Bicester AC had a fantastic representation at the North Oxfordshire Primary and Secondary schools cross country finals at the Warriner School on Thursday 21st November.

All the children competing had qualified by either finishing in a certain position or being part of a qualifying team at their relevant Primary Schools area cross country event or by being selected through in house competitions within their Secondary Schools.

Despite the freezing conditions all the children ran brilliantly making teachers, parents, guardians and most definitely Bicester AC’s cross country coaches, Emma and Richard Gould, immensely proud of them all.

Emma and Richard were fortunate enough to get over to Warriner in time to see some of the children run. Everywhere they turned they seemed to meet another Bicester AC athlete or a sibling of an athlete!.

Some notable performances were, Georgia Usher finishing 1st in the girls year 3/4 race. Michael Cadle secured an excellent 3rd in the boys year 3/4 race. In the girls year 5/6 race Millie Couzens secured the title by finishing 1st and was accompanied by her school mate Amelia Cox who finished an amazing 3rd. The most well represented race was the girls year 7 competition with 9 Bicester AC athletes taking part. Holly Griffiths-Brown came home in 1st place, closely followed by her Cooper team mate Amy Gould in 2nd. As always Molly Acton and Maisie Silvester representing the newly formed Heyford Free School were not far behind finishing in 4th and 5th respectively. Another Heyford athlete, Billy England, ran a fantastic race to come home in 2nd place in the boys year 7 race.

Other athletes competing were, in the girls year 1/2 race, Jessica Garside(23rd), Hannah Smith(7th), and Katie Groves(26th), in the girls year 3/4 race, Bella Couzens( 5 ), Anna Couzens( 7 ), Imogen Cox(11th), Erin McWhinnie(17th), Ruby Silvester(24th), Natalia Cox( 9th ) and Maya Collins(45th).

In the boys year 3/4 race, Ben Groves (17th), Gregg Alexander(20th), Joseph Nugent(24th). In the girls year 5/6 race, Rushani(5th), Ebony Rose Lennon(13th), Emilia Sims(14th ), Evie Price(21st) and Katie Ford(24th). Sean Lock(16th), Lucas William(20th), George Starkey-Vickers(23rd), Thomas Kavanagh(24th) and Cameron Scarlett(52nd) in the boys year 5/6 race. In the girls year 7 race, Holly Hunter(12th), Lucy Stowell(13th), Lauren Garside(15th), Molly Nugent(21st) and Tomoka Moore(22nd). In the girls year 8/9 race there was Erin Higginbottom(13th) and Orlaith Lyford(22nd). Owen Cox(7th) bravely represented the club in the boys year 8/9 race. In the girls year 10/11 race, Lito Michealidou(13th) and Lucy Hunter(17th). The boys year 10/11 race was well represented, Tom Gould(7th), Dan Heiyink(10th), Sam Boik(27th), Jony Renk(28th) and Mark Smith(29th). Finally the girls year 12/13 race saw Orla Welby finish in 4th place.

Qualifying teams will now go onto the County final in April. Some of our athletes were lucky enough to be in these teams. Langford Village boys year 3/4 team, Bure Park girls year 3/4 team, Bure Park girls year 5/6 team, Dr Radcliffe boys year 5/6 team, Heyford girls year 7 team, Cooper girls year 7 team and Cooper girls year 12/13 team.