Bicester AC competed in their last of the season UK Development League Midland North East C match held recently at Leamington.  From a team perspective lack of numbers took their toll as they finished 4th on 149 points.  This was Bicester AC’s highest league position of the season but still left them in 5th place in the final standings.  However there were some fine individual performances with more EA PB level 5 performances and above at this match and a total of 23 personal bests set out of the 31 events that Bicester AC competed in.

There was a tour de force from the three Bicester AC under 13 boy’s team as all three managed at least an A or B string win.  William Cleaver produced an outstanding performance to win the under 13 boy’s high jump with a new massive personal best leap of 1.47m.  As things stand this jump is the equal 13th highest jump in the national under 13 rankings and the 4th highest in the South East rankings.  Cleaver also became only the 2nd Bicester athlete to achieve an EA PB level 8 performance since they were introduced at the start of least season.   Cleaver also further bettered his javelin best with a winning throw of 28.28m which was an EA PB level 6 mark.  Cleaver also finished runner up in the 75m clocking 11.2secs with teammate Finley Harrell taking the B event in the same time, which was also a new best.  Harrell also took the B long jump (3.41m) as well as setting a new best of 22.5secs in finishing 5th in the 150m (22.5secs).  Bicester’s only other A string win on the day came from Jayden Beadle who made a big improvement to win the shot putt (6.02m).  Beadle also set a new best in finishing 3rd in the long jump (3.60m).

Aaliyah Beadle was making her competitive track and field debut and produced a very promising performance in the under 15 girl’s long jump.  She finished 2nd in a very competitive competition with an EA PB level jump of 4.42m.  Beadle also ran a fast time in the 200m finishing 4th in the A string with an EA PB level 6 time of 29.2secs.  There was a B string for Erin Griffiths in the long jump (3.84m) and two new bests for Kate O’ Malley in the 300m, where she finished 4th in the A event (50.3secs) and 3rd in the B event (32.0secs).

Finley Holliday was competing in his first track and field event of the Summer in a new age group.  Holliday managed a trio of personal bests and a trio of A string second places in the under 15 100m (13.3secs), 200m (27.4 secs) and javelin (21.92m).  Max Finnegan put up a good effort to finish 2nd in the 800m with a new best of 2mins 41.2secs and augmented this with a new best in the B 200m where he finished 2nd in the B event (32.0secs).  And there was a good new best for Theo Cogan in the long jump leaping to a 4 metre distance plus for the first time in finishing 3rd in the A event (4.0m).                          

There were just two Bicester athletes in the under 13 girl’s competition.  Maya Korn ran a new best in the 800m in placing 4th in the A event (3mins 4.1secs) with Megan Surman producing a sub 3minute time in her debut 800m run in finishing 3rd in the B event (2mins 57.4secs).  Both girls doubled up again in the 150m with Korn 5th in the A event (26.0secs) and Surman, in her debut at the distance, 4th in the B event (24.1secs).  Surman also produced a new best in the 75m running under 12 secs for the first time in clocking 11.9secs for 5th in the A event.