The final round of this season’s round of the Chiltern Cross Country League took place last Saturday at Shuttleworth Park Biggleswade. Sadly, it was a rather chaotic end to what had hitherto been an interesting and well run cross country series.  What started out as car parking issues descended into confusion leading to the outright cancellation of two of the races as the cross country action was brought to a premature end.  No prizes were awarded on the day and there are still some question marks over whether the series standings, that are now showing up on the Chiltern League website, will be made official.

Bicester AC’s Finlay Colverson- Martin was denied his finale as the under 17 men’s race was one of the two races cancelled. Colverson-Martin was a close 2nd in the division 2 standings prior to the final round. It now looks likely that this will be his confirmed position in the final standings.

For those who were able to compete, two Bicester athletes just missed out on top three division 2 places.  Anna Jolliffe, who was not a contender in the series standings, produced one of her best performances of the season as she finished 7th in the combined division 1 and 2 under 17 woman’s race run over 5km.  She was 2nd finisher in the division 2 event just 6 seconds behind the division 2 winner clocking 18mins 13secs.  Jenny Critchley just missed out on a top three placing in the final standings, dropping a place in the final event, as she finished 15th in 19mins 08secs.  Bicester AC finished 3rd in the final under 17 women team standings.

Edward Jolliffe has performed consistently well throughout the season against older athletes and the under 20 Bicester athlete ended his Chiltern League season with a fine 49th in the senior men’s race clocking 33mins 52secs for the 9km course.  Bicester’s other competitor was Arran Critchley, who kept up his record of competing in every cross country league race throughout the 2021/22 season, placing 81st with 51mins 12secs.

Bicester’s other near miss in the final standings was Tabitha Bosley, who made a bold bid to push into the top three in the final under 13 girl’s division 2 standings.  Despite beating the third placed runner, it was not quite good enough to overturn the points deficit. Bosley finished 4th in the final division 2 standings after placing a creditable 26th in the combined division 1 and 2 race clocking 12mins 24secs for the 3km distance. One of Bicester’s best team performances have been in the under 15 boy’s event.  Noah Gulvin has produced a good level of consistency throughout the season, and he led the team home in 22nd place clocking 14mins 51secs for the 4km circuit.  Owen Stocker completed the team finishers in 33rd (15mins 41secs).  The team finished 3rd in the final division 2 standings.

Written by N Dolden.