Bicester AC and Banbury Harriers jointly organised the latest round of the Oxford Mail Cross Country League, which doubled up as the Oxfordshire County Championships, and was staged last Sunday at Bo Peep Farm Adderbury. Bicester enjoyed their biggest turnout of the season with some 34 runners towing the start line.

Numerically Bicester’s strongest turnout was in the under 15/17 men’s race with 7 Bicester runners starting. And it was another dominant performance from Ben West who produced an emphatic victory to be crowned County Championship in the under 17 male category. Bicester’s other country medallist came in the same race as Max Nicolle produced a strong run for 4th place which was good enough for silver in the under 15 boy’s category. Nicolle maintained his strong position in the overall under 15 standings placing equal 3rd. Bicester’s other team counter Edward Joliffe was a good 16th which enabled the team to finish a good runner up in the team race. Other Bicester finishers included Samuel Worfolk (24th), Freddie Taylor (28th), Michael Alborzpour (32nd) and Zacharia Singer (34th).

There was also a good performance by the under 13 boys who placed 3rd. Oliver Conway led the team home with a fine individual 7th place clocking 11mins 31secs. Other team counters were Michael Cadle 17th (12mins 35secs) and Timothy Jones 18th (12mins 38secs) with Sami Singer (26th) and Ben Groves (28th) completing the other Bicester finishers.

There was a good inter-personal battle between two of Bicester’s runners in the under 13 girl’s race. Lucy McGrath had a battle holding off the strong challenge of teammate Imogen Cox but just got the better of her teammate in 12th (13mins 26secs) one second and five places better than Cox. Not too far behind was Anna Joliffe who was 17th in 13mins 42secs with Bicester’s other finishers Isla Bohannon 29th in 16mons 18secs and Imogen Ansell 30th in 16mins 47secs.

Own Stocker recorded one of his highest places in the under 11 boy’s race as he took 15th in 6mins 21secs. Other Bicester finishers in the under 11 boy’s event included Kyle Rayson 34th (7mins 02secs) and Django La Porte 48th (7mins 30secs).

Alanna O Neill led the under 11 girls home in 19th place with a 7mins 9secs clocking.  Other Bicester placings were Zofia Conway 37th (7mins 54secs), Katie Groves 41st (8mins 05secs) and Bethany Newton 43rd (8mins 25secs).

There was a good turnout for Bicester in the under 9 mixed boys and girls’ race with Jago Newton 11th, Abigail Jones 17th, Isabel Smith 20th, Simon Cheeseman 23rd and Annie Rose Willis in 26th. And Bicester’s sole competitor in the under 15/17 girl’s race was Lucy Tear who finished 35th.

By N Dolden