A smaller than normal number of Bicester AC competitors contested last weekends Sandra Luke Memorial 5 Star and 10 Step Competition held last Sunday at Horspath. Bicester’s older age groups were also in competition on Sunday competing with Witney in their 2nd Round UK Youth Development Midlands North East Division 1A match staged at Banbury.

In the 5 star and 10 step competition, Bicester’s athletes were ostensibly competing as individuals. In the 5 star competition, the athlete gets to select 3 events from a range of choices to demonstrate their prowess over a range of track and field events. The number of stars awarded are based on attainment of performance, set against a national range of times and distances, with 5 stars being the highest award.

Two of Bicester’s athletes managed to earn 5 stars on the day through Ben Groves in the under 13 boys age group and Georgia Usher in the corresponding girls age group. Groves produced an outstanding leap of 1.40 metres in the high jump, which was only just fell short of the national grade 2 standard and was combined with the 200 metres (32.15secs) and Long Jump (3.87m).  Georgia Usher either bettered or equalled previous bests with perhaps her best performance being the 800 metres (2mins 42.02secs). This was combined with the high jump (1.20m) and Long Jump (3.38m).

When Michael Cadle joined Bicester his main strength was Cross Country but although he just missed on 5 Stars, he continues to make very good progress in track and field. Cadle threw his longest ever distance in the javelin throwing beyond 20 metres for the first time (21.57m), which was a national grade 4 distance for the under 13 boys age group. Cadle also dipped under 15 seconds for a new personal best in the 100 metres (14.85secs) as well as producing his best ever Long Jump (3.87m).

Katie Groves set a new club record for under 11 girls in the high jump (1.10m) on her way to 4 stars. Groves also set new personal bests in her other events 75 metres (12.10secs) and Long Jump (3.17m). Amber Parker also attained 4 stars with a new personal best 17.41secs clocking in the 75m hurdles to go with efforts in her specialist event the shot (7.08m) and Discus (19.88m). Annie-Rose Willis was Bicester’s only competitor in the 10 step competition where she finished 11th overall in the under 9 girls competition.


Written by N Dolden.