Elsie Jacobs capped an extraordinary 7 days last Saturday by winning her second cross country league race within a week in the latest round of the Chiltern League at Teardrops Lake Milton Keynes, which also incorporated a round of the British Athletics Cross Challenge. Jacobs clocked 6mins 54secs in the under 11 girl’s race which yielded 94 finishers. Run over a 1.75km course, Jacobs was a second faster than round one winner Eleanor Pearce (Marshal Milton Keynes AC) with two guest runners occupying third and fourth places. Her win represented an impressive turnaround of form compared to the previous race defeating the three runners who had finished in front of her in round 1. Jacobs was the only Oxfordshire club runner to win on the day and she is the first Bicester AC female to ever win a race in the Chiltern League.  Amber Busby ran well for 48th place (8mins 13secs) and Maya Evans completed the team scorers in 78th place (8mins 56secs) with the team in 5th after two events.

Owen Stocker produced his highest ever finish in a Chiltern League event to finish 11th in the under 13 boy’s race which attracted a field in excess of 100 runners.  Excluding the guest runners, he was actually 8th in the Chiltern League event and 6th placed division 2 runner clocking 10mins 51secs for the 2.9km circuit, which was only 18 seconds short of the 2nd placed division 2 runner. Stocker spearheaded another strong team challenge from the under 13 boys with Joshua Smith next in, placing a commendable 30th (11mins 22secs). Smith, who was having only his second cross country race, finished 13th amongst the division 2 runners where there were over 40 finishers. The team placings were completed by Robert Charlton who was 67th (12mins 19secs) and this combined effort from the team moved the Bicester team up two places to 3rd after two rounds.

Lucy McGrath enjoyed a much better race experience than race 1 and produced a fine effort to place 33rd in the under 15 girl’s race clocking 17mins 33secs for the 4.15km circuit. There were a lot of guest runners in this race due to the event being combined with the British Cross Challenge so excluding these McGrath was actually 12th in the Chiltern League event, which was an improvement of 30 places on round 1.  She was 6th best amongst the division 2 runners and only 22seconds behind the first placed division 2 runner.  Sky Armstrong, making her Chiltern League debut finished 84th (24mins 43secs) and the team lies in 8th place after two events

George Mansell was Bicester’s sole runner in the under 11 boy’s race placing 54th (7mins 44secs) for the 1.75km course. And Lucy Montague was 116th in the under 17/20 lady’s race clocking 26mins 39secs (4.8km).

Written by N Dolden.