Bicester AC put up a spirited performance in their second round UK Youth Development League match held last Saturday in Banbury.  In what was a competitive heat, Bicester were just half a point shy of 3rd place.  This was Bicester’s best performance in an athletics team event this season with several A string first places(7 in all) and a good smattering of personal bests and national graded efforts.

Samuel Rayson is currently ranked 31st in the country in his specialist event the under 13 boy’s 75m hurdles and it was therefore no surprise that the double county gold medallist was again winner over the hurdles with a national grade 3 time of 13.83secs (Michael Cadle won the B string with a new personal best of 16.03secs).  However as is often the case with team events Rayson was also called into action in other events and once again he enjoyed an excellent all round competition.  Rayson won the shot putt with a new personal best and national grade 4 effort of 7.53m (Ben Groves took the B event with a new pb of 5.65m).  Rayson also recorded a national grade effort in the high jump where he finished 2nd in a new pb of 1.33m.

Bicester enjoyed an excellent day in the older age group 100 metre events with wins in both the boy and girl events.  Sam White only just missed out on a new best in taking the under 15 boy’s 100 metres in a national grade 4 time of 12.5 secs.  Tia Brown went under 14 secs for the first time to record a new pb mark of 13.9secs in winning the under 15 girl’s race (Erin Fabri also recorded a new pb mark of 14.3secs in the B event.

Amy Willis clocked up some miles for the club in the cross country season but she swapped the Oxfordshire pastures for the long jump pit as she won the under 13 girl’s A long jump with a new personal best leap of 3.86m which complemented her win in the B 1200 metres (4mins 35.7secs).

Max Nicolle continues to progress in the 300 metres and he recorded a new pb mark in winning the under 15 boy’s B string with 42.2secs (Sam White was runner up in the A event with 41.7secs).  On a busy day for Nicolle he was 2nd in his specialist event the 1500 metres (4mins 43.3secs) which was a national grade 4 effort but perhaps most surprising of all was his efforts in the Shot Putt where he was 3rd with a  a new personal best mark of 7.33m.

There were further Bicester successes in the under 15 girl’s events.  Amber Parker is starting to show great promise in the hammer throw and she recorded a new club record mark in Saturday’s competition winning with a throw of 22.18m.  She was just 5cm short of winning he discus (20.01m) and also finished runner up in the shot putt with a national grade 4 effort of 7.66m.  Millie Couzens was a comprehensive winner of the under 15 girl’s 1500 metres (5mins 24.6secs).

Bicester enjoyed other wins in the B strings.  Both of the under 15 middle distance B events were won by Bicester through Thomas Kavanagh (2mins 33.8secs) and Freddie Taylor (5mins 14.9secs).  And Charlotte Kavanagh won the under 13 girls B high jump (1.15m).

Other notable Bicester performances included two new personal bests for Joseph Rayner who was 3rd in the A under 15 200 metres (26.2secs) and 2nd in the A high jump (1.45m).  Georgia Usher set a new personal best of 4mins 25.9secs finishing 3rd in the under 13 girl’s 1200 metres) and there were two good second places in the under 13 boy’s sprints for Ben Groves in the 100 metres with a new pb of 14.7secs and Joshua Parker in the 200 metres (29.43secs).

Written by Nick Dolden.