Bicester AC held their Winter presentations last Sunday at Bicester School. Bicester’s Cross Country Coordinator Emma Gould stated that it had been a successful season. There had been several individual and team successes in both of the cross country leagues that the club competes in as well as the Oxfordshire County Championships. Several Bicester athletes had been selected to represent their county throughout the season. The club had been able to organise Sunday training at three venues. An additional venue had been added at Croughton which proved extremely useful as it included a circuit with gradients which helped the athletes in their hill work training.
Medals were handed out to athletes that had been earned for finishing in the top three places as an individual, or as part of a team at the Oxfordshire County Championships, the Chiltern Cross Country League and the Oxfordshire Cross Country League. There were also participation medals handed out to Maya Korn, Nancy Alcraft and Cameron Waters for completion of four races in the Oxfordshire League.
Seven awards were presented to athletes which in view of the coaching team had either performed well in training or racing, shown improvement from where they were at the start of the season or contributed in some other way to the success of the season
The best junior boy award went to Owen Stocker. Quite apart from his contribution to training sessions, Stocker has been part of a very successful under 17 men’s team. Stocker has earned three county vests throughout the winter and collected individual bronze and team medals in both of the leagues that Bicester AC compete as well as the County Championships. This included a runner up spot in the second round of the Oxfordshire League event held at Cirencester Park. This has been Stocker’s most successful cross country season and his achievements are all the more meritorious as this is his first season in the under 17 men’s age group.
Best junior girl award went to Anna Jolliffe. She has again performed with distinction earning individual awards in both of the leagues as well as the county championships. She has also earned county vests throughout the season making the top half of a high quality field in the National Schools Cross Country Championships as well as being Oxfordshire’s top finisher in the National Inter County Championships.
Most improved athlete was awarded jointly to Isaac and Joshua Moran. This has been their first season of cross country and like Owen Stocker they are at the junior end of the under 17 men’s age group. They have both progressed throughout the season training superbly and making significant contributions to the under 17 men’s team in both leagues and the county championships. As a reflection of the magnificent performance of the under 17 team, the Moran twins, Stocker along with Finlay Colverson-Martin and Noah Gulvin were awarded the overall contribution trophy. The team achieved a podium place in each of the leagues and the county championships and every one of the team played a part at some stage in these podium finishes.
The girl club member of the year was awarded to Abigail Jones who has gone about her business diligently in the under 15 girl’s age group achieving places in both of the league final standings as well as contributing to training. The equivalent boy’s award was won by Erlgean Appiahkorang-Mensah who has performed well in both the cross country discipline and sportshall. Appiahkorang-Mensah fully encapsulated the values of the club at the Cotswold Farm round of the Oxfordshire League by supporting another runner who needed assistance. And best performance for an under 11 athlete went to Maya Korn who has enjoyed a successful first season of cross country performing consistently well in the Oxfordshire Cross Country League.