Bicester youngsters rewarded for record-breaking season

Bicester athletes show off their awards at the club's presentation night
Bicester athletes show off their awards at the club's presentation night

Club chairman Steve Flynn gave the opening address at the annual Bicester Athletic Club track and field awards staged at Bicester Rugby Club.

Special guest for the evening and handing out the awards was former Bicester athlete Freddie Curtis, who was a member at the club for seven years from the age of eight. Freddie is now a Great Britain international and has high hopes of competing at Rio at the 2016 Olympics.

Despite not having their own running facilities and having to train on grass, there were several fine Bicester AC running performances during the summer with a number of long-standing club championship records broken.

Holly Griffiths-Brown was named U13 Track Performer of the Year after breaking four club records during the summer, including in the 800m when she clocked 2.33mins in the UK Development League match at Burton. Amy Gould was unfortunate to miss out on this award after she lowered the U13 1,500m club record five times this year.

Millie Couzens dominated the Oxfordshire quad events this summer to the extent that she broke three club records – the 75m, 600m and the long jump – and that saw her collect the U11 Athlete of the Year award. Also in this age group, Amelia Cox set a new mark in the vortex throw of 25.05m which earned her the U11 Field Performer of the Year.

The U15 boys Field Performer of the Year went to javelin thrower Jake Cherry, who improved on his personal best in his event, while Holly Hunter did likewise as she claimed the U13 award.

Having seen his sister set new club records, Ellis Griffiths-Brown did the same in the U11 55m hurdles when he ran 11.24secs to take the U11 Track Athlete of the Year.

Jess Stowell also broke a club record when she set a new mark for the U15 girls’ hammer throw of 14.69m, which earned her the U15 Club Athlete of the Year award.

There were no category winners for the U17 and U20 girls but they were all presented with individual medals. Although now competing in U20 events, Emily Benfield was recognised for her three new club records during the summer which included the 100 and 200 metre sprints as well as the long jump. Jess Cherry also broke the U17 girl shot putt club record three times, culminating in an 11.14m putt in the North Oxon School Championships.

Other Bicester performers who were recognised on the night included Morgan Attrill, Charlotte Kavanagh, Freddie Taylor, Michael Cadle, Amelia Sims, Amber Pittuck, Hayden Durrant, Tom Couzens, Tom Kavanagh, Fergal Jones, Oliver Lewis, Rhiannon Penfold, Yolande Martin, Tom Gould, Conor Wilce, Zac Wilce and Karen Cox.