Bicester AC were a competitive 4th in the final round of their division 3 Heart of England match at Corby held on 8 July.

Tia Brown, competing in her first year in the under 17 age group has proved very hard to beat and she again enjoyed a highly successful day’s competition.  She was only just outside her best time in winning the 100 metres (13.2secs) and continued her fine improvement in the Long jump winning with  leap of 4.42m (her teammate Emily Benfield took the B event with 4.22m) as well as finishing a good 2nd in the 200 metres (28.4secs).  Not to be outdone, Joseph Rayner was equally impressive in the men’s under 17 events.  Rayner leapt a fine season’s best in winning the high Jump (1.60m) as well as winning the Long Jump (5.31m).  Thomas Kavanagh was also in personal best form in the 800 metres where he finished 3rd in 2mins 16.7secs.

The under 13 girls had been threatening to break the 4 by 100 metre club record relay all season and the team of Freya Mcginley, Hollie Offord, Isla Bohannon and Charlotte Kavanagh finally did it at Corby finishing 4th with 58.7secs.  It was a good day all round for the Bicester under 13 girls and they were the leading team on the day in that age group which included several fine individual performances.

It was a fantastic day for Anna Couzens who produced a national grade 4 and new personal best winning leap of 1.28m in the high jump.  Not content with that Couzens also ran a new personal best time of 2mins 59.8 secs in finishing 3rd in the B 800 metres.  Her twin sister Isabella was also in pb form in the B string 1500 metres where she finished 2nd with 5mins 49.4secs.  Jennifer Critchley was 2nd in the A event also with a pb (5mins 45.5secs) and ran a pb in the 70m hurdles where she finished 2nd in the B event (14.9secs).

Isla Bohannon continued her fine Summer form with another win in the 100 metre (14.3secs) as well as winning the B shot (4.74m) where teammate Freya Mcginley took 2nd in the A string (5.99m).  Charlotte Kavanagh enjoyed a good afternoon’s competition as she swept to a new personal best leap of 3.75 taking 2nd in the B string (3.75) as well as finishing 3rd in the A 200 metres (31.3secs).  Hollie Offord continues to show great consistency in the Long Jump where was 2nd in the A with 3.86m as well as finishing 3rd in the A 75m hurdles (14.9secs).

Bicester’s other age group success was in the under 11 girl’s age group.  The girls excelled themselves with a slew of personal bests.  There was a double first in the 600 metres with Jasmin Hendon taking the A string (2mins 7.5secs) and Elsie Jacobs the B with a new personal best time of 2mins 8.3secs.  Lilly Beaugrand threw the longest howler by any Bicester girl this season finishing 2nd (16.57m) with Bethany Wetton also recording a new personal best taking 2nd in the B event (15.28m).  Beaugrand and Wetton  were also 2nd in their strings of the Long Jump with personal best leaps of 3.22m and 3m respectively.  And Hendon and Jacobs also ran personal bests in the 75m with 12.5secs and 12.6secs respectively.

There was a brilliant new personal best putt for Jacob Gough who won the under 13 boy’s shot put event with a national grade 4 putt of 7.07m.  Gough also produced a fine throw in the javelin to take 2nd (22.20m) with teammate Lewis Standage taking 2nd place in the B event (11.14m).  Samuel Rayson took further seconds off his personal best in winning the under 15 boy’s 80m hurdles with a national grade 4 effort of 13.4secs.  Rayson was also 2nd in the A Long Jump (4.33m) with teammate Ben Groves taking the B event (4.25m).  Groves also placed 2nd in the high jump (1.40m).

Successes were elusive for Bicester in the under 15 girl’s events but there was a double first in the shot with Amber Parker taking the A event (9.19m) and Erin Fabri the B (6.64m).  And Georgia Usher produced the highest jump by a Bicester female this season taking 4th place with 1.35m.  Kyle Rayson enjoyed a good afternoon’s competition sweeping to victory with a season’s best of 11.20m in the 75m as well as taking the Long Jump 3.40m.  Rayson also threw the longest howler by a Bicester athlete this season (23.37m).

Written by N Dolden.