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Bill Higson Memorial Cyclo-Cross Prospect Park, Reading Sunday 22nd September 2019

By twarwick - Posted on 12 September 2018



Start times as shown below. There will be course warm up opportunities between races but you must enter the course behind the Sweeper and keep behind so as not to intefere with any unfinished racing. Races can be entered online via the British Cycling website here. We aim to offer entries on the day for any races that are not full after on-line entries close but there is a limit of 100 riders per race so recommend pre-entry to avoid disappointment.  

 Time  Race Entry(online)
Entry(on day)
 10:00  Under 10  £2.00  £4.00 
 10:20  Under 12  £2.00  £4.00
 11:05/11:06  Youth(U16)/(U14)  £6  £9
 11:07  Novice 16+  £6  £9
 11:50  Men Vet40/
Junior Men




 Women (Sen/Vet)






 14:15 Men Vet 50  £18  £21
 15:15 Men Senior  £18  £21

Please note: For Wessex League events such as ours, you don't need a BC Race license, just a minimum Bronze membership level. A £3 event surcharge applies for non British Cycling members aged over 16 for day membership purchase. The novice event does not require membership as it is run as a Go-Cross event.

Registration will close approximately 20 minutes before the race start time.


Prospect Park is located just off the A4 Bath Road in Reading.

Prospect Park,
Liebenrood Road,
RG30 2ND


This year, parking is available on site. There's a smaller car-park with hardstanding and a height limit, and also an overflow carpark on a grassy area. In case of very heavy rain, this latter carpark may be unavailable and you will be directed to a reserve carpark a short distance away.

Car parking at drivers’ own risk; Reading Borough Council and the race organisers will not accept any liability for any accidents, damage or loss incurred. 



Prizes are in accordance with Wessex League rules, with equal prizes on offer in all categories for female and male competitors. It is hoped the podium ceremonies will be about 10-15 minutes after the end of each race. There will be podiums for all categories including U8, U10 and U12.


We are using chip timing so will aim to announce a provisional result as soon as possible. Firm result will be posted within a few days once queries have been resolved


Prospect Park offers a host of natural features that we have put together to create three interesting and challenging courses.


Catering will be available on site from Allez Nutrition


Please remember that Prospect Park is a public open space. Reading Cycling Club takes no responsibility for loss or damage to items or property left unattended.

In a previous year a competitor's bike was stolen from outside the toilets where it was left unattended and unlocked (although thankfully it was later recovered). It's not advisable to leave bikes unlocked and unattended in the more public areas of the park, away from the event HQ itself.


We are grateful for the support of Reading Borough Council in making Prospect Park available to us.

Changing rooms & showers available. Please note, in accordance with Reading Borough Council's Child Protection Policy under 16s are prohibited from using the shower facilities as there will be shared use with the senior football calendar on the day.


Bill Higson was a well-liked and enthusiastic member of Reading Wheelers Cycling Club. The Son of Wheelers chairman Stan Higson (who led the club through to 1974 when it amalgamated to become Reading Cycling Club), Bill was a good all-rounder with success on both road and track including wins in the `Presidents 50` (1960 & `61).

He always enjoyed the club cyclocross, called a `scramble` in those days, and usually ended up in the pond at Burgfield Common, complete with bike, for a post-race `dip`!

Bill was tragically killed in a road accident in 1965.


Alan Jacob (a well-known `Independent` rider in the 1960`s) gave the club a trophy, which became the `Bill Higson Memorial Cup` to be awarded to the winner of the Club`s annual Cyclo-Cross. The first winner being Dave Wren in 1966.


Cyclo-cross is off-road bicycle racing. The action is fast and furious and is great to watch as well as take part in. The course the riders follow will be marked out on the day and uses the wood and open space to the north side of the Mansion House down to the Tilehurst Road.

The under 12s race for 10-15 minutes, youths (12-16 years old) for half an hour, and juniors, seniors, and women for anything up to an hour. During this time we invite you to come and watch and find out more about the sport, but also request that any dogs are kept under control. Marshals will be on hand to answer any queries you may have and course marking will be removed as soon as the event is over.