The Oxfordshire Junior Athletics League staged its first event for nearly two years on Sunday at a wet and windy Banbury.  In spite of the conditions, Bicester AC enjoyed a successful day’s competition with 3 existing club records broken, 9 national graded performances, 8 A string victories and 26 personal bests where the event was not the athlete’s first attempt.

Bicester AC’s under 11 athletes competed in their first competition for almost two years.  Three athletes took part in the under 11 girl’s quad event with Bicester’s Alexa Brady enjoying a superb competition.  Competing against 29 other athletes, Brady   finished in overall 2nd place amassing a haul of 178 points, just one point short of first place.  She was well supported by Lily Childs who finished a commendable 6th and Bethany Chambers who was 10th.

Jenny Critchley is enjoying a superb season and she enjoyed another successful competition in the under 17 women’s events.  Already the current holder of three under 17 club records, Critchley made it number 4 as she produced a superb winning performance to win the 300 metres in a new personal best national grade 4 time of 43.8secs.  Critchley also jumped over 4 metres for the first time in the long jump with 4th place in the A event (4.08m) as well as breaking 5 minutes again in the 1,500 metres with victory and a national grade 4 clocking of 4mins 58.8secs.  Charlotte Kavanagh was first in the under 17 woman’s B long jump (4.03m) as well as taking runner up spot in the shot putt (7.42m).  Bella Couzens ran a new personal best in the under 17 woman’s 300 metre to take the B event (51.4secs) as well as taking 2nd in the A 80m hurdles (14.8secs).

George Weston achieved two milestones on Sunday in the non-scoring 100 and 200 metres lowering two of his existing club records in the process.  Weston went under 100 metres for the first time with a superb 11.7secs clocking and also ducked under 24 seconds for the 200 metres with a 23.7secs clocking.  Weston also equalled his personal best time of 55.4secs in the 400 metres.

The under 13 boy’s team were in superb form with no less than 7 A and B string wins.  William Morris produced a superb run to win the 800 metres and also took the B 200 metres with a 30.00secs clocking.  Kyle McLeod produced a national graded effort in finishing 2nd in the 100metres with a new personal best time of 13.9secs as well as finishing runner up in the shot (5.83m).  William Richardson bettered two of his previous personal bests with a win in the B 800 metres (2mins 50.4secs) as well as a setting a new personal best in the non-scoring javelin (13.07m).  Richardson also won the B discuss (11.48secs).  Luke Whitmore also improved on his long jump personal best with 3rd place in the A event and a leap of 3.70m.  Newcomer Jesses Carter won the B Long Jump (3.46m) as well as taking 3rd in the A 200m (30.4secs).  Simon Cheeseman won the A 75m hurdles (17.0secs) and produced a good effort in the javelin to take 3rd (14.99m).  Finn Souter did well in first ever discus event to take 2nd in the A event (12.78m) and Reuben Baker took the B shot with a putt of 4.68m.  Finn Soutar, Carter, Whitmore and Morris also combined to win the 4 by 100 metre relay with a swift 60.6secs clocking.

The under 17 men were in excellent form with a raft of personal bests, first places and national graded performances.  Samuel Rayson produced two A string wins which included a national grade 4 clearance of 1.75m in the high jump and a new personal best in the shot (10.21m).  Rayson  was also 2nd in the long jump with a national grade 4 effort (5.78m).  Ben Groves smashed a number of his previous bests which included national grade marks and B string wins in the high jump (1.70m) and long jump (5.60m).  Groves also ran a personal best 24.5secs in finishing 2nd in the A 200m.  Michael Cadle also produced a trio of personal bests which included a win in the B 200 metres (25.1secs), a 12.4secs clocking in the 100 metres and 5.03m leap in the long jump.

There were two Bicester national grade 4 efforts in the under 15 boy’s events.  Noah Gulvin is having a solid first season’s competition with the club and his trio of A string 3rd places included a new personal best and grade 4 clocking of 41.3 secs in the 300m and a swift 25.7secs clocking in the 200m.  Kyle Rayson lowered his personal best again in the 80m hurdles with a national grade 4 time of 13.2secs as well as a B string win in the Long Jump (4.53m), with Robson Matthews setting a new personal best mark in the A long jump (4.64m).

Katie Groves produced good performances in the under 15 girl throws to take runner up spots in the shot (7.97m) and discus (16.67m) as well as equalling her high jump personal best (1.30m).  Jasmine Hendon was a superb second in the A string under 15 girl’s 200 metres (29.9secs) as well as producing a best in the long jump (3.77m).  And Groves and Hendon combined with Bethany Wetton and newcomer Isla McNaught to take 3rd in the 4 by 100 metre relay with a sub 60 second clocking (59.4secs). The under 13 girls came up against some strong competition but produced a good team effort covering most of the events.  Amber Busby set a new personal best in the B 200m (32.3secs) and equalled her best in the long jump (13.2secs).  There were B string wins for Isla Wooding in the shot (4.66m) and Charlotte Hornsby in the discus (7.45m).  Grace Jarvey equalled her personal best in the B high jump (1.05m).  Abigail Jones took 2nd in the A discus (9.99m) whilst Eloise Le Monnier was 2nd in the B long jump (3.05m).  Evie Jasper, competing in her first track and field competition took 3rd places in the A string shot (4.74m) and filled the same place in the javelin (8.71m).   

Written by N Dolden.