Bicester AC assisted in the hosting of their first round Division 3 Heart of England match held in Banbury last Sunday.  Bicester AC enjoyed a good turnout of runners with several good individual performances eventually finishing 5th in a closely contested competition.  Tia Brown produced a couple of fine runs in the under17 women sprint events and along with Erin Fabri produced double firsts for Bicester in the 100 metres and 200 metres with Brown producing new personal bests of 12.9secs and 27.9secs respectively in the A strings.  Brown’s time in the 100 metres equalled the under 17 woman’s club record and Fabri’s time of 13.9secs was a new personal best.

Joel Hodges enjoyed a very good afternoon combining with George Mansell to complete a double first for Bicester to win the under 11 boy’s Long Jump with a new personal best leap of 3.64m whilst Mansell’s leap of 3.28m equalled his personal best.  Hodges then completed a win double by taking the 60 metres in a swift 11.3secs before combining with Annie Rose Willis, Georgia Bower and George Mansell to win the mixed 4 by100 metre relay in 66.8secs.  For good measure Hodges also won the B Howler 26.30m with Mansell throwing 26.37m.

In the under 11 girl’s 600 metre Elsie Jacobs ran a very shrewd race to move away from the rest of the field on the 2nd lap to record a new personal best time of 2mins 2.3secs.  Jacobs also set a new personal best in the 75m finishing 3rd in the A string with 11,6secs.

Samuel Rayson maintained his fine start to the season with a brace of wins in the under 15 jumping events leaping over 4.90 metres to win the long jump and clearing a height of 1.60m to win the high jump.  Rayson also combined with Ben Groves, Michael Cadle, and Harry Turner in the 4 by 100 metre relay to finish a fine 3rd in 54.5secs which was the best time for an under 15 boy’s team since 2017.

Katie Groves made something of a breakthrough in the under 13 girl’s discus where she finished a competitive 2nd with a new personal best of 17.75m, a national grade 4 effort and only just short of the club record.  Groves also set a new personal best in the shot of 5.91m where she was also 2nd.  The versatile Michael Cadle continued his fine start to the season where he reeled off a trio of further bests.  He smashed his previous best in the under 15 boy’s 800 metres where he was 3rd in 2mins 30.5secs.   He was fine 2nd in the A shot with a putt of 6.38m and 2nd in the B 200 metres clocking 28.00secs.

George Weston made a fine debut in the under 17 men’s sprints.  Having earlier in the day won the B string 100 metres (12.4secs) Weston then produced a good performance in the 200 metres finishing 2nd in the B event with 24.8secs.  Kristin Senior also enjoyed a good competition with new personal bests in the sprints finishing 5th in the under 13 girl’s B 100 metres with 14.8secs and 4th in the A 200 metres (30.7secs).

Jenny Critchley ran another fine race to finish 2nd in the under 15 girl’s 800 metres clocking 2mins 38secs which was close to her best.  Charlotte Kavanagh managed to better two milestones as she ran under 14secs for the first time in the 100 under 15 girl’s 100 for 2nd in the B string (13.8secs) and also ran under 30secs for the 200 metres for 4th in the A string (29.4secs).  Isla Bohannon also ran under 14secs for the first time in the 100 metres for 3rd in the A string (13.8secs).

There was also a big new personal best for Isabella Couzens where she finished 3rd ( 5mins 40secs) as well as setting a new best in the B high jump with a 1.25m clearance for 2nd.  Evie Mimpress was again in pb form winning the B under 15 girl’s shot (6.39m) where Freya McGinlay was 4th in the A (7.56m).  Jasmine Hendon ran a very well judged race to place 4th in the under 13 girl’s 800 metres (2mins 53.8secs) which was first her attempt at the distance.  And Kyle Rayson set a new personal best in the under 13 boy’s 75m hurdles where he was 2nd (15.0secs)   

Written by N Dolden