There were no less than 49 Bicester AC runners at last Sunday’s latest round of the Oxford Mail Cross Country League held at Bo Peep Farm Adderbury in cold icy conditions.  The event was co-hosted by Bicester AC, in conjunction with Banbury Harriers.

There was success in the team race for Bicester AC in the under 13 girl’s race held over a near 2.5km course with three runners placing in the top 6.  Anna Jolliffe gained revenge over clubmate Lucy McGrath as she emerged as Bicester’s top finisher in 4th (12mins 11secs) just one place and 21 secs ahead of McGrath.  And Imogen Cox produced her best cross country effort for some time as she completed the team scorers in 6th (12mins 46secs).  Bicester’s other finisher was Isabella Couzens who was 18th (14mins 04secs).

There was also a Bicester turnaround in the under 15/17 boy’s race as Hugo Jinks, in only his second cross country race for the club, was first finisher in 7th place overturning previous form with Samuel Worfolk and Loise Bushby.  Jinks was also the 3rd under 15 boy’s finisher clocking 18mins 14secs for the near 4.8km course.  Worfolk was just 2seconds down in 9th with Bushby completing the Bicester scorers in 14th (18mins 55secs).  Bushby remains in a strong 4th place in the overall standings with one race remaining.  There was an improved effort from Edward Jolliffe who was 17th in 19mins 07secs.  Other Bicester finishers were Samuel Njunga 24th (20mins 56secs), Jacob Neal 27th (20mins 56secs), Jamie Conway 28th (21mins 21secs), Michael Cadle 29th (21mins 32secs), Ben Groves 31st (22mins 00secs), Samuel Rayson 33rd (22mins 59secs) and Romi Edwards 34th (23mins 43secs).    

Jago Newton has had an outstanding season in the under 9 mixed category and he again finished an excellent 2nd, and first boy finisher, which leaves him in 2nd place in the overall standings with one event left.  Bicester had one of their biggest ever turnouts in this category with 12 finishers.  Scarlett Lambert was a fine 15th with Tom Court the other finisher in the top 20 (18th).  Other Bicester finishers in the 48

Strong field were Amber Busby 22nd, Henry Unger 25th, Isla Wooding 28th, Zachary Evans 29th, Erin Horseman 30th, Emily Hubbard 45th, Emelie Stocker 46th, Olivia Naidu-Johnson 47th and Sophia Simpson 48th.

Owen Stocker is one of Bicester’s most improved performers this winter and he was again outstanding in the under 13 boy’s race as he placed 6th with 11mins 21secs over the near 2.5km course.  Timothy Jones was Bicester’s next finisher in 22nd (12mins 43secs) with Bicester’s other finishers Robert Charlton 27th (23mins 34secs), Sami Singer 28th (13mins 49secs) and Django La Porte 33rd (14mins 17secs).

Elsie Jacobs has been Bicester’s best runner in the under 11 girl’s age group and she again led the team home in 13th place (6mins 42secs) over the near 1.5km course.  Abigail Jones ran well for 24th (7mins 17secs) with Zofia Conway 28th (7mins 23secs).  Bicester’s other finishers were Eloise Lemonnier Pres 36th (7mins 47secs), Maya Evans 42nd (8mins 05secs) and Isabel Smith 44th (8mins 14secs).

There was a very good turnout of 10 Bicester AC runners in the under 11 boy’s age group run over 1.5km.  Thomas Auty led the team home in 24th (6mins 55secs) followed by two Bicester debutants, Lewis Harris 27th in 7mins 01secs and George Hart 29th (7mins 05secs).  Bicester’s other finishers were Joel Hodges 33rd (7mins 27secs), Kyle Rayson 36th (7mins 40secs), George Mansell 37th (7mins 52secs), Cameron Slevin 38th (7mins 55secs), Simon Cheeseman 41st (8mins 40secs), Stanley Critchley 42nd (10mins 00secs) and Daniel Christian 43rd (10mins 20secs).

Bicester had one just competitor in the under 15/17 girl’s race with Lucy Montague 31st in 19mins 26secs.

Written by N Dolden