Bicester AC had one of their best turn outs for years in a Motavation series fielding no less than 9 runners in the first round of the summer road running series hosted by Kidlington Running Club which was held last Thursday at Charlton on Otmoor. There was a field of 428 runners braving very wet conditions over a distance of approximately 5.2 miles.
No less than 4 Bicester AC runners made up the top 100 of finishers all of whom were in the under 19 age category. This was all the more meritorious given that they were competing against older athletes many with significantly more road running experience.
Owen Stocker was making his competitive debut on the road and ran a tremendous race to lead the Bicester contingent home in 17th position with a superb sub 30 minute clocking of 29mins 36secs. Stocker was also the 3rd under 19 male finisher. He was followed home by Isaac Moran, also making his competitive road race debut who finished in the top 50 with 47th (31mins 44secs). Not far behind was Isaac’s twin brother Joshua, also making his road running debut and he did well to finish 55th (32mins 10secs).
Anna Jolliffe competed with distinction in last year’s series and she started this year’s campaign well with a fine 81st (33mins 14secs). She was top finisher in the under 19 female category and was also 5th female finisher out of the 173 competing ladies.
Ben Groves did well to make the top quarter of the field finishing 107th (34mins 14secs) which was all the more meritorious given his track background in the jumps and sprints. Anna Jolliffe’s father Darren made his debut for the club, and he performed well for 149th (36mins 09secs).
Paul Jones was making his competitive road running debut for the club and ran a nice race making the top half of finishers in 192nd (38mins 35secs). Tom Gould was Bicester’s eighth finisher placing 368th in 49mins 18secs. The Bicester finishers were completed by Paul Groves, who swapped the Board room for running shoes and made the top 400 with 397th (49mins 54secs) in what was his first competitive road race debut.