Bicester finish third in Heart of England League

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Bicester Athletics Club have finished third overall in the Heart of England League.

Competing in a tough Division Three against strong teams from the Midlands, Bicester’s youngsters performed admirably, producing several notable results.

One of the outstanding performances came from the U11 boys, who finished the season in first place overall.

Hayden Durrant ended with the highest long jump score of 3.80m, ahead of team mate Josiah Edwards-Giraud, who was in equal second having leaped 3.67m.

Thomas Kavanagh (11.3) was the second quickest 75m runner in the division with Edwards-Giraud (11.4) in third. George Starkey-Vickers and Cameron Scarlett also contributed valuable points to aid the team to victory.

Not to be outdone, the U11 girls finished the season second behind a very strong team from Sparkhill. Amelia Cox produced the third furthest long jump (3.38m) in the division this season while Rushani Arumugham, Katie Ford and Nicole Heijink also provided excellent performances.

The U13 girls continued Bicester’s fine season by taking first for the age group. Among an excellent team performance, Amy Gould set a new club record of 5.49.7 in the final fixture, and the fast-improving Orlaith Lyford recorded huge personal bests in the 100m and 70m Hurdles. The U13 boys were third.

In a tough U15 competition, the boys came a respectable third with Connor and Zak Wilce impressing. As for the U15 girls, they finished in fifth after an excellent debut season for Yolanda Martin.

The U17/senior ladies took sixth overall with highlights from Jess Cherry in the shot, and a number of U20 records being set by Orla Welby in her first year in this age group. The U17 men’s team finished fifth.