Bicester youngsters hit top form

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Bicester Athletic Club’s runners were in excellent form in the first round of this season’s Oxford Mail Cross Country League at Wittenham.

The club fielded three full teams in the U13 girls race held over a 2,000m course, with Amy Gould claiming a fine third place after clocking 7.59minutes. She led the A team to fourth.

Holly Griffiths Brown produced her best ever cross country effort to come 10th, shortly followed by Maisie Silvester in 19th. Also finishing for Bicester in this age group were Freya Smith (31st), Lauren Garside (35th), Holly Hunter (42nd), Lucy Stowell (51st) and Paige Scarlett (54th).

Bicester got off to a flying start in the U11 girls race run over 1,200 metres with two runners placing in the top six. Leading the way was Millie Couzens, the first Oxfordshire runner home in third in 3.58, followed by Amelia Cox in sixth, with Lucy Watts 17th and last year’s star U9 performer Georgia Usher 23rd. Other Bicester finishers were Isabella Hopkins (25th), Ava Neptune (44th), Maddy Powell (52nd), Evie Price (57th) and Rubie Silvester (58th).

Freddie Taylor produced one of the best male cross country finishes from a Bicester runner in recent years by placing fourth for the U11 boys.

He was well supported by Ellis Griffiths Brown, who took 14th, and Michael Cadle in 18th. Other finishers were Michael Gilbert (37th), Ben Groves (41st), Cameron Scarlett (43rd), Jospeh Nugent (44th), Finn Graham (47th) and Ethan Connor (50th).

For the U9s, Harry Rendell was another top 10 finisher, taking seventh, while Imogen Cox was 15th and third girl finisher, Edward Gilbert claimed 29th, Isla Bohannon came 39th, Bethan Workman 40th and Hollie Offord was 41st.

U13 Tom Couzens crossed the finish line 11th, followed by Billy England (19th) and Samuel Worfolk (35th).

Finally, there was three debutants in the U15/17 girls race held over 3,500m. Tara Gowans had the honour of leading the team home in 33rd place with Libbie Nicklin 50th and Bethan Liversidge 52nd. Tom Gould was Bicester’s sole competitor in the U15/17 boys event and he finished 18th.