Well over 100 athletes and their supporters attended what was highly successful winter presentation evening, celebrating a successful season for Bicester ACs’ cross country and sportshall athletes, held at the Highfield Social Club on Friday.  The club were indebted to several local Bicester business and organisations who generously donated raffle and bingo prizes. These included Andy’s Barber Shop, Belle Hair and Beauty, Bicester Hotel Golf and Spa, Boots, Evolve Health and Fitness, FLTR coffee shop, Glanville Framing Company, Kings Arms, Impressions, Paula Jane Boutique, Peter Goss Butchers, Rebound, Stansfield and Hoole Café Lounge and Williamson Chiropractic and Sports Injuries Clinic.  These events on the night grossed £300 which the club will be donating to Macmillan Cancer Support.

Several athletes have enjoyed a highly successful cross country season with team successes for the under 13 girls and under 15/17 boys.  The under 13 girls team won the bronze model in the under Oxfordshire County Championships and were silver medallists in the Oxford Mail League and Chiltern League cross country league.  It has been a highly successful season for Anna Jolliffe, who has competed with credit for Oxfordshire in both the UK inter county cross country championships and National Schools Cross County Championships as well as finishing 3rd in the individual final standings in the Chiltern Cross Country League Division 2.  These performances earned Jolliffe the best Junior Female award.

One of the characteristics of the season has been improvement made by several of the athletes.  This is testament to the good winter’s coaching that the athletes received with a mixture of different venues which helped prepare the athletes for the different variety of courses that they compete on.  Few athletes made the sort of spring forward that Samuel Worfolk has made and despite being in his first year of the under 17 age group, Worfolk’s top ten placings in the Oxford Mail League earned Worfolk  the most improved performer of the year award.

Worfolk was also part of the highly successful under 15/17 male teams which placed 3rd in the Oxford Mail Cross Country League final standings after a very successful last race at Henley.  The under 15 half of the team was also 3rd in the Chiltern League and also took bronze in the Oxfordshire County Championships.  Bolstered by the partnership with the Bicester Tri Club, the club enjoyed record participation in these age groups with up to 14 athletes competing in some Oxford Mail Cross Country League.  The club awarded the best contribution award to the under 15/17 male team.

In addition to the above team performances there were also some fine individual performances.  And two of the finest were from Bicester athletes making their cross country debuts for the club.  Jago Newton competed in the youngest age group in cross country races (the under 9s) and was consistently the best boy finisher in that age group in the Oxford Mail League races.  This earned him the best male junior award.  Elsie Jacobs also enjoyed a highly successful season in the under 11 girls age group.  In the Chiltern League event combined with the cross challenge, Jacobs finished an impressive 7th out of the 100 competitors.  She was consistently Bicester’s highest placed throughout the season and this was enough for the best junior female award.   Two further awards were given with Robert Charlton and Emelie Stocker earning the Bicester male and female members of the year award.       

There was also a resume of the indoor sportshall.  The club showed up well in the Oxon Sportshall League and there was a good performance by the under 11s with the boys and girls winning the combined under 11 trophy.  Individual League awards were collected by Kristen Senior (gold in the under 11 girl’s), Isabelle Webb (silver in the under 11’s), Kyle Rayson (gold in the under 11 boy’s), Jack Green (bronze in the under 11 boy’s), Isla Bohannon (silver in the under 13 girl’s) and Erin Fabri (gold in the under 15 girl’s). 

Written by N Dolden