There were some fantastic performances from Bicester AC athletes at last weekend’s Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire County Track and Field Championships held at Horspath.  Several athletes were crowned county championships and there were a number of personal bests achieved along with national graded effort performances and new club records.

One of the races of the weekend was the under 20 mens’s 800 metres where the Bucks County Champs was combined with Oxfordshire County.  West was not overawed as he followed the eventual winner from Milton Keynes throughout and produced a strong finish to record his first ever sub 2 minute 800 metres clocking 1 mins 57.45secs.  This earned him gold medal in the Oxfordshire County Championships as well as a national grade 3 standard despite being in his first season in the age group.  However he smashed Mark Curzon’s long standing under 20 men’s club record which had stood for over 20 years.  West also finished 2nd in the 1500 metres on the Saturday with 4 mins 15.15secs.

It was a good weekend for Bicester athletes with the surname Parker.  Despite being hampered with a leg injury Amber Parker performed magnificently in the under 15 girls’s shot, discus and hammer winning triple gold.  In the shot Parker putted 9.28m, which broke the club record that she had set the previous weekend and was a national grade 3 effort.  Parker also broke the club record in the hammer throwing a national grade 4 mark of 26.60 metres and on day two won gold in the discus (18.04m).

Joshua Parker won the under 13 boy’s Bucks County Championships 200 metres with a splendid new personal best time of 28.20secs which was also a national grade 4 effort.  Parker was also a competitive 2nd in the 100 metres final with 14.22 and produced a new personal best leap of 4.29m in the Long Jump for 3rd, which was also a national grade 4 effort.  His sister Josephine looks an athlete of real promise as she showed up well in the under 13 girl’s events despite this being her first year in the age group.  Parker was an excellent 2nd in the under 13 girls Oxfordshire County 70m hurdles with a 12.98 clocking which was a national grade 4 effort.  Parker was also a very good 4th in the 100 metres in a new personal best time of 14.43secs where she just had to give best to ever improving Isla Bohannon, who also produced a new personal best time of 14.40.  However the places were reversed in the 200 metres with Parker getting the better of Bohannon for 4th and 6th respectively with times of 29.65secs and 30.36secs respectively.

Samuel Rayson recorded a big new personal best in the high jump to win the under 15 event with a national grade 4 effort of 1.55.  Ben Groves was also in personal best form in the same event jumping 1.45m for 4th place.  Rayson also ran a new personal time in the 80m hurdles for 2nd with 13.96secs.  Freya McGinlay also produced a superb new personal best mark of 6.39m to win the under 13 girls shot putt.  Thomas Kavanagh won the under 17 men’s Long Jump with 4.09m and Keiran Finch took the under 20 men’s high jump (1.60m) as well as finishing 2nd in the Long Jump (5.57m).

Tia Brown once again lowered her personal best for the 100 metres as she took a very competitive 3rd place in the final of the under 17 lady’s event with 13.43secs.  Charlotte Kavanagh jumped very well with a new personal best clearance of 1.25m in the under 13 girl’s high jump to finish joint 2nd.  Other top 3 Bicester placings included Django La Porte who was 2nd in the under 13 boy’s 75m hurdles (16.09secs) and Emily Benfield who was 2nd in the senior lady’s Long Jump (5.15m).  There were also good efforts from Edward Joliffe who recorded a fine 2mins 29.09secs in the under 15 boy’s 800 metres, Amy Willis who was 4th in a very competitive under 15 girl’s Long Jump (4.16m) and Michael Cadle who produced a new personal best leap of 4.28 in the under 15 boy’s Long Jump.


Written by N Dolden.