A contingent of Bicester AC athletes competed in the recently held Charles Kear Memorial Open Graded Track and Field meeting held at Abingdon. It was Oxfordshire’s first all age track and field meeting of the season allowing some of Bicester’s athletes to blow away the cobwebs.
Ben Groves was an outstanding winner in his heat of the high jump leaping to a new personal best clearance of 1.83m. This is Groves’s first season in the under 20 men’s age group and his clearance was just 2cm shy of the under 20 men’s record which has stood since 1998. Groves also made his debut in the 400 metres clocking a promising 57.71secs.
Amber Busby has enjoyed a fine Winter season competing well in cross country and sportshall. She put that experience to good use with a big new personal best run in her heat of the 800m in finishing 3rd , knocking 13secs of her previous best with a 2mins 44.73secs clocking. Finley Colverson-Martin was an easy winner of his heat of the 1500 clocking 4mins 37secs.
Bicester were well represented in the 800m with Kyle Rayson also setting a new personal best finishing 2nd in his heat of the 800m. Rayson’s time of 2mins 33.75 secs was nearly 20 secs faster than his previous outdoor best. Rayson also produced a decent looking 4.76m in the long jump as well as competing in the 80m hurdles where he clocked 13.89secs. Bicester‘s other competitor in the 800m was Jenny Critchley. Having enjoyed her best ever cross country season Critchley took a well earned break from her winter season efforts. She therefore did well to duck under the 2mins 20secs barrier clocking 2mins 19.92secs, a national grade 3 mark and just short of her personal best.
Katie Groves, competing in her first track as an under 17, set a new personal best in the high jump clearing 1.40m for the first time. She also finished 3rd in the her heat of the shot putt (7.35m) as well as throwing 17.67m in discus. Luke Whitmore placed 2nd in his heat of the 200m
Written by N Dolden