Five athletes competed for Bicester AC at last Saturday’s UK Development League Match Lower Age Group Midland North East Division B round 2 match held at Tamworth.  Bicester finished 5th of the 5 competing teams but there were several good performances amongst the Bicester contingent with a sprinkling of national graded performances and several personal bests.

There were three Bicester A string wins throughout the afternoon and two of them came from William Cleaver having only his second outing in the under 13 age group.  Both of Cleaver’s wins came in the field events and he followed up his earlier javelin win gained in the Oxfordshire League with another success in this match.  He produced another 20 metre plus throw with a winning mark of 20.96 which is a new EA level 4 performance.  He also produced a winning debut in the high jump with another level 4 clearance of 1.25m.  Cleaver also ran well in the 75m finishing 2nd  (11.60secs).

Bicester’s other win came in the under 15 girl’s long jump with a superb EA level 5 jump of 4.46m by Georgia Bower which was also a national grade 4 mark and tantalisingly close to Bower’s best.  Bower however did set a new best in finishing 3rd in the 200m with a national level 7 time of 28.90 secs with teammate Kate O Malley taking 2nd place in the B race, which was her debut at the 200 distance (33.10secs).  Bower also finished 3rd in the 100m with an EA level 5 performance of 13.50secs.  O Malley ran under 6 minutes for the first time in the 1500 metres in finishing 4th (5mins 54.60secs) as well as finishing 3rd in the B long jump with 3.29m.

Erlgean Appiahkorang-Mensah has already been very busy this Summer but that did not stop him setting three new bests, two of which were national grade 4 marks.  Appiahkorang-Mensah produced a EA level 7 and national grade 4 run in finishing 2nd in the under 15 boy’s A 300m which was also a new best (40.80secs).  Marcus Baker, in his first season of competitive running and he did well to take the B string with a new best time of 40.90secs, also a national grade 4 and EA level 7 time.  The Bicester duo teamed up again in the 800m to fill the exact same positions.  Appiahkorang-Mensah’s clocked 2mins 18.0secs which was a new best time as well as being an EA level 4 and national standard grade 4 time.  Marcus Baker was making his debut at the distance clocking 2mins 33.60secs.  Appiahkorang-Mensah was also in personal best form in the long jump where he finished 2nd with an EA level 5 leap of 4.77m.  And Baker broke 26secs for the first time in the 200m where he finished 3rd with an EA level time of 25.90secs.