Heaton Park, Manchester

Saturday 20th March 2010

Preliminary Information

This page will be updated during the next few weeks as more details become available.
The 50th Boys and 42nd Girls Aviva ESAA English Schools' Cross Country Championship is to take place at Heaton Park, Manchester on Saturday 20th March 2010.

Note that this is not Heaton Moor which is in the South of Manchester. Heaton Park is to the North.

Please visit www.heatonpark.org.uk to find all information about the park and how to get there.

Google Earth: simply search for Heaton Park. That will put you slightly to the east of the park, just scroll left slightly.

click the map to find Heaton Park


To find directions from your home, enter postcode M25 2SW as the destination.

The preferred directions are to leave the M60 ( Manchester Outer Ring Road) at Junction 19.
Follow the A576 Middleton Lane.
At the 3rd set of lights, turn right ( Sheepfoot Lane) - this will be signposted with AA road signs.

The nearest metrolink station is Heaton Park, just outside the Station Gate entrance to the West of the Park.


Public parking is at the Lake Car Park. Car park marshalling will be provided by the Heaton Park Staff - there will be car park charge of 1 to cover the cost of hiring the park facilities.

Coaches will be parked inside Heaton Park, via the Grand Lodge entrance. Note this is a change to previously published parking arrangements. See travel directions and map here in PDF format.


Race distances are approximate and are subject to change depending on ground conditions.
9.30 am - Course open for inspection.
Heaton Park is a public park so there are no restrictions
on when you can visit it before the day of the Championships,
subject to normal park opening times.
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 (4000m)
Followed by the Individual Presentation
1.00 pm - Junior Boys Championship (4000m)
Followed by the Individual Presentation
1.30 pm - Junior Girls Championship (3000m)
Followed by the Individual Presentation
2.00 pm - Intermediate Boys Championship (5500m)
Followed by the Individual Presentation
2.35 pm - Senior Girls Championship (4500m)
Followed by the Individual Presentation
3.05 pm - Senior Boys Championship (7000m)
Followed by the Individual Presentation

Competitor Lists

Right then, the closing date for entries has been reached, and all entries have been received.

Whilst every effort is made to ensure that names are spelled correctly, mistakes do sometimes occur. 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 probably be too late for inclusion. We will update here all spelling changes we receive, once, on the evening of Sunday 7th March, any more received after that may not appear here but will be carried into our files for results production.

Counties can enter up to 12 athletes in each age group, and 8 are allowed to run in the event. Names published here are not necessarily in selection preference order and 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.

Counties shown grey have not submitted their teams yet.

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   

...so why is it so hard to get the spellings right then? Many might just be typing errors, but for interest, last year there were 824 different firstnames, and 2277 different surnames, many of which can be spelled in different ways (even spelled can be spelt in two ways!). Frequently, athletes' names can be passed on to team managers via two or three people, often by phone.

The nature of County teams means that the team managers aren't in daily contact with athletes and quite often they've never come across them before. In such cases it is all too easy to hear a name by phone and spell it as one thinks it should be - sometimes schools don't have the correct spellings in their own files. Some names just have too many spellings - even William Shakespeare couldn't spell his own name consistently from day to day!

Look at some the variations just of firstnames we've seen in recent years - all of these have been verified to be real:

  • Beccy, Becki, Becky, Becy, Beki
  • Darryl, Daryl, Darill
  • Eliot, Eliott, Elliot, Elliott
  • Freddie, Freddy
  • Georgie, Georgy, Georgi
  • Jonathan, Jonathon, Johnathan, Johnathon
  • Kayley, Kayleigh
  • Martin, Martyn, Martainn
  • Mathew, Matthew, Mattheus
  • Michael, Micheal
  • Philip, Phillip, Phillipe
  • Rachel, Rachael, Racheal
  • Rebeca, Rebecca, Rebeka, Rebekah
  • Robin, Robyn
  • Sammy, Sammie
  • Sara, Sarah
  • Stacey, Stacie
  • Stef, Steph
  • Stewart, Stuart
  • Teresa, Teressa, Theresa
  • Thomas, Tomas, Tomaz, Thomass
  • Vicki, Vicci, Vicky, Vikki
  • Zac, Zak

...the list of alternative surname spellings is just too long to publish here but Johnson, Jonson, Johnston, or Johnstone; Thompson, Thomson, or Tompson; and Howarth or Haworth are regulars! Then there's the whole load of Mc and Mac families to recognise.

Finally, thanks to Tom Cox, Ben Cox and Tom Guy who have the easiest names to check!

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 Sportserve.

After the event you can contact them via their website.



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.