The final round of this season’s Oxford Mail League Cross Country event took place last Sunday at a muddy Farmoor. This race determined the final standings for the winter long competition, shortened this year due to the cancellation of round three.
Bicester AC’s Ben West was going for his third title of the season and rounded off what has been a superb season so far by claiming the under 17 men’s title. West has been unbeaten in Oxford League events throughout the season and maintained his record by winning at Farmoor clocking 17mins 23secs. West will now be looking for a prominent run in the forthcoming inter county championships where he will represent Oxfordshire. Also down to compete in the inter county event is Max Nicolle who will be taking part in the under 15 event. He completed a sold first year in this age group by finishing 9th (19mins 30secs) in the combined under 15/17 event just missing out on a podium finish with 4th place in the final standings. Bicester’s team was completed by Samuel Worfolk who was 22nd (22mins 47secs) enabling
the team to finish a creditable 2nd on the day.
Numerically, Bicester’s strongest representation was in the under 13 girl’s event, where the team enjoyed mixed fortunes. Millie Couzens led the team home in 6th place in 11mins 5 secs and was well supported by teammate Lucy Watts, who was 14 secs behind in 8th. Amelia Cox produced one of her best runs of the season with a strong effort for 16th place (12mins 5secs) which enabling the A team to finish 3rd on the day. Next to finish was Georgia Usher who was 20th (12mins 32secs) and Bicester’s highest placer in the final under 13 girl standings (15th place). Amy Willis has produced some consistent runs through the season and was 16secs adrift of Usher in 21st. Bicester’s final finisher was Imogen Ansell (44th in 16mins 22secs).
There was a turnaround in Bicester fortunes in the final under 11 girl’s race as Isabella Couzens led the team home in 12th (8mins 7secs). Imogen Cox was 3 secs down in 15th place, but her previous efforts took her to Bicester’s highest placing of 10th in the final under 11 girl standings. Other Bicester placings were Alanna O Neill (30th in 9mins) and Katie Groves (36th in 10mins 32secs).
There was a good battle between teammates in the under 11 boy’s race and Timothy Jones (13th in 7mins 37secs) just held off the challenge of improving Owen stocker (14th in 7mins 42secs). Other Bicester placings were Freddie Rendell (21st in 7mins 54secs and Harry Rendell (29th in 8mins 17secs). In the under 13 age group Freddie Taylor was once again Bicester’s top finisher in 17th (11mins 25secs). He headed Edward Jolliffe (23rd in 11mins 58secs) and Ben Groves (33rd in 13mins 03 secs).
Tom Gould, although an under 20, has performed very well in the senior event and again finished well inside the top half of finishers on Sunday placing 97th (38mins 56secs). Amy Gould was one of two girls who completed the under 15/17 girls race and she was 23rd (21mins 13secs) with Molly Acton (28th in 22mins 53secs).