Bicester AC fielded an inexperienced team in track terms for their first UK Development League lower age group Midland North and East Division C fixture held last Saturday in Coventry.  Several were making their competitive track and field debut and only two of the ten competing Bicester AC athletes had run in a competitive track and field race before this year.  Not surprisingly all but one of the 18 individual performances was a personal best for the athlete concerned but with 10 athletes covering the age group events the team finished in 5th place with 102 points.           

Bicester highlight of the day was the double first in the under 15 boy’s 1500 metres.  Hot on the heels of a superb cross country season, Leo Blyton is starting to burn up the track and Blyton finished first in the A 1500 metres lowering his personal best further with a EA PB level 5 performance of 4mins 41.9secs.  This was nearly 4secs inside the mark that he had set two weeks earlier at Watford.  Not to be outdone Bicester teammate Darragh Cassidy won the B event also with a new best and PB level 4 time of 4mins 55.8secs which was nearly 4secs inside what he had run the previous week at Radley.  Blyton also doubled up with a 3rd in the A 100 metres (14.9secs) whilst Cassidy took 2nd place in A 200 metres clocking 30.4secs.  Theo Cogan was only competing in his second ever competitive event and produced some decent efforts in both the sprints and the jumps.  Cogan finished 2nd in both of the B string under 15 boy sprints clocking 15.4secs for the 100m and 31secs for the 200m as well as placing 4th in the string A Long Jump with 3.10m.

Bicester had 4 competitors in the under 13 boy’s competition.  Charlie Joiner improved on his debut track run to finish a superb 1st in the under 13 boy’s 1200 metres.  His winning time of 4mins 24.8 secs was not only a PB level 3 effort but it was also a new under 13 boy’s club record.  Joiner also ran the 150 metres finishing 5th in the  A event with 26.5secs.  Felix Cassidy made a monster improvement on his previous week’s 800 metres.  Cassidy finished 2nd in a very competitive A 800 metre race and in the process knocked nearly 20secs off his best clocking 2mins 56.5secs.  Cassidy was also 5th in the B 75 metres with 12.8secs.  Finley Harrell, who was having his first outing of the season, blew off the cobwebs by equalling his best of 12.2secs in the A 75 metres which was a PB level 1 performance.  Harrell was also 4th in the A long jump with a PB level 2 performance of 3.28m.  He was supported by Shay Gallagher who was having his first outing in the under 13 age category.  Gallager produced a PB level 1 and personal best performance in finishing 2nd in the B long jump with 3.17m.  Gallagher also did well to finish quite close to Cassidy in his first ever 800m where he finished runner up in the B race with 3min 4.7secs.  Joiner, Cassidy, Harrell and Gallagher then combined to finish 3rd in what was a very competitive 4 by 100 metre relay where their time of 65.6secs was less than 2secs behind the winning effort. Bicester had just three girls covering the under 15 and 13 events all of whom were making their competitive track and field debut.  Erin Griffiths did well to achieve a pb level 3 performance in what her first ever competitive long jump competition finishing 4th in the A event with 3.78m.  Griffiths then teamed up with Lucy Potter with Potter just missing out on breaking the 3 minute barrier with 4th place in the A event (3mins 00.secs).  Griffiths finished 4th in the B event clocking 3mins 3.0secs.  Bicester’s Megan Surnam, fresh from a good cross country season, contested her first ever competitive track event finishing 5th in the under 13 girl’s 75m with a pb level 2 time of 12.3secs.