Bicester AC broke new ground in the under 20/17 age groups as they combined with Witney Road Runners to field a team in the first round match of the UK Youth Development League Midlands North East Division 1A match held last Sunday in Warwick.  Competition was fierce and the team placed 5th out of the 6 competing teams.  However there was a number of personal bests amongst the 8 competing Bicester athletes.

One of the most impressive Bicester performers on the day was Holly Hunter.  Not only did she win the under 17 girl’s steeplechase, in her first ever attempt at the discipline, Hunter also broke the club record in the javelin finishing 3rd in the A event with 28.01 metres.  Hunter also set a new personal best in A hammer with a throw of 19.93m whilst clubmate Amy Gould was also in personal best form in the B event (16.17m).

Tom Couzens recorded two new personal bests in the jumping events.  Couzens jumped a fine 1.60m to finish 4th in the A event and Couzens went over 5 metres in the long jump (5.07m) to finish 6th, also in the A string.  Couzens was also 2nd in the A 800 metres.

Lauren Garside competed in three events with her best performance coming in the under 17 shot A event where she placed 5th with a putt of 8.19m.  Garside was not far off her best in the A long jump (4.20m), finishing 4th and she also competed in the 100 metres (15.30m).

Molly Acton finished a good 2nd  in the A 300 metres (46.80secs) whilst Tom Gould took in two of the under 20 track events where he was 5th in A 800 metres and 2nd in the B 3,000 metres.  Joe Mimpress was in his best throwing form in the javelin as he exceeded the 20 metres mark (20.12m) to place 3rd in the under 17 A event.  Mimpress also competed in the 100 metres (14.70secs) and shot putt (5.50m).

Written by Nick Dolden