Bicester AC were not without their successes in the round 1 of Midland Division 1C lower age group Youth Development Athletics League held last Saturday in Leicester, with Bicester finishing a highly combative 3rd.

Following on from the Oxfordshire Junior League last week, there were a number of good performances from the under 13 girls. Imogen Cox ran to victory in the A 800 metres with a new personal best clocking of 2mins 52.3s as well as finishing 2nd in the Javelin (11.62m). Bicester made a strong showing in the under 13 girl’s shot with Freya McGinlay putting a promising 6.03m for 2nd and Charlotte Kavanagh winning the B event (5.47m). Kavanagh also ran a superfast 11.6s for 2nd in the 75m B event.  And as in the Oxfordshire League match last week, the under 13 girls excelled in the 4 x 100m relay with the team of Katie Groves, Holly Offord, Frey McGinlay and Charlotte Kavanagh finishing 2nd in 60.4secs just 0.2 secs down on first.

Although not a winner on the day Alex Nicolaides put in two very good efforts in the under 13 boy’s 100 metres and Long Jump. Nicolaides recorded a new personal best effort of 3.61 for 2nd in the Long Jump as well as finishing 2nd in a competitive 100 metres (15.5secs). Bicester’s only other A string winner was Amy Willis who ran very well for first in the under 15 girl’s 300 metres (48.6secs). Willis also finished a good 3rd in the 75m hurdles (16.0secs) and 2nd in the B Long Jump (3.89m).

Amelia Cox enjoyed a busy afternoon finishing 2nd in her main event the under 15 girl’s 1500 metres and only just down on her best (5mins 20.9secs). Cox also produced good efforts in the javelin where she was 3rd (20.65m) and Long Jump (3.96m).

Bicester showed up prominently in the under 15 boy’s event with both Bicester competitors running personal bests.  Edward Jolliffe just ducked under the 5 minute mark with 2nd (4mins 59.9secs) and Sean Lock won the B string (5mins 6.5s). Jolliffe also recorded a new personal best mark in the Long Jump finishing 2nd with 4.55m. There were also personal bests Ben Groves in the 200m and Sam Rayson in the 100m and 80m hurdles.

Written by N.Dolden