A total of five Bicester AC athletes were selected for the Oxfordshire team who competed in the recent South of England Inter County Cross Country Championships held in Croydon.
Bicester’s highest placer was Finley Colverson- Martin making his debut in an Oxfordshire vest. Contesting the under 17 men’s race, run over 5,000 metres, Colverson- Martin was Oxfordshire’s second finisher placing 32nd out of the 109 finishers and clocking 17mins 44secs. This was a strong performance given that Colverson – Martin is at the junior end of the under 17 men’s age group. He finished just 22secs behind Oxfordshire’s first placer. The team finished 11th out of the 24 competing teams.
Two Bicester AC athletes were selected for the under 17 lady’s race contested over a 5km course. Both Bicester runners equipped themselves well and both made the scoring team of four. Jenny Critchley was third scorer for the Oxfordshire team finishing 42nd out of 95 finishers clocking 21mins 25secs. This was a good effort from Critchley given that she is at the junior end of the age group. Bicester’s other runner Anna Jolliffe, who is also in her first year in this age group and performed well to finish 47th in 21mins 36secs. The Oxfordshire team finished 8th out of the 20 competing teams, which was one of the best Oxfordshire performances on the day.
Willian Morris is enjoying a fine season and performed very well in what was his maiden performance for the county. Morris only just finished out of the top half of finishers placing 57th in the under 13 boy’s race run over 3,000 metres. Morris was the 3rd scorer in the Oxfordshire team that finished 14th and overturned form with two of his Oxfordshire teammates who had finished in front of him in the previous week’s Oxfordshire League under 13 boy’s race.
Another Bicester athlete making her debut was Tabitha Bosley in the under 13 girl’s race. She is also towards the junior end of her age group did well to finish 83rd clocking 14mins 02secs for the 3,000 metre course.
Written by N Dolden