Leo Blyton and Owen Stocker continued their rich vein of cross country form in the penultimate round of the Chiltern League held last Saturday at Cassiobury Park. They were one of 10 Bicester athletes contesting this latest round.
Leo Blyton has achieved a high standard throughout the season and produced another outstanding performance in the under 13 boy’s contest run over 3km. Blyton finished 6th out of 68 finishers in the mob race contested by both division 1 and division 2 athletes clocking a swift looking 9mins 45secs. Blyton was 3rd out of the division 2 runners and although the standings have not yet been confirmed, unofficially Blyton is very much on the mix for a top 3 placing in the final standings with one event to go.
Owen Stocker has spent the winter season setting all sorts of bests and aet another first on Saturday achieving his highest ever Chiltern League placing with a magnificent 5th place out of the 44 finishers in the under 17 men’s event contested over a 6km course. Stocker finished 3rd in the division event which should improve on his 6th place in the individual standings with one race left. Stocker was part of another very good team effort from the Bicester AC under 17 team. Joshua Moran is enjoying his best cross country season and he finished in the top half of finishers in 21st place with 19mins 45secs. And Isaac Moran completed the team scorers in 29th (21mins 03secs) which enabled the team to take first place on the day in the division 2 team event and leaves them in a strong 2nd in the overall team standings with one event remaining.
There was a strong performance from Edward Jolliffe who was having only his second run of the winter season for Bicester AC. Although as an under 20 he was amongst the younger end of athletes contesting the senior men’s race contested over 10km, Jolliffe ran well for 60th out of the 348 finishers clocking 38mins 14secs. Jolliffe finished 14th out of the 112 athletes, who contested the division 2 event, and was also 2nd division 2 under 20 runner.
There was a strong run from Erlgean Appiahkorang-Mensah, who improved his placing in the under 15 boy’s race compared to his previous effort earlier in the season. Appiahkorang-Mensah was 23rd in the 68 strong field and 5th in the division 2 race clocking 16mins 56secs for the 4.5km distance. Bicester AC had two athletes in the under 15 girl’s contested over 4.5km. Ella Myers-Finnegan and Kate O Malley have had something of season long rivalry and it was Myers-Finnegan who came out best on this occasion in 42nd clocking 20mins 18secs for 4.5km course and was also 7th in the division 2 event. O Malley was a little below her best in 55th (21mins 22secs) with the team finishing 4th. Emily Benfield was Bicester’s sole representative in the senior lady’s race run over 6km finishing 188th in 31mins 50secs.