Bicester AC made the long journey to Tamworth for last Sunday’s UK development League Midlands North East 1C Match and finished 3rd in the final league match of the season.  It was a day of several personal bests and athletes achieving national grade standards.  One of these was achieved by under 13 boy Joshua Smith who achieved a national grade 4 distance of 22.47m in what was only his 3rd javelin event.  Smith also recorded a superb win in his first ever 200 metres clocking 29.8secs.

Anna Jolliffe was a fine 2nd in the under 15 girl’s 1500 metres knocking 10 secs off her previous best with a national grade 4 time of 5mins 13.4secs.  Isabella Couzens also ran a pb for 3rd in the B event  (5mins 34.6secs)  Under 15 girl Freya McGinlay enjoyed a first ever competition in the hammer throwing a national grade 4 mark of 24.55m for 3rd with Isla Bohannon throwing a new personal best of 19.71m for 2nd place in the B event.  Bohannon also sprinted well for 2nd in the 100 metres (14.1secs).

Samuel Rayson, having his 2nd competition of the weekend, recorded two wins in the under 15 boy’s high jump (1.65m) and 80m hurdles (12.9secs).  Rayson also leapt to his 2nd best ever long jump finishing 2nd  with 5.28m.  The only other Bicester A string win was by Samuel’s brother Kyle, who took the under 13 boy’s high jump with a personal best leap and national grade 4 mark of 1.30 with teammate Robson Matthews taking the B string (1.15m).  Rayson also achieved a personal best in the long jump (3.68m) finishing 3rd and sprinted well for 3rd in the 100 metres (14.8secs)   

Katie Groves continues to show fine form in the shot putt and she achieved her first ever national grade ever national grade 4 mark of 6.62m for 2nd place in the under 13 girl’s shot.  Groves was also 2nd in the high jump (1.20m) with Jasmine Hendon taking the B (1.20m) and also won the B javelin (10.21m) with Bethany Wetton taking 3rd place in the A string with a new personal best of 10.81m .  Groves’s brother Ben was also competing in his 2nd event of the weekend and did well to run a personal best for 3rd in the under 15 boy’s 100 metres (13.5secs) as well as winning the B long jump (4.58m). 

Michael Cadle was also competing in his 2nd event of the weekend but this did not stop him from achieving two further personal bests for 3rd in the under 15 boy’s B string 100 metres (13.8secs) and 2nd in the B 200 metres (27.9secs).  Jenny Critchley was having her 2nd competition in 5 days and she only narrowly missed her personal best in the under 15 girl’s 800 metres (2mins 35.4secs) but did get a personal best in the long jump finishing 2nd in the B event (3.75m).  And Emily Horring won the under 15 girl’s B 75m hurdles in a new personal best time of 16.2secs.  Kristin Senior achieved a double set of pbs in the under 13 girls sprints with 11.4secs in the 75 metres and 22.6secs in the 150 metres.

Written by N Dolden