Bicester AC celebrate with awards night

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Bicester Athletics Club celebrated a successful summer of track and field athletics at their presentation evening.

The club competed in three different leagues during the Summer, including the return of the Heart of England League, which was won by Bicester’s U11 boys.

There was a special prestigious award presented by English Athletics on the awards night with long-standing club member Orla Welby claiming the South East Regional Volunteer of the Year award for her contributions to coaching at Bicester and in schools. Another longstanding member, Karen Magill, won the club’s Outstanding Contribution of the Year award for her work on the local coaching network.

As for the track and field awards, Thomas Kavanagh won the U11 Track Athlete of the Year after equaling the club record in the 75m, with Josiah Edwards-Giraud picked up the field award.

Connor Wilce broke the club’s U15 triple jump record to win the field performer award and Annie Jankowiak was named the best rack athlete for her efforts in the 300 metres.

Another club record fell in the U13 girls 1500 metres as Amy Gould set a new mark of 5.49 minutes, while Holly Griffiths Brown enjoyed a superb summer to end as the leading U13 girl competitor in four events, giving her the Field Performer of the Year award.

Jess Cherry also collected an impressive set of national grade U17 awards during the summer to pick up the best field athlete and Nerissa Starrett was named U17 Club Athlete of the Year.

Other awards went to: Bevon Starrett, Tom Couzens, Yolanda Martin, Jack Clemence, Michael Cadle, Natalia Cox, Haydn Durrant, Rushani Arumugham, Amelia Cox, Freya Smith, Orlaith Lyford, Fergus Jones, Ffion Phillips, Tom Gould, Alex Jack, Emily Benfield and Mark Smith.