Bicester AC were busy again last Winter competing both indoors and outside and the feats of its young athletes were lauded at last Friday’s Winter presentation awards evening which was held at Bicester ex Serviceman’s club.  Awards were only presented to those who competed over the cross country.

During the season the emphasis tended to be more towards quality rather than quantity.  Nobody typified this better than Ben West who enjoyed an extraordinary season in the men’s under 17 age group.  West ended the season with three cross country titles which included the Oxon mail Cross Country League, the Chiltern League Division 2 and the Oxon County Championships.  Not content with these, West triumphed in the popular and well supported Bicester Santa Run and managed to produce one of the best times in the country for an under 17 in the Andy Reading 10km taking 5th place in the process.  West capped a quite excellent season by placing 25th in the national Inter County Cross Country championships and this, combined with his other feats, earned him the best junior male cross country award. 

Millie Couzens in one of Bicester’s most versatile sportswomen combining athletics with a very high standard of attainment in cycling.  Apart from her prowess on the track, Couzens is a more than able cross country performer.  During the Winter she was awarded county vests at both the National Schools and Inter County Championships where she finished 52nd.  She was also a winner in one of the rounds of the Oxford Mail Cross Country League and these efforts earned her the best junior female award.

Imogen Cox was consistently Bicester’s best performer in the under 11 races and this earned her best performance for an under 11.  After a slow start in the Chiltern League Max Nicolle made a massive improvement in the under 15 boy’s races which landed him 3rd place in both the County Championships and Chiltern League Division 2.  These performances earned him most improved performer of the year.  Freddie West showed what a good team member he is with a number of high place finishes in the under 13 boy’s races and this earned him the best contribution award.  And the awards were completed with Owen Stocker landing the boy member of the year award with Katie Groves landing the female equivalent.

Clyde Goodwin gave a summary of the Sportshall season.  136 athletes completed at least one Sportshall session during the Winter.  The team performerd extraordinarily well in the Oxon Sportshall League.  There was a double first for both the under 11 boy’s and girl’s teams.  The under 13 girl’s team succumbed in the last match but along with the under 13 boys placed 2nd in the final overall standings.  However the under 15 girl’s won their competition with the equivalent boys age group runner ups.

There were several fine individual performances during the season which included league records for Amy Gould in the speed bounce, Amber Parker in the shot and Charlotte Kavanagh and Isla Bohannon in the running events.  And JJ Welham earned a call up for the National Sportshall Championships to be held in Manchester in the Speed Bounce.