Chiltern League Country League – Teardrop Lakes, MK.
The second round of the Chiltern league Cross Country took place on Saturday 12th November at Teardrop Lakes Milton Keynes with 13 runners taking part from Bicester AC. This event was opened up to non Chiltern League participants and as a consequence the event attracted runners from across the country attracting British internationals and national school track medalists
Ben West, in his first year of the under 17 age group took on several under 20 competitors as well. All in all, West acquitted himself against strong opposition in an event won by a national schools track silver medalist. West was 20th in the open under 17 race, but significantly matched his excellent effort in race 1 by finishing 2nd in the Chiltern league race clocking 19mins 53secs, which was just 4 seconds off the winning time. West has already opened up a lead in the overall division 2 standings after two events.
Max Nicolle produced his best ever effort in the under 15 boy’s race. Like West, Nicolle is in his first year of his age group and had to contend with several non Chiltern League runners. Although he was 31st out of the 96 finishers in the open race, Nicolle improved 17 positions over his first round effort in the Chiltern League event placing 13th with a 16mins 4 secs clocking. Nicolle was 2nd in the division 2 race, which was an improvement of 5 places on his first round effort.
Imogen Cox has made a fine start to the cross country season and she produced another fine effort in the under 11 girl’s race placing 23rd in 7mins 40secs in the 74 strong field. She was accompanied in the under 11 race by clubmate Alanna O’Neill who was 56th in 8mins 39secs. Only one Bicester AC runner took part in the under 11 boy’s race where Owen Stocker ran well for 58th in 7mins 38secs out of the 104 finishers.
Tom Gould had a thankless task in the senior men’s race as he took on amongst others British international Andy Vernon, who ran out the eventual winner. Gould clocked 39mins 51secs for 249th in the open race out of the 448 finishers. He fared much better in the division 2 race where he placed 48th out of the 134 finishers.
Freddie Taylor just managed a first half finish in the under 13 boy’s race placing 48th (10mins 41secs) of the 97 finishers. Taylor was 7th out of the 22 finishers in division 2 with clubmate James Rendell placing 14th (11mins 52secs). There were two runners in the under 13 girl’s race with cross country newcomers Amy Willis 81st (12mins 29secs) and Natalia Cox 108th (14mins 26secs).
The biggest Bicester contingent was in the under 15 girl’s race with Amy Gould heading the team home in 59th (15mins 18secs). She was 14th in the division 2 race with Molly Acton placing 25th in the division 2 race with a 17mins 37secs clocking and Holly Hunter just one place behind (18mins 18secs).