Windsor Slough Eton & Hounslow Athletic Club has a long history. The original Slough Cycling & Athletic Club was formed in the 1880s and was renamed Slough Harriers in 1920, becoming Slough Athletic Club in 1946 after World War II. A breakaway group formed Eton Athletic Club in 1948, moving to Windsor to become Windsor & Eton Athletic Club in 1953. With the advent of league athletics in 1968, Windsor & Eton AC and Slough AC merged to form a unified club called Windsor Slough & Eton AC which was based in Windsor.
In 1999, Windsor Slough & Eton AC moved to their present base at the Thames Valley Athletic Centre and in 2000 merged with Borough of Hounslow AC to become today’s Windsor Slough Eton & Hounslow Athletic Club.
The club’s most famous past member is probably Sir Mo Farah, the most successful British track athlete in modern Olympic Games history. Mo was with Borough of Hounslow AC throughout his formative years and remains closely connected to Windsor Slough Eton & Hounslow Athletic Club, most recently supporting the club’s crowdfunding appeal to facilitate the upgrades required to retain our England Athletics TrackMark accreditation https://www.englandathletics.org/clubs-and-facilities/news/crowdfunding-success-for-windsor-slough-eton-and-hounslow-athletic-club/
Other well-known past members include:
Bev Kinch (1983 Universiade gold medallist 100m, 1984 European Indoor Championship gold medallist 60m and former UK long jump record holder 1983–2012).
Keith Connor (1978 and 1982 Commonwealth Games gold medallist triple jump, 1982 European Championships gold medallist triple jump, 1984 Olympic Games bronze medallist triple jump).
Lawrence Clarke (2009 European Junior Championships gold medallist 110m hurdles, 2010 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist 110m hurdles, 2012 Olympic Games 4th place 110m hurdles).
Mark Hylton (1995 European Junior Championships gold medallist 400m and 4x400m, 1996 Olympic Games silver medallist 4x400m, 1997 World Championships silver medallist 4x400m, 1998 European Championships gold medallist 4x400m, 1998 Commonwealth Games silver medallist 4x400m).
Mark Richardson (1996 Olympic Games silver medallist 4x400m, 1997 World Championship silver medallist 4x400m, 1998 European Championships gold medallist 4x400m, 1998 Commonwealth Games silver medallist 400m and 4x400m).
Nicola Sanders (2007 European Indoor Championships gold medallist 400m, 2007 World Championship silver medallist, 400m, 2008 Olympic Games bronze medallist 4x400m and four World Championship 4x400m bronzes).
Paula Fudge (1978 Commonwealth Games gold medallist 3000m and former 5,000m world record holder 1981).
Shirley Thomas (1981 European Junior Championships silver medallist 100m, 1982 European Championships silver medallist 4x100m, 1983 World Championships silver medallist 4x100m).
Wendy Sly MBE (1982 Commonwealth Games silver medallist 3000m, 1984 Olympic Games silver medallist 3000m).
A number of the club’s young athletes have progressed all the way to becoming Great Britain international athletes – Alex Barbour (3,000m steeplechase), Alex Haydock-Wilson (400m), Ashley Bryant (decathlon), Bayley Campbell (Hammer), Jacob Paul (400m hurdles), Jake Norris (Hammer), Jessie Knight (400m & 400m hurdles), Jodie Smith (Heptathlon), Marcey Winter (400 hurdles), Megan Marrs (100m hurdles), Michael Allison (Javelin), Morgan Lake (high jump), Otis Irwin (4x400m relay team), Shelayna Oskan-Clarke (800m) Tade Ojora (110 hurdles), Taylor Campbell (Hammer), Temi Ojora (Triple Jump), Tobi Ogunkanmi (100m) and Toby Makoyawo (100m).
In addition, a number of our current young athletes are in the Olympic Futures Programme – Michael Allison – new! (Olympic Futures Academy), Toby Makoyawo (Olympic Futures Academy), Jake Norris – new! (Olympic Futures Transition), and Jodie Smith (Olympic Futures Transition). See here.
The club are immensely proud of these athletes and congratulate them on these achievements. We look forward to more athletes going on to achieve such heights in the future.
International selection and performance is only one measure of the success of the club. We are proud to be one of the top sixteen clubs in the country who compete in the Premiership Division of the National Athletics League We target qualifying for the National Finals each season, which is for the top 8 clubs. We achieved this in 2021 and 2022. This year we finished 4th! We also work very hard on developing junior athletes and we currently have almost 500 active members across both juniors and seniors.