Bicester AC had 18 athletes entered for last weekend’s Oxfordshire Track and Field Championships held at Horspath producing an array of commendable performances with several personal bests and four county titles.

Two of the titles were won by Samuel Rayson who provided three of the personals best and two national grades performances.  On Saturday Rayson broke 13 seconds for the first time taking the under 15 boy’s 80 metre hurdle Oxfordshire title with a national grade 3 effort of 12.68secs placing him 32nd in the national rankings in the hurdles for his age group.  This was a good warm up for the Sunday as Rayson started off with a 2nd place in the shot putt with a new personal best of 8.70m.  Rayson then produced a series of excellent clearances in the high jump clearing the bar at 1.68m to claim the Oxfordshire title.  This clearance was a national grade 2 effort and places him equal 20th in the national rankings.  Rayson just failed by a matter of cms to add another personal best to his collection and title finishing 3rd with 4.94m in the long jump.

Club member Josephine Parker produced an extraordinary performance to finish first in the under 13 girl’s 100 metres with a new club record of 13.63secs.  This was just short of a national grade 1 time and places her 30th in the national rankings for her age group.  Parker just missed out on a double as she placed 2nd in the 200 metres final with 29.30secs.  There was further success for Bicester in the sprints as Tia Brown took a break from exams to claim the under 17 Oxfordshire woman’s title with 13.25secs.

Michael Cadle competed in an incredible 6 events over the weekend ending up with 4 personal bests and equalling a fifth.  Cadle’s efforts on Saturday included a 4th in the under 15 boy’s 1500 metres where he set a new personal best (5mins 2.08secs), 5th in the javelin (17.49m) and 2nd in the 300 metres in a new personal best of 44.69secs.  On Sunday Cadle cleared 1.35m in the high jump to equal his best, set a new personal best in the long jump (4.45m) and a new personal best in the 200m (28.32secs) where he finished 5th in the final.

Erin Fabri has started the season in fine style, and she added a further 20cms to her long jump best finishing in bronze position in the under 17 woman’s event with 4.44m.  Fabri was also 4th in the 200 metres, where she narrowly missed breaking 29secs (29.03secs), as well as placing 5th in the shot putt (7.07m).  Ben Groves enjoyed mixed fortunes in the jumping events.  Having had smooth clearances up to a height of 1.45m, Groves had to settle for that height and 3rd place in the under 15 boy’s high jump.  However, Groves showed good mental fortitude to jump a new personal best distance of 4.81m in the Long Jump for 4th.

Charlotte Kavanagh ran a big personal best in the heats of the under 15 girl’s 100 metres with a wind assisted 14.11secs as well as jumping a new best in the long jump (4.10m).  Kyle Rayson enjoyed a good meet just missing out on a medal in the under 13 boy’s 100 metres but running a new personal best of 14.09secs in the final.  Rayson also ran a new personal best in the heat of the 200 metres (29.53secs) and again just missed out on a medal placing 4th in the final.  Clubmate Django La Porte also did well to make the final where he finished 8th (32.84secs).  There were three personal bests for Isla Bohannon in the throwing events, shot putt (6.78m) and discus (13.89m) as well as the 75m hurdles (15.00secs).

There were two promising performances in the middle-distance events by Bicester athletes.  Jenny Critchley ran a well-controlled race in the under 15 girl’s 800 metres and was rewarded with 5th and a new personal best of 2mins 37.06secs.  Joshua Smith also showed a deal of promise in his debut run for Bicester in the under 13 boy’s 1500 metres and ran a race of promise finishing 6th (5mins 22.82secs) with clubmate Thomas Auty running a new personal best in 9th (6mins 23.71secs).  Naomi Kingston on the comeback trail also set season bests in the under 20 lady’s 800 and 1500 metres with clockings of 3mins 1.56secs and 6mins 5.07secs respectively.

Hollie Offord suffered bad luck in the under 13 girl’s 200 metres as she qualified for the final with a new personal best 30.57secs but had to miss the final through injury.  Offord also set a new personal best in the high jump finishing 8th (1.15m).  Katie Groves was also in personal best form as she placed 5th in the under 13 girl’s discus (14.21m) as well as the heats of the 200 metres where she ran 32.14secs.  Kristin Senior also set new personal bests in the under 13 girl’s 100 metres (14.96secs) as well as the long jump (3.37m).    


Written by N Dolden