Bicester AC faced some high-level competition in the first round of the Oxfordshire Junior Athletics League match staged at Horspath on 14 April with wins hard to come by.  Two of them were provided by Samuel Rayson who won the under 15 boy’s 80m hurdles (13.5secs) with a competent piece of hurdling and matched his season’s best with victory in the high jump (1.60m).  Teammate Ben Groves made a leap forward in the high jump with a personal best clearance to take the B string (1.55m).  It was a trio of bests on the day for Groves putting 7.49m for 2nd in the shot and jumping 4.64m for 4th place in the Long Jump.    

Bicester’s other win came in the under 17 girl’s 1500 which was combined with the under 15 race with Amelia Cox taking first place with 5mins 24.secs.  It was one of the closest track events on the day with only 3 seconds separating the first five finishers.  Although 3rd in the under 15 girl’s race, Anna Jolliffe ran a new personal best clocking 5mins 25.2secs.  Anna’s brother, Edward, was also in personal best form which included new best marks and 3rd places in the under 17 men’s 1500 metres (4mins 46.5secs), 800 metres (2mins 27.4secs) and Long Jump (4.92m).

Bicester produced some good performances in the middle-distance track races.    Competing in her first 800 metres for the club, Kristin Senior ran a race of great promise to take 4th place in the under 13 girl’s event clocking 2mins 55.4secs.  Jennifer Critchley took 3rd in what was a hotly contested under 15 girl’s 800 (2mins 44,9secs).  And Bicester track debutant, Samuel Njuguna produced a string of fine runs which included 2nd in the under 15 boy’s 1500 metres (4mins 50.9secs), 2nd in the 300 metres (43.5secs) and 4th in the 100 metres (13.6secs).  Club stalwart Michael Cadle was also in personal best form placing 3rd in the under 15 boy’s 800 metres (2mins 39.9secs) and 4th in the 200 metres (28.5secs).

Jack Green was the Bicester hero at the previous week’s open meeting in Milton Keynes and he again enjoyed a very good competition in the under 11 boy’s Quad competition.  Green was an excellent 3rd out of the 35 competitors with two of Bicester’s other competitors making the top ten.  Green secured very good points in the 600 metres where he won his heat and just missed out on breaking 2mins (2mins 0.8secs) and the howler, where he produced the longest throw on the day (31.69m).  Joel Hodges and George Mansell also performed well for Bicester with 7th and 8th places respectively.  Annie Rose Willis was Bicester’s best placer in the under 11 girl’s competition with 11th place.

Erin Fabri in her first year in the under 17 age group produced a fine leap in the Long Jump for 2nd place and a new personal best of 4.24m.  She was also a good 3rd in the 200 metres (29.8secs) and putted over 7 metres (7.05m) for 5th in the shot.  Best Bicester relay team on the day was the under 13 girls with the team of Jessica Garside, Katie Groves, Hollie Offord and Kristen Senior finishing 2nd in the 4 by 100 metre relay with 62.9secs.

Written by N Dolden