CROSS COUNTRY runners got their running shoes on for an endurance competition at South Hill Park.

Over 500 children from schools all around Bracknell Forest got involved in the competition, which was organised by the council as part of the Young People in Sport Scheme.

The cross country relay event went off with a bang thanks to the dry weather and perfect running conditions.

The senior schools were the first out, taking on the 1KM meadow and woodland course around the park.

Ranelagh A team held off a fightback from Edgebarrow and the Ranelagh B team to win the first race of the day.

In the Girls B team race, the Ascot Heath team overtook New Scotland Hill in the final leg to take victory, with Binfield coming third.

The Boys Junior B team race was next up, with Ascot Heath finishing third.

Some great running in the B races had set the teams up nicely for the A races, and the first Girls A race saw Whitegrove win by just 30 seconds ahead of Harmanswater, who in turn just pipped New Scotland Hill.

By the time the Boys A race came round there was vociferous support from their teammates and all of the others that had already run.

The Boys A team race produced a thrilling encounter that was won by just three seconds.

New Scotland Hill chased down a resilient Whitegrove team, but couldn’t quite close the three seconds gap.

Former All-England cross country champion Julian Goater congratulated all of the teams at the end of the races and presented the medals.