Seven Bicester AC athletes were selected to compete for Oxfordshire at the recent CAU Inter County Cross Country Championships held at Wollaton Park, Nottingham, bringing together the cream of Britain’s top cross country runners.  Teams could field up to 8 athletes but only the first 4 runners home counted as scorers.

Bicester AC had two athletes selected for the under 13 boy’s race run over 3km  which attracted a field of 297 finishers and 40 teams.  It’s been quite the season for Leo Blyton who only the previous weekend was crowned Oxfordshire League Champion.  Blyton, running in his first ever inter county event, produced another superb run to place 57th (11mins 22secs) and was 2nd scorer in the Oxfordshire county rteam.  Darragh Cassidy has shown improved form throughout the winter and produced one of his best runs to take 61st in 11mins 24secs, just 2 seconds behind Blyton.  This represented a huge improvement on Cassidy’s run in the corresponding event last year where he finished 237th.  Cassidy was Oxfordshire’s third scorer with the team finishing a creditable 13th, one of the county’s better team performances on the day.

Oxfordshire did not manage to complete a team for the under 20 women’s event contested over a 6km course but the two Oxfordshire runners who competed included Bicester AC’s Anna Jolliffe who, like Blyton, had been crowned Oxfordshire Cross Country League Champion the previous week.  Jolliffe performed well to finish in the top half of finishers, in what is her first year in the age group, placing 78th (23mins 28secs) representing her best placing in this event.

Owen Stocker just missed out on making the Oxfordshire scoring team as he was Oxfordshire’s 5th runner home in the under 17 men’s event contested over 6km.  Stocker performed creditably to finish 187th in the 290 strong field clocking 20mins 08secs.  This was Stocker’s best placing in this event.

Bicester had two athletes selected for the under 15 girl’s race and both performed well in what is their first year in this age group.  Ella Myers – Finnegan just missed out on making the scoring team as 5th Oxfordshire runner home placing 245th out of the 294 finishers clocking 17mins 40 secs for the 4km course.  This was Myers-Finnegan’s best placing in this event.  Kate O Malley was competing in her first national inter county event and she was not far behind Myers-Finnegan in 257th (18mins 04secs).

George Hart earned his first ever county vest in the under 15 boy’s race run over 4km and performed creditably to finish 241st out of the 295 finishers clocking 14mins 45secs.