Cross Country

Cross country running is a sport in which teams and individuals run a race on open-air courses over natural terrain such as dirt or grass. Sometimes the runners are referred to as harriers (dogs).  The course, typically 4–12 kilometres (2.5–7.5 mi) long, may include surfaces of grass, and earth, pass through woodlands and open country, and include hills, flat ground and sometimes gravel road. It is both an individual and a team sport; runners are judged on individual times and teams by a points-scoring method. Both men and women of all ages compete in cross country, which usually takes place during autumn and winter, and can include weather conditions of rain, sleet, snow or hail, and a wide range of temperatures.



2020/21 Berkshire XC Championships

‘It has been resolved, regrettably, to cancel the County Cross-Country Championships, earmarked for Sunday 13 December, due to the current co-vid crisis and uncertainty about the future. The option has been left open to rearrange the event should circumstances change; a suitable venue being available; and there being no significant clash with other events’.



County XC Championships


Copas Farms, Cookham


Following a course inspection on Friday 15th, the Race Referee has taken the decision to cancel the Berkshire County XC Championships.

Waterlogged fields have caused concern, and resulted in only a very restricted land area being available for the race. The revised course would have had to consist of short parallel lanes and tight turns, which the race referee felt, on the advice of experienced colleagues, did not create a suitable, fair, XC course for the competitors.

Unfortunately there is no space in the calendar for the event to be rescheduled this season. As per competition rules, entrants will be entitled to a refund of 80% of the entry fee. No application for a refund may be made until after Christmas and the New Year.

Discussions regarding the Inter-Counties XC Championship will take place at a later date.

Event Date: 

Sunday, December 17, 2023