CROSS country runners battled it out in a tough competition to win first place in the championships at Newbury Showground.

On January 19, Charters School students took part in the Berkshire Cross Country championships and out of 55 runners, three won individual medals.

Kirstie Hartwell, leader of physical education at Charters said: "We encourage our students to take part in a variety of cross country events and recognise that we have some very talented atheletes who also attend local clubs.

"Both the under15 and under19 girls were crowned county team champions and it is a remarkable achievement that 14 of the students have been selected to represent Berkshire in the South East Schools Inter-County Cross-Country championships on February 2.

Despite a cold and wintery day, fourteen students from Charters School will run for Berkshire in the South East Schools championships which is a massive 'achievement' for the Ascot school.

Charlie Holden, bronze medallist said: "It is great to be able to do something I love and represent Charters School at the same time."

Gold medallist Nathalie Camp also added: "I was aiming for the top three but I am so pleased that I won.

"I ran from the front and just was not caught. I am so proud that I will represent Berkshire at the South East Schools Championships next month."