Three Bicester AC athletes contested the first round of the longstanding motivation road running series held last Thursday at Charlton on Otmoor. It was run over the unusually contested distance of 5.2 miles attracting a field of 318 runners. Edward Jolliffe has just enjoyed a very successful move up to longer distances during last Winter’s cross country season and was among the front runners. He finished a commendable 22nd in the main field and was also 2nd male under 19 finisher clocking 30mins 08secs, comfortably inside 6 minute mile pace. Anna Jolliffe also equipped herself very well with a fine 59th in the main field (32mins 46secs). She was 2nd under 19 lady finisher, and despite giving years away to most of her competitors, managed to finish overall 4th out of the 114 lady finishers. Emily Benfield was Bicester’s other finisher in 304th place clocking 51mins 52 secs.
Written by N Dolden