Bicester AC finished a close 5th in their latest Heart of England Athletics division 3 match held recently in Nuneaton.  Although on the day they enjoyed several first place they were down on numbers in the under 15 boys and under 13 girl’s age groups.

Although there were only two Bicester athletes competing in the under 15 age group, remarkably they either equalled or bettered their previous bests.  The irrepressible Samuel Rayson enjoyed another fantastic day’s competition.  Although his best events have hitherto been in the jumps, Rayson showed that he can run and throw as well.  He putted the shot over 10 metres for the first time (10.02m) for a splendid win in the shot putt.  He also chipped over 30 seconds off his best to finish second in the 800 metres (2mins 29.4secs).  And in his specialist event the high jump, Rayson set another personal best clearing 1.70m for the first time for the win.   This mark was just 2cm short of a national grade 1 mark and when confirmed will put him 31st in the national rankings for his age group.  Michael Cadle was the other under 15 boy competing and he competed well in the long jump for 2nd place and a big new personal best (4.71m)  He also finished 2nd in the 80m hurdles in a new personal best time of 16.0secs and his leap of 1.35m in the high jump equalled his previous best and was good enough to take the B string.

Bicester’s under 11s are an impressive bunch this year and achieved something of a milestone at Nuneaton.  In the under 11 boy’s, not only did they top the table for their age group but won every event they competed in (A and B string for seven wins.).  And then for good measure Jack Green and Joel Hodges combined with Elsie Jacobs and Lilly Beaugrand to take the mixed 4 by 100 metre relay (64.9secs).  Jack Green is one of Oxfordshire’s brightest all round under 11 talents and he was again in good form at Nuneaton winning the howler (33.09m) and 600 metres (2mins 1.4secs) as well as winning the B 75 metres (11.8secs).  His teammate Joel Hodges landed the A 75 metres (11.7secs) and topped this up with another impressive win in the long jump, adding a further 2cms to his best (3.66m).  And a word for George Mansell who backed Green and Hodges up superbly winning the B howler (22.26m) and B Long Jump (3.1m).

Elsie Jacobs was Bicester’s best under 11 girl competitor in cross country last season and she is now beginning to make her mark on the track.  At Nuneaton she recorded an impressive margin of victory in the 600 metres with a further improvement on her previous best (2mins 1.0secs).  She backed that up with a win in the B Long Jump with a personal best (3.22m) as well as finishing 3rd in the 75 metres (12.1secs).  Jennifer Critchley, who is enjoying a fine season added to Bicester success in the middle distances with a deserved win in the under 15 girl’s 800 metres (2mins 37.6secs).  And Imogen Cox was also a winner as she took the under 15 girl’s 1500 metres with a new personal best time of 5mins 47.8secs.

Freya McGinley made a spectacular debut in the under 15 girls high jump with a win and a clearance of 1.30m.  Amelia Cox, who was 3rd in her specialist event the 1500 metres (5mins 30.5secs), demonstrated versatility by taking the under 17 woman’s javelin with a new personal best throw of 23.70m. Joshua Smith was another middle distance athlete who was diversifying from his main event adding an impressive 9 metres to his previous javelin best taking 2nd place in the under 13 boy’s event with 18.17m.  Smith also set a new personal best in the 100 metres in winning the B       string (14.5secs).

There was a new personal best for Hollie Offord, who leapt over 4 metres for the first time in finishing 2nd in the under 13 girl’s long jump (4.02m).  Kristin Senior also set a new personal best in the under 13 girl’s 800 metres (2mins 50.5secs) where she was 4th .   Robert Charlton made a good leap forward in the under 13 boy’s 1500 metres with a big new personal best in winning the B string (5mins 35.7secs).  Kyle Rayson performed well for 2nd in the under 13 boy’s 200 metres (30.1secs) and there were impressive performances by Zacharia Singer in the under 17 men’s 200 metres where he took the B event with a new personal best time of 25.2secs and only just finished short of his 400 metre best (57.5secs) where he was 3rd. Other B string winners included Robson Matthews in the under 13 boy’s 75m hurdles (16.9secs), Kian Brown in the under 13 boy’s shot (4.35m), Erin Fabri in the under 17 woman’s 100 metres (14.3secs) and Tia Brown in the under 17 woman’s long jump (4.10m).

Written by N Dolden