Chiltern Cross Country League – Horspath
Bicester AC took a team of 12 to the first round of the Chiltern Cross Country League held last Saturday at Horspath. 37 runners took part in the under 17 event ran over a course just short of 4 miles with Ben West Bicester’s main hope. Despite this being his first cross country race in this age group, West coped seamlessly with the step up. In the end West failed by just 3 seconds to record a famous victory against a more senior opponent who placed in this year’s national Schools Championships and has personal bests that were better than West’s. However in finishing runner up, West finished comfortably clear of two good athletes in 3rd and 4th places. His final time was 19mins 22secs and as Bicester AC are in division 2 he was the comfortable winner of the divisional race. This run represents a further advance for West in what promises to be an interesting season for the Bicester athlete.
Millie Couzens, fresh from her outstanding season on the track, once again showed her incredible versatility with a fine opening win in the division 2 under 13 girl’s race. She was also 4th in the combined division 1 and 2 race out of the 97 who finished. Under 20 Tom Gould equipped himself well against more senior opposition in the senior men’s race placing 59th out of the 136 finishers in the division 2 race. Max Nicolle in his first cross country race in the older under 15 age group placed a fine 7th in the division 2 race clocking 14mins 10 secs. And he was well supported by Samuel Worfolk who was 15th in 15mins 42 secs.
Freddie Taylor was in good form in the under 13 division race clocking 13 mins 12 secs with James Rendell 16th in 12mins 33secs. In the under 15 girl’s race Amy Gould performed well for 14th (14mins 37secs) and she was supported by Holly Hunter who forsook her normal throwing events for 28th (17mins 22secs).
There was a Bicester debutant in the under 11 boy’s race with Owen Stocker performing very well for a top half finish in 35th clocking 8 mins 32secs. And in the under 11 event Hollie Offord was 39th (9mins 17secs) with debutant Alanna O Neill 41st (9mins 27secs).