Wheeler takes lead into final race

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Thirty athletes from Bicester Athletics Club made the long journey to Cirencester for the third round of the Oxford Mail League and they were rewarded with several fine performances as five runners achieved top ten finishes.

Despite finishing only 14th in the U13 girls race, Sophie Wheeler leads the overall standings in her category with one race to go. However, it was Amy Gould who produced her best run of the season over the 2000m course, finishing an outstanding sixth in 9.50 minutes. Molly Acton and Jennie Procter had a tremendous battle with the former finishing one place better in 19th.

One of the biggest improvers of the day was Erin Higginbottom in 26th place. Other Bicester finishers included: Maisie Silvester (29th), Kerry Hickman (31st), Sydney McDiarmid (36th), Lucy Stowell (37th) and Holly Hunter (40th). Bicester’s team in this category remain a strong third place with one race left.

Millie Couzens, in the U11 event, ran her best ever cross country race in Bicester colours to finish fourth, while other finishers included Freya Smith (29th), Nicole Heijinck (40th), Evie Price (44th), Millie Cox (47th) and Katie Ford (49th). For the boys, Freddie Taylor led the way with sixth place ahead of Samuel Worfolk (27th) and newcomer Thomas Pringle (32nd).

Georgia Usher was once again in the top ten in the combined U9 race, Michael Cadle took fifth and there was an improved effort from Bethan Workman down in 38th, while Ava Neptune did well to finish 44th in her first ever cross country race. Other Bicester finishers included Ben Groves (21st), Ruby Silvester (34th) and Erin Disbrey (43th).

Tom Gould remains just outside the first three places in the U15/17 category with one race to go after a solid 14th finish, eight places ahead of Owen Cox.

Finally, Tom Couzens was Bicester’s sole finisher in the U13s race and he was a fine 12th, clocking 9.16 minutes for the 2000m course.