Bicester AC finished 5th in the latest round of the UK Development Athletics League match held last Saturday in Nuneaton.  There were certainly no shortage of fine individual performances but lack of numbers in some events eventually took its toll.

Bicester’s top performer over the weekend was under 15 girl Amber Parker who for the 2nd week running achieved a triple first in each of the throwing events she competed in.  For the third time in a row Parker broke the 9 metre mark in the shot putt with another national grade 3 effort of 9.02m.  She was also victorious in the discus (21.82m) and hammer throw (9.55m).

The performance of the weekend was from Josephine Parker in the under 13 girl’s 75 metres.  Parker took a second off her previous best in finishing 2nd in 10.8secs which was the same time as the winner and also a national grade 3 effort despite being in her first year in the age group.  Parker would have completed a notable double but disaster struck at the final flight of hurdles in the 70 metre hurdles, when leading, which almost certainly robbed her of another personal best.  Once again Parker’s brother Joshua excelled in the under 13 boy’s 200 metres.  The Bucks County Champion added another win in 28.3secs which was only just shy of his personal best.  Parker was also 4th in the Long Jump with 4.13m.

Jacob Gough continues to perform magnificently in the throwing events.  It was a clean sweep in the under 13 boy’s shot putt as Gough won the in 6.66m with Sami Singer victorious in the B (5.65m).  Gough was also an excellent 2nd in the javelin (20.10m) and gained valuable points for the club in the B 800 metres where he was 3rd in 2mins 53.9secs.  It was also a good day for Singer given his relative inexperience in track and field as he was also 2nd in the B 200 metres (33.6secs) as well as running A string in the 800 metres (2mins 53.3secs).

Samuel Rayson is beginning to find his range nicely in his new age group and he ran another personal best in the under 15 boy’s 80m hurdles where he was 3rd in 13.7secs.  Rayson and Ben Groves are a formidable team in the high jump.  Newly crowned Oxford County champion last week, Rayson was just short of his best in placing 3rd  (1.590m) but Groves sealed the points in the B event with victory in 1.40m.  Rayson was also 4th in the Long Jump (4.53) with Michael Cadle taking 2nd in the B event (4.09m).  Groves record a new personal best in the 200 metres (28.6 secs) and Zacharias Singer did very well, given his relative inexperience on the track, with a win in the under 15 boy’s B 200 metres, as well as 2nd in the 300 metres (43.3secs) and 4th in the 1500 metres (5mins 22.1secs).

And there were some promising performances by Bicester’s under 13 girls.  Freya McGinlay again set a new personal best mark in the shot finishing 2nd with a putt of 6.43m.  Emily Horing threw a national grade 4 mark of 15.22m to finish 4th in the javelin and was also 2nd in the B 70m hurdles (15.9secs).  And Amy Willis was over a second faster than her first match effort in the under 15 girls 300 metres (47.3secs) and was also 3rd in the Long Jump (4.13m).

Written by N Dolden