The Berks Bucks & Oxon Cross Country Championships is one of the oldest such event in the athletics calendar having been competed for since 1909 when Slough Harriers won the inaugural event. The local club have enjoyed their fair share of success over the years but nothing can compare to the achievement at Prospect Park Reading on Sunday when WSEH emerged with 5 individual winners and 3 sets of team golds in the 10 race event plus a whole host of minor medals.

The first race of the day was the Senior Womens event and all the WSEH runners were in the Under 20 age group. The race was a triumph for Meg Ormond who was a clear winner in 19m27, some 5 seconds ahead of her chasers. Juliet Soane was next home in 16th place closely followed by Charlotte Harris who was 21st. The WSEH team finished in 4th place behind winners Reading AC.

The Senior Men were next to face the starter and team captain Simon Millett led by example with a winning time of 32m31, some 20 seconds ahead of the next to finish. A rejuvenated Steve Kimber also had a good run to finish 7th. with 18 year old Jack Goddard in his wake in 11th place, gaining him the silver medal, in the U20 category. The team was completed by Ben Findlay (29th), Kieran Best(31st) and Sean Jackson (U20/36th). The team came away with silver medals behind Reading AC.

The U17 Girls race was totally dominated by WSEH athletes, providing the first three home. Phoebe Anderson led the charge with her victory in 20m17. Closely in tow were Molly Jones in 2nd place and Ida Burrows on her WSEH debut taking the 3rd spot.
WSEH were thus easy winners of the team race but the honours did not end there. The WSEH B team of Kate Thompson (7th), Maya Hodgson (13th), and Morgan Hanson(15th) scooped up the bronze awards.

Shaun Hudson was the best of the WSEH U17 men with his 2nd place in 18m04. His support came from Pavit Kullar (8th) and Dan Brookling (9th) to take the silver medals in the team event. Reading AC were the winners.
The WSEH B and C teams were also well placed in 5th and 7th places respectively, via the efforts of newcomer Sam Southall(11th) Matt Clutterbuck (12th), Boris Gurney(21st), Zain Kothari ( 22nd), Marvin Tchangwa (25th), Joe Clarke(27th), Matt Daines (29th).

The WSEH U17 Ladies were in a class of their own, with the Young sisters dominating proceedings. The youngest of the duo Jasmine Young was first to cross the finish line in the gold medal position in 12m17 just 5 seconds ahead of sister Amy in 2nd place. WSEH stitched up the team golds with a 4th place finish from Eloisa Harris. The WSEH B team was just out of the medal hunt in 4th place via Lily Rolfe(13th), Kate Clutterbuck(16th) and Holly Landon(18th). WSEH had by far the largest representation in this race with the C team of Ella Van Heerde(20th) Madison Foxcroft(21st) and Isabelle Craven(22nd) placing 6th and the D team of Izzy Thompson(29th), Melissa Hamilton(36th) and Grace Hudson(37th) securing 9th place in the team event,
The WSEH winning streak was maintained by Sam Hodgson in the Boys Under 15 race winning in 11m08. Newcomer Luke Hynes demonstrated his talent with a good 3rd place just 10 seconds adrift. The winning WSEH team was completed by Ross Van Heerde in 7th place. There was strong running from the WSEH B team finishing just out of the medals in 4th place, with contributions coming from Josh Patteson(10th), Sam Helsby(19th) and Jordi Evans-Rodriguez(20th). There was also a WSEH C team on display, finishing 7th – Jack Campbell(23rd), James Palmer(29th) and Elliot Lowrie(40th).
The Under 13 Girls event saw WSEH once again to the fore, with Charlotte Dewar winning the race by the tightest of margins in a sprint finish in 11m00. Oona Gibbons was next to appear in 5th place, with Rachel Clutterbuck on her heels in 7th place to take the team gold medals. The WSEH B team also got amongst the awards with bronze in the team event – with some close packing from Freya Willcox,(10th) Alma Thomsen (11th) and newcomer Daya Baga(12th). There was also a WSEH C team that finished 11th, with input from Elidh Green(30th), Olivia Murphy(36th), Isabelle Spencer(38th) and Charlotte Green(39th).
The WSEH Under 13 Boys could not quite match the exploits of the Girls, with the best run coming from George Thomas in 6th place in 11m07, with Rocco Hudson close on hand in 10th place with Matthew Knight in attendance in 13th place. Silver team medals were gained behind winners Radley AC. The WSEH B team of Charlie Hodson(19th), Oliver Lewis(23rd) and Joshua Claassen(25th) finished in 6th place with the C team of Finley Tilbury(31st), Kai Norbron(36th) and Sam Clarke(39th) in 9th spot.