Bicester AC co-hosted the latest round of the UK Development League Midland Division 1C match with Leamington C & AC held at Leamington Spa last Saturday.  They faced some strong opposition from Midland clubs but put up a spirited effort to eventually finish 4th just 20 points off 3rd place.  A string wins were hard earned, but several Bicester runners enjoyed personal best performances in what were near ideal conditions.

Samuel Rayson enjoyed another successful meet with three wins.  Rayson jumped to a new personal best in the under 15 boy’s long jump with 5.02m and also landed wins in the 80m hurdles (13.1secs) and high jump (1.53m).  One of Bicester’s best performers on the day was Jenny Critchley who bagged three new personal bests.  She started off with further improvement in the under 15 girl’s 800 metres (2mins 35.0sec) where she finished 4th.  She then produced a surprise win in the 300 metres, in what was her inaugural try at the distance, clocking 47.3secs and set another personal best in the high jump with 3rd and a leap of 1.25m.

One of the other performances of the day was from Michael Cadle who was back to form in the javelin producing a massive personal best with this weight of javelin and winning the under 15 boy’s event with 24.69m.  As ever Cadle was busy competing in a diverse range of events which included a personal best run of 14.1secs in the 100 metres. 

The under 13 girls had the best relay result of the day as they sprinted to a competitive 2nd in the 4 by 100 metres relay where the team of Katie Groves, Hollie Offord, Jessica Garside and Kristin Senior combined for a 59.9secs clocking.  All 4 girls enjoyed individual bests with Offord 3rd in the 150m (22.9secs), Katie Groves 2nd in the shot (5.72m), Jessica Garside 4th in the 75m (11.7secs) and 150m (24.3secs) and Kristin Senior 75m (11.6secs).

Evie Mimpress substantially improved her previous best by winning the under 15 B girl’s shot with a putt of 6.36m.  Freya McGinlay also produced a best in the A string where she was 3rd with 7.59m.  Charlotte Kavanagh has also started the season well and she was just 3cm short of first place in the under 15 girl’s long jump (3.96m).  However, she produced a superb run to take the B 200 metres in a new personal best of 30.2secs.

Ben Groves was in personal best form setting new marks in the under 15 200 metres (27.2secs) as well as the 1500 metres (5mins 29.3secs).  Groves also took the B high jump with a leap of 1.45m.  Luca Fabri, in only his 2nd competition for the club, plugged on gamely for 3rd in the under 15 boy’s 800 metres (2mins 55secs). 

There were some spirited efforts from the under 13 boy’s team with several personal bests set.  Robert Charlton set a new best in finishing 2nd in the shot (5.13m) and also ran a new best in the 800m (2mins 53.03secs).  Kian Brown took the B shot with a new pb of 4.17m as well as setting a new best in the 100m (16.0secs).  Joshua Smith was a very good 2nd in his first attempt at the javelin (9.97m) as well as producing a solid effort for 3rd place in the 1500m (5mins 24.0secs).  Robson Matthews achieved three bests on the day which included a 2nd place in the B javelin (8.55m).  Kyle Rayson also ran well for 2mins 56.4secs in his inaugural 800 metre performance as well finishing 2nd in the 75m hurdles (16.2secs) and 3rd in the Long Jump (3.54m.  And Jack Dyer in his debut performance for the club was a good 2nd in the B Long Jump (2.89m).

Written by N Dolden.