Bicester’s last league fixture of the season (the Oxfordshire Young Athletes League took place last weekend at Banbury. There was a reasonable Bicester turnout in spite of it being in the middle of the holiday season. The under 13 boys capped off a fine season with another set of strong performances.

Sam Rayson is one of the highest ranked hurdlers in the country for his age group and he produced another fine win in the under 13 boys 75m hurdles with a grade2 clocking of 13.1secs. Michael Cadle has invariably featured well in the B hurdles and he lowered his best on Sunday with a win in the B string (15.7secs). Rayson was also a winner in the long Jump with a grade 4 leap of 4.25m and jumped 1.30m for victory in the high jump. In the latter event he had to give best to teammate Ben Groves who won the A string (1.35m). Groves supported Rayson in the long jump with 2nd place in the B long jump (4.04m). Meanwhile Cadle has been one of the surprise packages in the javelin and he again performed well in the under 13 boys javelin with 3rd place and a new personal best and national grade 4 throw of 23.54m.

Rushani Arumugham has enjoyed a fine second half of the season and she was again in fine form on Sunday particularly in the under 15 girls long jump where she recorded a splendid with a national grade 4 leap of 4.52m. Arumugham was also a good 2nd in the 300 metres (47.53) as well as finishing 3rd in the B 100 metres (14.1secs). She was beaten by club mate Tia Brown, who ran the fastest time 100m by a Bicester girl this season where she was 2nd in a new personal best time of 13.7secs.

There have been few more consistent performers in the field events than Amber Parker and she again produced strong performances in the under 15 girls discus where she was 2nd (21.58m), the shot where she was 3rd (7.52m) and the javelin (3rd with 14.79m). There was a bonus in the under 15 girls B string discus where Ebony Rose Lennon produced the winning throw (13.30m).

The under 13 girls found wins hard to come by and their only win came courtesy of Anna Jolliffe who ran a brave race to win the B 1500 metres (6mins 10.secs). She supported teammate Goergia Usher, who ran a national grade time in the A event to finish runner up in 5mins 37.7secs. Usher also produced a national graded effort in the high jump where she was 4th (1.25m).

Amy Willis enjoyed a good afternoons competition with a new personal best in the 800 metres for 3rd in the B string (2mins 50.secs) as well placing 3rd in the long jump (3.67m) and equalling her personal best in the 70m hurdles (14.8secs). Abi Starkey just missed out on a personal best in the A string where she finished 3rd (14.1secs).

The under 15 boys found the going tough but there were still some fine individual efforts. Joseph Rayner was 3rd in the both high and long jumps and his effort of 5.01m in the latter was a national grade 4 effort. Edward Jolliffe produced two new personal bests in the jumps with a win in the B high Jump (1,45m) and 2nd in the B long jump (4.52m). And there was a massive leap forward by Samuel Worfolk in the 800 metres where he ran a new personal best time of 2mins 29.secs).

The final league positions were U13 girls 3rd, U13 boys 2nd, U15 girls 4th and the U15 boys won their league.

In the Quad kid events there were strong performances in the under 11 girls event by Hollie Offord who was 10th overall and Katie Groves who was 13th. Offord ran one of the fastest 75 metres of the day with a new personal best of 11.9secs and both Offord and Groves finished high up in the long jump standings with 3.43m and 3.36m respectively. Charlie Moore placed highly in the under 11 boys event with 15th overall whilst Alex Nicolaides produced some fine individual efforts. And in the under 9 competition Simon Cheeseman was 5th overall and Annie Rose Willis 4th.

Written By N.Dolden.