Last Sunday 29th March Radley AC staged what has traditionally become the curtain raiser for Oxfordshire’s track and field season. Athletes competed in typically intemperate conditions but Bicester had a good turnout and several athletes were rewarded with personal best performances. One of these was from Connor Wilce who was only one of two Bicester winners in this typically competitive meet. Wilce set a new personal nest mark in the under 17 men’s triple jump of 12.36m confirming the promise of last season. Jess Cherry was the other winner as she took the under 20 women’s shot with a putt of 9.53m.
It was a good start to the season for Lauren Garside who competed well in all of her three competitions. Garside set a new personal best in the under 15 girl’s 100 metres in finishing 8th in 14.35secs. Garside also set a new personal best mark in the long jump (4.07m) placing 4th and was only just down on her best ever shot (6.47m) despite having to putt a heavier implement. It was a good day too for William Sims, who has competed with credit over the cross country season, and produced a personal best in the under 15 100 metres placing 3rd (14.28s), although he was down on his best in the javelin (15.34m).
The biggest improver on the day was Jamil Welham who obliterated his previous best mark in the 200 metres placing 3rd in the under 15 event (28.52s) although he found the 300 metres a little harder (48.91s). Orlaith Lyford’s best effort on the day was in the under 15 75m hurdles as she placed 7th in 14mins 52secs, which was only a fraction down on her best time of last year, although she too found the 300 metres harder (54.86secs). Holly Hunter accompanied her in the hurdles (16.32secs) and also placed 7th in the under 15 javelin (16.18m).
Emily Benfield was back in action for Bicester in the under 20 girl’s 100 metres where she placed 3rd in 14.08secs. Jake Cherry was down on his best in the javelin as he took 2nd place in the under 17 men’s event with 19.25m. Molly Acton, fresh from the cross country season contested the under 15 girl’s 800 metres placing 5th in 2 mins 48.25s. Emilia Sims ran a race of promise in the under 13 girl’s race where she placed 8th in a well contested race clocking 16.03 secs. Sam Rayson was Bicester’s only competitor in the under 11 quad competition and he placed 9th with good efforts in the sprint, 600 metres and a first time outdoors long jump. Katie Ford was only just off her best in the under 13 800 metres (3mins 21.4secs) and she also competed in the long jump (3.08m).