Katie Groves smashed the Bicester AC’s under 13 girl discus record in the second round of the Oxfordshire Junior Athletics League match held on Sunday at Banbury in what were extreme weather conditions.  Groves left her record-breaking effort to the last throw when she exceeded the 20 metre mark for the first time with a winning throw of 20.10m.  The previous record had stood for twelve years and Groves’s throw was a national grade 3 distance.  Groves also produced a national grade and new personal putt in the shot of 6.73 for runner up spot.  There was a further personal best for Kian Brown in the under 13 boy’s discus as he also managed 2nd place with 12.87m.

Samuel Rayson produced a hat trick of wins in the under 15 boy events.  This included a big new personal best and national grade 2 leap of 5.59m in the long jump.  Rayson also produced a good clean round of hurdling to win the under 15 boys 80 metre hurdles (12.9secs) as well as taking the high jump with a 1.60m leap.   

Jenny Critchley finished a superb 2nd in a competitive under 15 girl’s 300 metres clocking a new best of 45.6secs which was a national grade 4 time.  Critchley also finished runner up in the 800, just short of her personal best (2mins 34.8secs).  Joshua Smith also achieved two seconds with a promising first effort in the under 13 boy’s 800m (2mins 40.3secs) for runner up spot and a new personal best and national grade 4 throw of 23.08m in the javelin.   

Mikey Tyrell made quite an impression in his debut for the club.  He achieved two B string wins in the 200 metres (26.0secs) and long jump (4.23m).  His time of 12.2secs in the 100 metres, where he was 4th in the A, equalled the fastest time by a Bicester male athlete this summer and was a national grade 4 effort.  H shares this best time with George Weston who also managed 12.2secs in the under 17 men’s 100 metres where he was 4th.  Weston also managed 3rd in the 200 metres (25.1secs) as well as a first place in the B high jump (1,45m).    

Hollie Offord has produced an array of consistent efforts in the long jump and her consistency was rewarded on Sunday with 2nd and a new personal best national grade 4 leap of 4.12m in the under 13 girl’s long jump.  In the under 15 events Michael Cadle was also rewarded with a personal best in the high jump with 1.40, which was good enough for 2nd in the B.

Joe Rayner made a welcome return to competitive action where he competed in both the under 17 men’s jumps and the 100 metres where his 4th place in the B event yielded a new personal best of 12.5secs.  Also in personal best form in the 100 metres was Kristin Senior who did well to run a personal nest of 14.6secs in the under 13 girl’s 200 metres.  Charlotte Kavanagh sprinted well in the under 15 girl’s 100 and 200 metres where she was 3rd and 4th respectively with 14.0secs and 29.9secs.  Freya McGinlay also placed 3rd in the under 15 girl’s shot with 7.40m.  And Erin Fabri was Bicester’s sole competitor in the under 17 lady’s events which included a 3rd place in the Long Jump (3,89m).

In the under 13 boy events, Robert Charlton produced a new personal best of 5mins 32.4secs in the 1,500 metres.  And Kyle Rayson sprinted well for 3rd in the 200 metres (31.0secs) as well as for 2nd place in the 75m hurdles with 16.1secs.

There was some good experience gained by several of the under 9 and under 11 Bicester athletes in the quad competitions.  Mia Considine was a good overall 4th in the under 9 competition and Annie Rose Willis was overall 17th in the under 11 girl’s competition.  Individual performances to catch the eye were Olivia Naidu Johnson’s run in her first ever 75m clocking 12.4secs and a new personal best for Lewis Harris in the under 11 boy’s 600 metres (2mins 9.7secs).        

Written by N Dolden.