It was a good day for two of Bicester AC’s athletes in the 4th round of the Chiltern League Cross Country league which took place last Saturday at the Keysoe Equestrian Centre. Both Ben West and Millie Cozens cemented overall individual first places in the overall league standings, in their respective age groups, with just one round to go. Indeed Ben West cannot be caught in the under 17 division 2 competition as he recorded a thumping win in the division 2 race finishing over three minutes clear of the runner up with a 20mins 32secs clocking. It took the best that Milton Keynes could throw at him as he was just denied by old rival Jack Meijer in the overall race that combines division 1 and 2 competitors.
Millie Couzens is in a dominant position in the under 13 girl division 2 standings, with one round to go, but she will still need to finish well placed in the final round to win the overall standings. Couzens achieved her best position at Keysoe as she placed 2nd in overall race with 14mins 14secs which was good enough for 1st place in the division 2 race. This was Bicester’s strongest team race as Couzens was well supported with Amelia Cox running very well for 31st place (13mins 50secs) and Amy Willis, continuing to show improvement as she placed a commendable 53rd in 14mins 51secs.
Max Nicolle has made good progress throughout the season in the under 15 category and moved further up the rankings after finishing 12th (14mins 15secs) in the overall race but 2nd in the division 2 race. Nicolle could still secure a top 3 place in the division 2 series standings with a high placing in the final round. Simon Worfolk was Bicester’s other finisher in the under 15 category placing 59th in 16mins 49secs.
Imogen cox is enjoying a fine season in the under 11 age group and she performed well again for 17th place in a field of 59 finishers clocking 9mins 5secs. She was supported by Alanna O Neill who was 53rd (14mins 51secs).
Under 20 male athlete Tom Gould took part in a very competitive senior men’s race and finished just outside of the top half in 171st (42mins 25secs). And sister Amy Gould just missed out on a top half finish as she placed 37th in the under 15 girl’s race (17mins 47secs).