Bicester AC enjoyed another excellent a record turnout in the second round of the Chiltern League Cross Country held last Saturday in Milton Keynes including two new runners. This second event combined with the cross challenge so several athletes competing were from outside of the normal Chiltern League competing clubs. This did give some of the races a distinctly competitive edge.

Big Bicester improver on the day was Amelia Cox who produced the run of her career in the under 15 girl’s race over 3,500 metres. Cox was 26th in the 100 strong field clocking 14mins 30 secs beating 6 of the division 2 runners who had finished in front of her in the last race and actually finishing 6th in the Chiltern League race as well as placing 3rd in the division 2 event. Significantly she finished just over half a minute down on the athlete who won the previous weekend’s Oxford Mail Cross Country League event. Cox’s teammate Lucy Tear was 104th (17mins 42secs).

Ben West won the division 2 under 17 men’s race showing that he had lost none of his dash from last year as he took 26th place (19mins 37secs) in the open race with several cross challenge athletes competing. West was actually 3rd best of the Chiltern League competitors.

There was another strong performance from Max Nicolle in the under 15 boy’s race run over 4,400 metres. Nicolle was 17th (15mins 53secs) in the 107 strong field which was 4th best finisher amongst the Chiltern League finishers and earned him 2nd place in the division 2 race, just 7 secs down on first place. Bicester’s best team finish was in the under 15 boy’s race where they just missed out on first place in the division 2 event. Once again Edward Joliffe produced another solid cross country effort with 45th place and 7th amongst the division 2 runners with a 17mins 15secs clocking. Samuel Worfolk was just 15secs down in 54th and Michael Alborzpour 70th in 18mins 09 secs.

There was a strong performance from the Bicester team in the under 13 girls event. Lucy McGrath improved markedly on her first round run with a fine 32nd place in the open event (11mins 33secs) which was 8th best amongst the division 2 runners. Anna Joliffe was 44th in 11mins 45secs, Imogen Cox 51st in 12mins 11secs and Amy Willis 70th (12mins 30secs). The team were 4th best amongst the competing division 2 teams.

Bicester had a strong team numerically in the under 11 boy’s race run over 2,100 metres with Owen Stocker leading the team home in 44th place (7mins 33secs). There was an excellent debut run from Jack Murphy who was 50th in 7mins 47sec. He was followed by Kyle Rayson who was 57th (7mins 54secs). Bicester’s other finishers were Django La Porte (7mins 57secs) and newcomer Joe Johnson who was 90th in 8mins 57secs.

Bicester AC welcomed back Tom Gould, taking a brief sojourn from his university studies to finish 408th in the senior men’s race clocking 46mins 35secs for the 8,900 metre circuit. And Zofia Conway was Bicester’s sole runner in the under 11 girl’s race as she placed 58th in the 78 strong field (8mins 46secs).

Written by N Dolden