Bicester AC’s comparatively recent decision to enter teams for the Chiltern Cross Country League reaped its reward last Saturday at Campbell Park Milton Keynes as three of its athletes walked away with individual awards in the final Chiltern League event of the season.
Ben West, who has already won the Oxon Cross Country championships, landed his second cross country award of the Winter as he ran out a resounding winner of the under 17 division 2 race, topping the division 2 final standings. The division 1 runners compete with the division 2 competitors in the same race and West again produced a fantastic performance in the overall race beating all bar one of the division one runners in clocking 18min 48secs. He has never been out of the first three in any Chiltern league race this season and remained unbeaten in all of the division 2 races. West is also in his first year of the older age group which makes his performances even more creditable. Thanks to West, Bicester AC finished 3rd in the under 17 men’s team final standings.
Max Nicolle has also been competing in a new age group and after a sticky start has improved throughout the season. He finished 11th in the under 15 boy’s race on Saturday (15mins 12secs) and although he was tied on the same number of points as another runner, better places during the season enabled him to take 3rd place in the division 2 final standings.
Under 20 male athlete Tom Gould has been battling against senior men all season and left one of his best runs for the final race nudging his way into the top half of finishers placing 150th in 33mins 40secs. Gould took finished in 3rd place in the under 20 men final standings helping Bicester AC to 2nd in the under 20 men’s final team standings.
Imogen Cox has competed well in the Chiltern league all season but she was a little below her best in the final event placing 36th in the under 11 girl’s event (7mins 9secs). Freddie Taylor, a model of consistency throughout the season ran another solid race for 41st place in 10min 56secs which was 8th best run amongst the division 2 runners. Amy Willis again equipped herself well in the under 13 girl’s race placing 54th in 12mins 45secs. And Owen Stocker also performed creditably in the under 11 boy’s race with 49th place (6mins 55secs).