Bicester AC’s athletes enjoyed a very good afternoon’s competition in the second round of the Oxfordshire’s Junior League held at Banbury on 17th May which included 46 new personal bests.  Holly Griffiths Brown is emerging as one of Oxfordshire’s brightest young athletes and she enjoyed another remarkable afternoon’s competition in her first year in the under 15 age group.  Probably her most significant performance was in the one event that she failed to win as she posted a new club record in finishing 2nd in the high jump which was a national grade 3 standard effort.  However despite having only recently adopted a new high jump technique she is already only 7cm off the grade 1 standard.  Not content with her high jump efforts,  Griffiths – Brown strode to victory in the 300 metres with another personal best and national grade 3 effort of 44.3secs which was some 3 seconds clear of the rest of the field.  And to round off a good afternoon’s work Griffiths-  Brown completed another win, this time in the long jump with another personal best  and national grade 4 effort of 4.62m.

It was an afternoon to savour for jumps coach Michale Burrell as the under 15 and under 13 girls whitewashed the long jump competitions with across the board wins in both A and B strings.  Supporting Griffiths – Brown was the very much in form Lauren Garside who won the under 15 B string with a leap of 4 metres.  Garside also matched her previous best in the 100 metres clocking 14.2secs and achieving another personal best in the shot putt (7.37metres).  Millie Couzens just failed to better the 4 metre mark in the under 13 girl’s event but still won with a national grade 4 leap of 3.99 metres which was also a personal best. Couzens also continued her fine start to her hurdling career with another win in the 70 metres hurdle in 13.9secs.  Georgia Cordy has been one of the finds of the season and she leapt to an impressive new person best mark of 3.77 metres in winning the B under 13 Long Jump.  Cordy also set a new personal best of 15.1secs in finishing 2nd in the B 100 metres.

Jake Cherry produced one of the best javelin throws by a Bicester athlete in recent years as he placed 2nd in the under 17 men’s javelin with a new personal best throw of 37.20 metrs and he was well supported by Lewys Jones who took the B string with a personal best effort of 27.42m.  Another emerging talent this season is Benjamin West who took the under 15 1500 metres with a new personal best clocking of 4mins 47.9secs. West also showed commendable versatility by setting personal best efforts in the 100 metres (14.1secs) and finishing 3rd in the A Long jump with a personal best leap of 4.45m.  William Sims also earned the club good points in the under 15 events with victories in the B 1500 metres (5mins 37.4 secs) and the B 300 metres (48.4secs) both of which were personal best efforts.

Holly Hunter set a new club record in the under 15 girl’s javelin with a throw of 16.79m as well as gaining the club valuable points with a 3rd in the B 1500 metres (6mins 20.2secs).  In the same event Amy Gould returned to something like her old form with a season’s best effort of 5mins 34.7secs which placed her 2nd in the A event.  Gould also gained the team good points in the 200 metres (32.8secs) and high jump (1.15m).  Tom Couzens enjoyed a good afternoon in the under 15 jumps as he finished 2nd in the A high jump with a personal best 1.45m and 2nd in the B Long jump (4.36m).  Lucy Stowell also enjoyed a good afternoon in the under 15 throws setting personal bests in the discus (17.39m) and javelin (15.01m).