Bicester AC’s under 13 and under 15 athletes made a fine start in the first round of the Youth Development League (Lower Age) Midland North East Division 2A held on Saturday 2nd May at Banbury.  Facing stiff competition from six other clubs they finished a fine third.  There was a good strong turnout in each of the age groups and the athletes are clearly in fine fettle as they set 7 grade 4 national standards as well as a number of personal bests.

Holly Griffiths- Brown has made a fine start to her first season of under 15 age competition and although she did not manage any first places on the day she set 3 new personal best which were all grade 4 standards.  She finished a fine 2nd in the 200 metres with a classy 27.6secs clocking.  She also finished 2nd in the long jump with a new personal best leap of 4.57m as well as setting a new personal best in the high jump (1.40m).

Millie Couzens is also making stealthy progress in her first year out of quad competition.  Although finishing 4th, Couzens made an eye catching improvement in the 800 metres to record a new personal best of 2mins 50.6secs.  She was also victorious in winning the high jump with a national graded effort of 1.25m in the high jump and ran a race full of promise in the 70m hurdles placing 3rd in 14 secs.

It was a good afternoon for Hayden Durrant who recorded two national graded performances in the under 13 boys’ events.  Durrant recorded an excellent first place in the javelin with an impressive 25.10m throw.  And Durrent followed this up with a 3rd placing in the long jump with a new personal best leap of 4.27m.  Joshiah Edwards –  Giraud gave Durrant excellent support in both of these events and he too recorded a national graded effort in the long jump (4.15m) in winning the B string.  He was also victorious in the B strong javelin with a 17.95m throw as well as placing 4th in the 100 metres (14.5secs).

William Sims continues to make fine progress in the javelin and he produced a winning throw in the under 15 boy’s event with a new personal best mark of 23.33m.  Tom Couzens produced his best 800 metre run for some time as he placed 3rd in the under 15 event with a new personal best time of 2min 31.6 secs.  He was also 2nd in the long jump with a leap of 4.55m which was only just short of his personal best.  Couzens received good support from Oscar Honor who was 2nd in the B string (4.19m).

Lauren Garside continues to impress in the under 15 events and her efforts included a personal best in the 100 metres (14.2secs) and runner up spot in the B long jump with another personal best (4.25m).  She continues to make very good progress in the shot putt and she was rewarded with 2nd place with a new personal best of 7.30m.  Garside was supported in this event by the in form Orlaith Lyford who was 2nd in the B string (6.29m) which was also a personal best.  Lyford is enjoying one of her best seasons and she set another personal best in the 75 metre hurdles of 14.2secs.  Molly Acton was also in personal best form in the under 15 800 metres finishing 5th in 2mins 38.6secs.  And there were two fine efforts in the under 15  throws by Lucy Stowell who produced personal bests in the discus (14.92m) and hammer (14.24m).

Like Millie Couzens, Amelia Cox is just out of quad competitions and she produced a very promising effort to be 4th in the under 13 1200 metres clocking 4mins 35.4secs.  Georgia Cordy built on her fine start to the season with a trio of personal bests in the 75 metres (11.6secs), runner up in the 150 metres (22.8secs) and long jump (3.64m).