Stanford Hall

Saturday 21st March 2009


Late Breaking News

There are currently major resurfacing roadworks on the A6 which result in a section being completely closed from Junction 24 going South towards Stanford Hall - between Kegworth and Hathern. We've been assured that these roadworks will be completed by Friday 20th March, but just in case they overrun, please be aware that there are diversions in place which may add 20 minutes to your journey. Diversions will be signposted if still in place. Light vehicles have a shorter diversion from Junction 24 - coaches will need to travel to Junction 23 and go through Loughborough, then northwards from there.

You can view the diversion routes here.

Friday: 8pm. We've been told that the surfacing has been completed and road markings were underway on Friday. Currently it is still expected that the road will be open on Saturday.


There will be a 5 charge per car to park at Stanford Hall. This is to off-set the costs of hiring the Hall, the grounds, all the work done on the Course, and any re-instatement that may be needed. It might also encourage you to become more aware of the growing needs to share vehicles to reduce the global impact they have on climate changes - next year we plan to introduce an online car-sharing facility where you'll be able to contact parents of other team members in your County to discuss sharing travel arrangements with them.

PLEASE READ THE IMPORTANT NOTICE BELOW and ensure that everyone connected with this event is made aware of it.

The 49th Boys and 41st Girls ESAA Sainsbury's English Schools National Cross Country Championship is to take place at Stanford Hall on Saturday 21st March 2009.

Our original venue was to have been Donington Park but unfortunately unforseen major new construction work was required there in order for the owners to stage the 2009 Grand Prix - our proposed cross country course lay right in the middle of the works!

We are indeed extremely grateful to Stanford Hall for making their facilities available to us at such short notice.

This Stanford Hall is just a few miles East of our original venue and is NOT the Stanford Hall which is much further south, near Lutterworth, also in Leicestershire. Sat-Nav users beware!

Venue address: Stanford Hall, Melton Road, Stanford on Soar, Loughborough LE12 5QW

Google Earth: search for Kegworth, then go South East for a few miles. Alternatively, search for East Leake, then go a couple of miles south. You can zoom in almost to cow-pat level from there! The sheep and cows will have moved, but we cannot guarantee anything about the cow-pats.

click the map to find Stanford Hall

To find directions, enter postcode LE12 5QW as the destination.

History of Stanford Hall

The site on which Stanford Hall now stands has been occupied by large country houses for well over 200 years. The present hall was built between 1771 and 1774 for Charles Vere Dashwood and was subsequently owned from late in the 19th century by the very wealthy Ratcliffe family.

In 1928 the owner was Kathleen Kimball, who sold the Hall on March 24th of that year to Mr. Julian Cahn for 70,000. Julian Cahn, who was born on 21st October 1882, was the son of Albert Cahn, the founder of Nottingham Furnishing Company. By 1943 when he retired and sold out to Great Universal Stores, he controlled a chain of between 300 and 400 stores.

The baronetcy was awarded in 1934 for services to Agriculture and a number of charitable causes. Apart from a great interest in cricket, his other great love was of magic and illusions, and on several occasions before 1937, Cahn had entertained the members of the Leicester Magic Circle in the Great Hall at Stanford.

Around 1936, Sir Julian Cahn made the decision to have his own theatre built and he employed the services of a Mr. J.E. Redding, a well known interior decorator and designer. The architect chosen was an extremely experienced cinema architect named Cecil Aubrey Massey. Massey designed the basic building and left the interior to others, in this case Redding and Smith, his chief designer. The walls of the auditorium were decorated with murals painted by Beatrice MacDermott, a mural specialist known for her screen designs.

In those days, an ordinary guest attending a performance would enter, as do audiences today, through the small double entrance doors in the entrance foyer. This foyer has been altered considerably since originally built with the construction of a first floor bar extension. Sir Julian and his special guests would enter from the Hall through his private foyer and in through the double doors of the centre rear of the auditorium with a view towards the stage. They would probably see Beatrice MacDermott's elegant curtain rather than the safety curtain we see today.

The furnishings of the theatre reflect the comfort and elegance of a bygone age but the stage equipment and dressing room accommodation were well abreast of the times when installed and more than suitable for modern performances. A Wurlitzer theatre organ was bought by Sir Julian Cahn from the Madelaine Theatre, Paris and installed in the theatre. It is regularly tuned and organ interludes have been broadcast from the theatre.

After the death of Sir Julian Cahn in 1944, the Hall and the Estate was bought by the Co-operative Union Limited. The Hall housed the Co-operative College, the residential training centre of the Co-operative Union for students from Britain and many other countries.

Further Information

As Stanford Hall is private property the Championship Course will only be open for inspection on Championship Saturday. Permission for us to hold the Championships there could be withdrawn if you do not respect this notice.

Please be aware that this venue is on private farmland and the owners have already been extremely generous in making the venue available to us at short notice. The course is NOT a public park and is actively used for cattle and sheep grazing. We cannot emphasise enough how important it is that YOU DO NOT VISIT the area before the day of the competition. For those with short memories, the Championships in 2001 had to be cancelled at very short notice - we rely entirely on the goodwill of our hosts.

The course is over gently sloping grassland, however if wet it will become heavy and muddy under foot.


The race order and start times are different from previous years. Race distances are approximate and subject to change depending on ground conditions.
9.30 am - Course open for inspection
10.00 am - Declarations open
11.30 am - Officials meeting
12.00 am - Declarations Close and Championship Course should be cleared
12.30 pm - Intermediate Girls Championship (4.1 Km)
Followed by the Individual Presentation
1.00 pm - Junior Boys Championship (4.1 Km)
Followed by the Individual Presentation
1.30 pm - Junior Girls Championship (3.25 Km)
Followed by the Individual Presentation
2.00 pm - Intermediate Boys Championship (5.4 Km)
Followed by the Individual Presentation
2.35 pm - Senior Girls Championship (4.5 Km)
Followed by the Individual Presentation
3.05 pm - Senior Boys Championship (6.8 Km)
Followed by the Individual Presentation

Competitor Lists

Entries have now closed. 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!

Please ask your friends/colleagues/pupils to check the spellings of their names. We have the following deadlines for corrections:

Corrections notified to us after these deadlines will be too late for inclusion.

Counties can enter up to 12 athletes in each age group, and 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 giving your County, Age Group, and the correct spelling.

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Course Map

Notes for Parents

Competing for your County Team can be a life-changing experience for children. For some, it is a stepping stone to future glory. For many, it will be the pinnacle of achievement.

For parents who may be concerned about what exactly is involved, we have prepared a document detailing what to expect, what not to expect, and a few indications of how things are, and why.

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.