Sefton Park, Liverpool

Saturday 8th March 2008


The 48th Boys and 40th Girls ESAA Sainsbury's English Schools National Cross Country Championship is to take place at Sefton Park on Saturday 8th March 2008.

The magnificent 200-acre Sefton Park is in the South East of Liverpool and looks like a natural landscape rather than a man-made park. In spring the sight of millions of golden daffodils around the lake draws residents from across the city and carpets of bluebells give an impression of rural permanence.

We are extremely grateful to Liverpool City Council for allowing us to use this wonderful setting. You can view full details of the park here. (9.3MB pdf file)   

Click the map to get interactive maps from    - you can also find directions from your own address by entering your own postcode as the starting address, and entering L173BN as the destination address (that is L one seven three BN).


Car parking at the 2008 Championships will be on the public roads in and around Sefton Park. Visitors are asked to respect local residents’ right to access their properties and to avoid causing congestion or blocking emergency access by parking illegally or in an inconsiderate manner.

Motorists travelling to Liverpool from the North of England are asked to arrive via the end of the M62, turn left onto the ring road, and travel to Sefton Park following the AA signs marked ‘red route’. On arrival at the venue, AA signs will guide you to park at the northern end of Sefton Park. Please note that there is no access to the north end of the the park from the end of Queens Drive (A5058) due to a bridge closure. Please just follow the signs, not your GPS system!

Visitors travelling from the Midlands or South are asked to arrive via the A561. Turn left off the M62 at junction 6 onto the A5300 dual carriageway. At the end, turn right onto the A561(follow signs towards the Airport and Liverpool). Stay on the A561 dual carriageway, go past the airport, and follow the AA signs marked ‘blue route’. On arrival at the venue, AA signs will guide you to park at the southern end of Sefton Park.

By following these directions, your journey to and from the Championships should be made easier with fewer delays en route to and away from Sefton Park.

Timetable of Events

9.30amChampionship Course Open for Inspection.
Sefton Park is a municipal park. The course is over open parkland, however if wet it can become heavy under foot.
10.00amDeclarations open
11.30amOfficials meeting
12.30pmDeclarations Close and
Championship Course should be cleared
1.00pmIntermediate Girls Championship - 3750 metres
Followed by the Individual Presentation
1.25pmIntermediate Boys Championship - 5900 metres
Followed by the Individual Presentation
1.55pmJunior Girls Championship 3500 metres
Followed by the Individual Presentation
2.20pmJunior Boys Championship - 3750 metres
Followed by the Individual Presentation
2.45pmSenior Girls Championship - 4200 metres
Followed by the Individual Presentation
3.15pmSenior Boys Championship 6500 metres
Followed by the Individual Presentation


Individual presentations (first 6 finishers in each race) will be made as each race is completed, at a point near to the finishing area.

It is again envisaged that the Team Race presentations will take place during the afternoon. There will be announcements made to keep you aware of the times of the Team Race presentations.

The presentation of the Aggregate Team awards will again take place during the Track and Field Championships in July.

Course Map

Course distances are shown in the timetable above.

Site Layout

Registration and Officials' parking is at St Hilda's school, about 600m to the North of the course.

County Coaches will be parked on the roadside adjacent to the course.

International Team Selection

The Athletes invited to represent English Schools' A.A. in the Home International on Friday 28th March in Edinburgh will be selected from the Junior and Intermediate age groups.

The first 10 runners will be handed a letter informing them of this fact as they finish and they will be required to report immediately to the International Team Managers as soon as possible after the race in order to complete the necessary paperwork. Normally the first 8 are selected for the international team. Positions 9 and 10 are reserves in case one of the selected team has to drop out.

Team Travel Arrangements

The Championships are a team event, not an event for individuals. Athletes must travel with and remain with their team for the entire duration of the Championships. It is not permitted for them to travel with parents or others, nor to leave the team accommodation facilities. Athletes are under the care and control of teachers throughout the Championships. Further details relating to competing in ESAA events can be found in the Notes for Parents document.

Competitor Lists

List of County Teams are published here. Competitors are asked to check these lists so that their name appears correctly in the programme, on the tee-shirts, and in the results. Everything to do with the event is prepared automatically from these lists so if your name is wrong here, it will be wrong everywhere! The entries have now been printed in the program and on the teeshirts so it is too late to include changes in them. Any spelling changes received now will appear in the results.

Note that Counties can enter up to 16 athletes in each age group, but only 8 are allowed to run in the event. Your name appearing in these lists DOES NOT MEAN YOU WILL GET TO RUN IN THE CHAMPIONSHIPS. County team managers will make their final team selections in due course and the lucky athletes will be informed either by post or by telephone - you would have been told what your local arrangements are when you filled in your availability forms at the County Championships.

If you find any spelling errors, please notify us immediately. A note for team managers: if you find a spelling mistake in your entries please do not re-submit them online, please notify us directly.

avon    bedfordshire    berkshire    buckinghamshire    cambridgeshire    cheshire    cleveland    cornwall    cumbria    derbyshire    devon    dorset    durham    essex    gloucestershire    greater manchester    hampshire    herefordshire & worcestershire    hertfordshire    humberside    kent    lancashire    leicestershire & rutland    lincolnshire    london    merseyside    middlesex    norfolk    northamptonshire    northumberland    north yorkshire    nottinghamshire    oxfordshire    shropshire    somerset    south yorkshire    staffordshire    suffolk    surrey    sussex    warwickshire    west midlands    west yorkshire    wiltshire    channel islands   

Official Merchandise   
ESAA event tee-shirts, sweatshirts, and other items will be available at the event from our official suppliers Inprints/Sportserve.

After the event you can contact them via their websites.   


Photographs of ESAA events are published in the athletics press, local media, and on this website. All ESAA photographs are taken in accordance with the guidelines relating to photos in schools    published by the Information Commissioner with regard to the Data Protection Act 1998.

Photographs and videos can be taken by the public from public areas for personal use only. They may not be published in any form (including personal or club websites) without written permission from the ESAA.

Photographers at ESAA events wishing to publish photos in the media or in any other form (eg. internet websites), or wishing to use them for anything other than personal use must be officially registered and accredited by the ESAA. A list of officially accredited photographers will be published on this website shortly after the event along with their contact details.

It is not possible to prevent photographs of any particular individual from appearing in the media. If this is a problem for you, you are advised not to take part in the event. If any parent wishes a particular picture of their child appearing on this website to be removed please contact us    and we will do our best to resolve any problem.