A small contingent of Bicester AC athletes competed in Oxfordshire’s first outside track and field fixture, the Charles Kear Open Memorial Track meeting hosted by Radley AC and staged last Sunday at Tilsley Park. There were a number of Bicester personal bests achieved in this first fixture, all the more meritorious as Summer training has yet to commence.

Holly Offord has moved up an age group this season but this did not prevent her from winning a very competitive under 13 girl’s long jump. She beat 21 others with a new personal best leap of 3.72m. Offord did well in her first attempt at the 70m hurdles taking 2nd in 14.73secs and also placed 7th in the 100 metres (15.90secs). Charlotte Kavanagh was Bicester’s best placed athlete finishing 4th (15.49secs) but it was in the shot putt that she excelled taking the under 13 event with a new personal best putt of 5.88m. Alanna O Neill also competed in the under 13 girl’s 100 metres and she was 16th in 16.81secs as well as finishing 4th in the 70 metre hurdles (16.29secs).

Amber Parker demonstrated that she has wintered well achieving a high standard in her first throwing events of the season. She achieved national graded performances in all three events that she took part in which included a win in a closely contested competition in the under 15 girl’s shot putt with 8.18m.  She was also 2nd in a high quality hammer competition with 28.96m and the discus where she threw 21.39m.

Kyle Rayson did well to finish overall 5th in the under 11 boy’s quad competition bagging 3 new personal bests in the process. He was joint fastest in the 75m with 11.7secs and he achieved his highest point score in the 600m where he ran 2mins 04secs. These were supplemented with a further personal best in the howler (23.79m) but the Long Jump was his one disappointing competition (3.06m). Bicester also fielded three under 11 girls in the Quad competition with Isabelle Smith 14th, Annie Rose Willis 16th and Mia Stark 18th.

Michael Cadle was the only other male Bicester AC competitor finishing 9th in the under 15 boy’s 100 metres (15.29secs) and 6th in the shot putt (4.90m).

Written by N Dolden