Bicester AC found the going tough in their inaugural Heart of England League Division 2 match at Bromsgrove. Despite a strong showing by the under 13 boys, the team finished an overall 7th.

There were some strong performances in the middle distances by Bicester athletes and two of the four wins were in these events. Georgia Usher produced one of her best ever track runs to win a competitive under 13 girl’s 1500 metres. Usher produced a national grade 4 time of 5mins 26.3secs, knocking some 13 secs off her previous best. Bicester’s other 1500 metre win came from Ben West who continued his rich vein of form by easily taking the under 17 men’s event in a national grade 3 time of 4mins 16.4secs .

Amber Parker produced another improved effort in the shot beating 15 other competitors to take first with a national 4 grade putt of 8.34m. And Samuel Rayson continues to prove hard to beat in the 75m hurdles and reeled off another win in the under 13 race clocking a national grade 4 time of 14.6secs. Rayson was also a fine 3rd in the shot with a personal best of 6.70m as well as placing 5th in the B 100 metres (14.8secs).

Joshua Parker produced a splendid effort to finish 3rd in the under 13 boy’s 100 metres with a national grade 4 time of 13.9secs as well as a sub 30 second personal best effort in the 200 metres (29.8secs) finishing 4th. There was another national grade 4 effort by Ben Groves, who was 2nd in the under 13 boy’s high jump, and Groves also gained valuable points for the club in the long jump (3.64m) and 200 metres (31.6secs). Michael Cadle ran a cracking under 13 boy’s 1500 metres for 3rd and a new personal best clocking of 5mins 22.4secs.

Further personal bests in the 1500 metres came in the under 15 girl’s event. Competing in her first track event of the season, Millie Couzens shaved a further two seconds in placing 3rd in the A event (5mins 16.2secs). And there was something of a track revival over the distance by Amelia Cox as she smashed her previous best by 20secs in taking 3rd place in the B event (5mins 30.8secs).

Sam White has started the season in fantastic form and lowered his best in the under 15 boy’s 100 metres with 3rd place and a national grade 4 time of 12.4secs. White went one better in the 300 metres with 2nd and a national grade 4 effort of 41.9secs. White was also 5th in the 200 metres with a personal best clocking of 25.8secs. Rayner gave sterling support to White in the sprints, which included a fine 3rd in the 100 metres (13.2secs), but saved his best effort for the long jump where was 3rd with a leap of 4.83m. There was a personal best for Sean Lock in the B 800 metres ( 3rd in 2mins 31.4secs). And Tia Brown also produced a good effort for 4th place in the under 15 girls 100 metres (14.1secs).

Molly Acton continues to run well in the under 17 lady events taking 2nd place in the 800 metres (2mins 31.7secs) and 4th in the 300 metres (46.2secs). The best Bicester relay performance of the day came from the under 13 boys race with the Bicester quartet of Michael Cadle, Ben Groves, Samuel Rayson and Joshua Parker finishing an eye catching 3rd with a 60.1secs clocking. And in the under 11 event both Alex Nicolaides and Matthew Barker threw well in the howler placing 3rd (24.68m) and 2nd (24.04m) respectively in the A and B strings. Kyle Rayson was a good 2nd in the B 75 metres clocking 12.60secs).

Written by Nick Dolden