4th (3.81m). Jollife also made the final of the 100 metres where he finshed 8th (14.58secs) and the final of the 200 metres where he was 5th with a new personal best time of 30.69secs. Meanwhile Ben Groves set a new personal best in the under 13 75 metre hurdles(17.82secs).
Amy Gould was 3rd in the under 15 girl’s 3000 metres breaking the club record in the process (12mins 9.23secs). Brother Tom also competed in the 3000 metres, this time in the under 20 event, and he was 2nd clocking 10mins 43.98secs. Sean Lock also ran a new personal best running well for 6th place in the under 13 1500 metres (5mins 24.91secs) whilst clubmate Freddie Taylor finished 13th in the Bucks equivalent with 5minn 24.45s. Taylor enjoyed better luck in the long jump recording a new personal best of 4.01m.
Molly Acton is improving as the season progresses and she was 6th in the under 15 girl’s 800 metres (2mins 35.53s). Lauren Garside was 5th in the under 15 girl’s long jump (4.17m). And Emily Benfield had a good competition in the under 20 girl’s long jump finishing 4th with 4.30m. She also placed 5th in the 100 metres 14.12s). Holly Hunter was slightly down on her best in the javelin as she finished 5th with a throw of 17.67m and she was also 3rd in the 75m hurdles (14.55secs).