Bicester AC finished a fine third in the final match of their Heart of England Athletics Division 3 match held recently at Corby.  There an outstanding performance in the under 11 girl’s 600 metres where Elsie Jacobs smashed the existing club record clocking 1mins 53.2seconds, which was over 10 seconds faster than the next placed finisher.  Jacob’s performance places her 15th in the national rankings for her age group.  Amber Busby also produced a personal best taking 2nd in the under 11 girl’s B string with 2mins 9.1secs.

Bicester have a very strong group of under 11s this year and the boy’s produced another outstanding team effort winning their age group competition, which included a total of 6 wins and 2 seconds.  Jack Green, who is enjoying an outstanding season, won both the howler throwing 37.73m, which was close to his personal best.  He was also victorious in the 600metres where his time of 1mins 56.9secs was only just short of his best.  Not to be outdone, Joel Hodges also completed a win double with firsts in the 75metres (11.8secs) and long jump (3.61m), with the latter only just short of his best.  They were well supported by George Mansell who won the B 600 metres with a best ever clocking of 2mins 5.3secs.  And finally, Green and Hodges combined with Jacobs and Busby to win the mixed 4 by 100 metres relay (64.5secs).

It was a good day for Bicester’s other middle-distance performers with several first places and personal bests.  There was a double first for Bicester in the under 15 girl’s 1500 metres with Anna Jolliffe taking the A in 5mins 16.3secs, which was only just short of her best and Isabella Cozens taking the B string in what was a personal best time of 5mins 28.2secs.  Jenny Critchley has been in splendid winning form of late and she took another first in the under 15 girl’s 800 metres with a 2mins 38secs clocking.  Other middle performances to note was a big step forward for ever improving Robert Charlton in the under 13 boy’s 800 metres (2mins 40.0secs), Kyle Rayson in the same event (2mins 53.7secs), Ethan Lock in the under 13 boy’s 1500 metres (5mins 51.2secs) and Bethany Wetton who was 2nd in the under 13 girl’s 1500 metres with a new best of 6mins 15.5secs.  Edward Jolliffe also ran a new best of 4mins 42.5secs in the under 17 men’s 1500 metres.

Samuel Rayson is enjoying an exceptional season and turned in three national graded efforts.  These included a win and new personal best in the under 15 boy’s long jump (5.32m) a swift 12.7secs for 3rd in the 80m hurdles and a sold clearance of 1.60m for 2nd in the high jump.  He was well supported by teammate Ben Grovers who won the B high jump (1.40m) as well as finishing 3rd in the long jump (4.48m).  Groves’s sister Katie has been in excellent form in the throwing events and she was only just of her best in winning the under 13 girl’s discus (17.47m) as well as taking 3rd in the shot (6.55m) and jumping a new personal best in the high jump with a national grade 4 mark of 1.25m.  Clubmate Bethany Wetton also recorded a new personal best taking 3rd in the B event (1.20m).

Tia Brown has been virtually unbeatable in the sprint events and she recorded a further win in the under 17 lady’s 100 metres (13.1secs) with Erin Fabri taking the B event (14.1secs).  Brown was a little down on her best in the 200 (29.0secs) where she took 3rd with Fabri winning the B (30.2secs).  Harry Turner, who is in his first season at the club, performed very creditably in all of the three individual events he competed in returning a trio of new bests.  These efforts included a win in the under 15 boy’s B 300 metres (46.0secs) and 2nd in the B 200 metres (28.4secs).  Turner then combined with Rayson, Groves, and Michael Cadle to finish 2nd in the under 15 boy’s 4 by 100 metre relay with a season’s best effort of 53.1secs. It was a good day for Bicester bests with Isla Bohannon finishing 3rd in the under 15 girl’s 75m hurdles (14.6secs), Freya McGinlay who was 3rd in the under 15 girl’s shot (7.89m), Zachary Singer who produced the second best time by a Bicester athlete this season in the under 17 men’s 200 metres (25.0secs) and Kyle Rayson who produced a 3.87m leap for 3rd in the under 13 boy’s long jump.

Written by N Dolden.