Bicester AC took part in the final round of the season long Chiltern Cross Country League last Saturday held in Bedford.  It has been a successful season for the Bicester under 17s as they secured division 2 individual and team bronzes in the under 17 men’s final standings and an individual bronze in the under 17 woman’s competition.

Bicester had three runners in the under 17 men’s race run over 6.1km.  Although he has had a truncated Winter season, Finlay Colverson-Martin led the Bicester team home finishing 14th in the mob race (which incorporates runners from both division 1 and 2) and was 2nd division 2 finisher.  The Moran twins have contributed magnificently to both this league and the Oxfordshire cross country league in what has been their maiden season of cross country running.  Joshua has had to play second fiddle to brother Isaac for most of the season but has been improving steadily in recent races and just got the verdict on this occasion with 27th place (21mins 27secs) just 3  seconds and one place ahead of Isaac.  The team finished 2nd on the day.

As for the series it was the absent Owen Stocker who did enough in his opening four races to secure a superb individual bronze in the final under 17 men’s series standings in what is his first year in the age group.  Stocker along with Colverson – Martin, Isaac and Joshua Moran and Noah Gulvin all managed to contribute at least one scoring performance throughout the season to enable the team to finish 3rd in the final team standings.

Anna Jolliffe has battled hard throughout the season and ran another fine race in Bedford on Saturday securing 15th place out of the 51 finishers in the under 17 lady’s race clocking 19mins 53secs for the 5.2km distance.  This was good enough for 3rd place in the division 2 race and helped her secure the individual bronze in the final under 17 woman standings.

Erlgean Appiahkorang-Mensah has managed a good level of improvement in his cross country performances compared to last year as well as performing outstandingly well in the indoor Oxfordshire Sportshall competition.  He again raced well on Saturday to finish 16th   (11mins 38secs) out of the 64 finishers in the under 13 mob boy’s race run over 3.2km which was good enough for 3rd place in the division 2 event.  He was 5th in the final division 2 standings.  Max Finnegan was Bicester’s 2nd placer in 43rd (12mins 40secs) with Leo Blyton producing a promising performance for 49th (12mins 55secs).  Bicester’s other finisher was Thomas Perry who was 59th (13mins 53secs).  Although the team finished 2nd on the day they finished 4th in the final division 2 team standings.

Ella Myers-Finnegan produced a strong run for 26th in the under 13 girl’s race run over 3.2km clocking 13mins 31secs.  Bicester’s other finisher, Emelie Stocker, an ever present throughout the season, ran determinedly for 42nd (18mins 09secs).  Although 3rd on the day the team finished 4th in the final division 2 standings.

There was a series finish for another ever present Cameron Waters and he again ran well in the under 11 boy’s for 30th clocking 8mins 5secs.  Abigail Jones was Bicester’s sole finisher in the under 15 girl’s event placing 49th in 18mins for the 4.1km distance and she did well to place in the final series standings in her first year in the age group.

Bicester had two men in the senior men’s race run over the longest distance of the day (10km).  Paul Jones was Bicester’s first placer in 260th (46mins 50secs).  Arran Critchley had one of the his best runs of the Winter season in 271st (47mins 52secs).  Both men did well to record placings in the final series standings.  And Emily Benfield was Bicester’s sole competitor in the senior lady’s race (6.1km) placing 163rd (33mins 38secs).