Bicester AC were again indebted to the fine performances of their under 9 and under 11 athletes as they took overall third place in the latest round of the Oxfordshire Young Athletes League held recently at Horspath. Atrocious weather led to a curtailment of the programme but not before the under 9’s had wrapped up their respective age groups with the under 11 teams finishing 2nd.

The outstanding individual Bicester AC performance came in the under 11 girl’s quad competition as Holly Griffith Brown confirmed the rich promise that she showed a couple of weeks ago by finishing runner up out of the 45 competing athletes. She was joined in the top 9 by three other Bicester athletes (Molly Acton 4th, Lauren Garside 8th and Lucy Stowell 9th). Brown achieved high positions in each of the 4 disciplines that included a season’s best of 2mins 8.1secs in the 600 metres. She was chased hard in the 600 metres by Molly Acton (2mins 9.7secs) and Maisie Silvester who recorded a season’s best time of 2mins 11.7secs. Lauren Garside, returning to some of the excellent form she showed last year, posted the quickest time in the 75 metres (12.10secs) and Holly Hunter threw the furthest mark in the Howler (21.32m).

Not to be outdone Tom Couzens was an excellent 2nd out of the 30 competitors in the under 11 boy’s quad competition which included a season’s best in the 600 metres (2mins 2.1secs), 2nd place in the Howler (35.19 metres) and 3rd in the long jump (3.44 metres). Bicester’s William Sims also placed in the top ten finishing 8th overall.

There was a Bicester one two in the under 9 event quad competition as Amelia Cox just got the better of Millie Couzens. Both produced excellent long jumps with Cox’s best leap (3.09m) just 6 centimetres further than Couzens’s best mark whilst Cox produced the best throw in the Howler event (14.76m).

In the older age groups, Ed Burgess continued his fine form in the under 17 events. Once again he reigned supreme in the 100 metres hurdles producing a national grade 2 effort of 13.8 secs and supported this with fine 3rd places in the well contested 100 and 200 metre sprints recording 11.7secs and 24.8 secs respectively. One of the Bicester performances of the day came in the under 15 1500 metres with Tom Gould producing an excellent new personal best time of 5mins 11.2 ses.

Rhiannon Penfold was also in fine form in the under 13 girl 200 metres as she recorded a national graded effort in the 200 metres in a season’s best 30.74 secs for 3rd place and then produced another season’s best in the long jump (3.72m) for 2nd place. Elen Holt also won the B string with a winning mark of 3.32 m).

There was further success in the long jump for the under 15 girls with Jess Cherry leaping 4.09 metres for third and Lauren Page taking the B string in 3.99m. This success was repeated in the under 17 event as Emily Benfield finished runner up with a leap of 4.12m. Competition in the throwing events was somewhat curtailed because of the weather but not before Antony Tracoskis had won the under 17 discus with a throw of 20.49m.