Bicester athletes star in final fixture

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Thirty-six athletes represented Bicester Athletic Club at the final sportshall fixture of the season at Windrush Leisure Centre in Witney.

The U11 girls team began the day holding a slender one point lead in the overall standings, and they made a strong start with Katie Ford, Emilia Sims, Abigail D’Silva and Erin McDonnell winning the obstacle relay. That success, combined with victories for Millie Couzens, Georgie Cordy, Amelia Cox, Rushani Arumugham, sealed overall victory both on the day and in the season-long competition, with Couzens taking individual gold and Arumugham the silver.

The U11 boys also had a spectacular end to their season as they matched the girls. Josiah Edwards-Giraud, Charlie Shaw, Ellis Griffiths-Brown, Edward Jolliffe, Thomas Kavanagh, Sean Lock, Seion Alexander, Morgan Attrill and Samuel Worfolk all claimed first place finishes in their respective events to help the team to first place. Individual gold went to Edwards-Giraud and Kavanagh took silver.

It was a closer competition for the U13 girls. Holding just a four point lead over Radley and a seven point advantage over Banbury, the team started strongly with Amy Gould, Isabelle Kinsella-Miles, Alice Daniel and Holly Griffiths-Brown claiming second in the obstacle relay. Daniel and Kinsella-Miles followed that with victory in the vertical jump, matched by Gould and Griffiths-Brown in the four-lap races. Lauren Garside and Orlaith Lyford were then third in the two-lap event and the shot putt as the team took overall gold with Griffiths-Brown securing the individual gold and Alice Daniel the bronze.

The U13 boys ended their season in style with first place finishes in all the individual events. Harvey Attrill and Tom Couzens ran superbly for first in the two-lap races, as did Olly Lewis and William Sims in the four-lap event. Lewis and Fergus Jones were first in the vertical jump before Couzens and Sims triumphed in the standing triple jump and Attrill and Lewis in the shot putt. They finished on top of the overall standings.

In the U15 competition, Olivia Stock, Rhiannon Penfold, Amy Chapman and Emma Ford led the Bicester girls to overall third, while the boys finished second after strong performances from Connor Wilce, Tom Gould, Zak Wilce, and Alex Jack.

The Bicester team finished the season coming away with six winners plates and 10 individual medals.