Bicester AC athletes excelled themselves in the recently held Heart of England Division match hosted by Kidderminster and Stourport Athletic Club.  In a closely contested competition Bicester finished 4th out of the 7 competing clubs only three points away from 3rd place.  This was a superb competitive performance from the 20 athletes who made the journey.  Performances included a minimum of 33 personal bests as well as 13 national grade marks.  Bicester achieved no less than 10 A string wins through the afternoon.

Three of Bicester’s wins were achieved by the ever improving Naoimi Ejiogu, who is in her first competitive season of track and field action.  Not for the first time this season Ejiogu excelled over a range of different disciplines.  She ran one of the fastest times by a Bicester female in recent years, in the under 15 girl’s 200m, which was her debut at the distance clocking a superb 27.6secs, also a national grade 4 performance.  She also added 44cms to her personal best with another win in the long jump and a national grade 4 leap 4.69m.  Her trio of wins was completed in the shot where she putted a new personal best putt of 7.79m.

Another athlete having his first track and field season is Erlgean Appiahkorang-Mensah, who maintained his record of achieving track and field personal bests every time he has competed.  His one win came in the under 13 boy’s long jump where he leapt to a superb new best of 4.27m, a national grade 4 mark.  He lost out narrowly in the 800m but still achieved runner up spot with another new best of 2mins 27.0secs, which is a national grade 3 mark.  Appiahkorang-Mensah continues to impress in the shot and his putt of 7.34m for 2nd place was his first putt over 7 metres and is a national grade 4 mark.

Kyle Rayson continues to impress over a range of different events and he achieved a trio of bests and national grade marks in Sunday’s competition.  One of his two wins came in the under 15 boy’s high jump where he leapt to a new personal best and national grade 4 mark of 1.55m.  Rayson also triumphed in the 80m hurdles, where he matched his previous national grade 3 best of 12.7secs.  

Four of Bicester’s wins on the day came in the under 13 girl’s events.  There was a superb effort by the winning Bicester team of Alyssa Johnson, Amber Busby, Grace Jarvey and Isla Wooding in the 4 by 100 metre relay where they ducked under 59secs for the first time and were just 2 tenths of a second away from the club record.  Alyssa Johnson won on her 70m hurdles debut with a national grade 4 clocking of 13.2secs and also picked up a first place in the high jump (1.20m).   Isla Wooding produced a superb debut performance in winning the under 13 girl’s discus with an impressive 14.60m throw which was only just short of a national grade performance.  There was a superb new best for Amber Busby in the 800m (2mins 41,5secs) and Busby also achieved bests in the shot where she was 2nd in the A event (5.34m) as well as equalling her best in the 200 (31.3secs) where she finished 2nd in the B event.  Grace Jarvey sprinted well in the 100m and 200 where she finished 2nd in both of the A strings with new bests and national grade 4 marks respectively of 14.5secs and 30.3secs.

The under 15 boys were also in superb form and all came away with new bests despite some competing in unfamiliar events.  Lincoln Jones was a superb winner of the A string long jump with a new best leap of 4.91m.  Jones also set a new best in winning the B 100m clocking a national grade 4 mark of 12.5secs.  Jones also finished 2nd in the A 200m (26.5secs).  Robson Matthews competed in his first high jump competition since 2018 and won the B string with a 1.30m clearance.  He also ran in his first ever competitive 800m clocking 2mins 45.9secs.  And Kyle McLeod ran a national grade 4 in the 300m with 42.0secs to finish 4th, there was a personal best in the shot (5.15m) whilst his 5th place in the A 100m (13.0secs) equalled his 100m best.

Georgia Bower matched her previous best in the under 15 girl’s 100m with 3rd place and a national grade 4 clocking of 13.5secs.  Bower also managed a personal best for this weight of the discus with 2nd place and a throw of 14.02m.  Bower also jumped well for 2nd in the B long jump (3.92m).  Bethany Wetton just missed out on bests for the high jump and 800m with 3rd place in the A high jump and a 1.33m clearance and 5th in the 800m (3mins 00.6secs).  And Angelica Bird ran 15.5 secs in the 100m for 5th in the B event.  The 4 by 100m relay quartet of Ejiogu, Bower, Wetton and Bird ran the fastest time by an under 15 girl’s Bicester quartet since 2015 as they clocked 57.0secs to finish 3rd.

The under 11 boys competed well finishing as equal 2nd team on the day in the under 11 boy’s team table.  Oliver Jarvey achieved the highest place on the day with 2nd in the 75m with a new best of 12.0secs.  Cyrus Aria took a big chunk out of his best in the 600m with 3rd place in the A event and a 2mins 4.7secs clocking.  There was a good howler effort from Luke Ham who threw 26.76m for 4th.  Bicester’s other scorer was Joshua Bird in the long jump (1.89m).

At the other end of the age spectrum Katie Groves finished runner up in each of her three events.  This included a new best in the long jump (4.41m) and a season’s best in the shot putt (8.14m).  There were new bests for Finlay Haynes in the under 13 boy’s shot, where he putted 5.69m for 2nd in the B event and he also clocked 3mins 12.6secs in his first attempt at the 800m.  And Jack Ham gained valuable points for the club in the under 13 boy’s 100m (17.2secs) and long jump (2.78m).