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Important Weather News
In view of the present conditions in the North East, plus an additional 15cm of snow fall over the last couple of days, and the 10-day weather forecast which predicts more heavy snowfalls spreading across the whole Country, together with overnight temperatures predicted to break long standing records in the coming few nights, the ESAA has decided to take an early decision to postpone the Cup Final at Alnwick on Saturday 4th December.

Photographs of the course taken last Friday (shown here before today's extra 15cm) show that the course is not safe, and could not possibly be made safe by Saturday. The freezing conditions already make travelling from the extremities of the country difficult - a situation which is forecast to get worse this week.

We are all extremely disappointed, but the only slight consolation is that this decision would probably have had to be made irrespective of the event location - even Cornwall is snow-bound, and the South East is now just starting to be hit.

HOWEVER...

The 2010 Cross Country Cup Final has now been rescheduled for March 26th at Alnwick.

I hope that all Schools will be able to compete on that date. We intend simply to use all the Finalists as they were declared although alterations can be made ON THE DAY. Please do not alter the website entries as this will change other already completed details.

Souvenirs that have already been produced will be available from Inprints as usual. The programme, already printed, will stay the same.

I hope that the Finalists will be able to transfer hotel bookings and transport arrangements without additional costs.

For those with pre-booked rail tickets
We are currently trying to negotiate with the rail authorities for them to accept tickets for this week as being valid for March, however we cannot say as yet whether that might be possible. Don't throw them away just yet.

I can be contacted for enquiries as per handbook, brochure and the noticeboard when you log in.

Look out for the 2011 XC Cup Brochure five weeks later!

John Gwyther - National Coordinator

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We are extremely pleased to welcome to Hogwarts all athletes, teachers, officials and spectators for the 2010 English Schools' Athletic Association Schools' Cross Country Cup Finals. We are so very fortunate to be able to run in such a spectacular setting.

The competition is for Junior (under 14) and Intermediate (under 16) age groups (ages as on 31st August 2011), and starts with Round 1 during October, with over 1400 school teams throughout England competing against other local school teams in their County. The leading teams from all the competitions held in each County then compete in one of 8 Regional Finals on 13th November. The National Final pits the leading 3 teams in each Region against each other. Teams comprise 6 athletes with the first 4 counting towards the points total. In the event of a tie on points, the team whose 4th counter finishes higher takes precedence.

Course Venue: Alnwick Castle, Northumberland.

Click the map to get interactive maps and directions from where-ever you live. You can zoom in and out to whatever scale you like and get an aerial view of the surroundings. To get directions, click the 'directions' link, enter your own postcode as the starting address, and enter the destination postcode NE66 1NQ.

Alternatively, you could try running fast through the wall of platform 9 3/4 at King's Cross....but don't forget the rest of the things you need to do at the same time....

You can find everything you need to know about the castle at www.alnwickcastle.com

Accommodation

Northumberland is one of the most beautiful Counties in the Country and there are many holiday spots around the area - view the www.visitnorthumberland.com website for further details.

Site Layout

Team declarations, refreshments, and merchandise sales will be in the Vistor Centre. Presentations will be in the Guest Hall in the Castle. Changing facilities are in the Duchess High School, a short walk from the course. Toilets are in the Visitor Centre and will also be provided near the start.

The sloping ramparts of the castle grounds will provide amazing views over the course for spectators.

Course Maps

Timetable

10.30 to 12.30Course open for inspection
10.30 to 12.30Declarations open
13.00Intermediate Girls Final2750 metres
13.30Junior Boys Final2750 metres
14.00Junior Girls Final2100 metres
14.20Intermediate Boys Final4250 metres
15.30Presentations in the Guest Hall of the Castle

Merchandise

Sportserve will have a stand selling customised teeshirts and sweatshirts. Full details of products available are on their website www.sportserve.co.uk - you can order online or by phone. Further details will be published here nearer the date of the final.

Finalists

The Country is divided into 8 regions - view a map of the regions. The leading 3 school teams from each Regional Final compete in this National Final.

Junior Boys
1 to 6region NW : Manchester Grammar SchoolManchester
7 to 12region NW : Canon Slade CofE SchoolBolton
13 to 18region NW : Calday Grange Grammar SchoolWirral
19 to 24region NE : Park View Community SchoolChester le Street
25 to 30region NE : Royal Grammar SchoolNewcastle-upon-Tyne
31 to 36region NE : Ermysted's Grammar SchoolSkipton
37 to 42region WC : Bromsgrove Preparatory SchoolBromsgrove
43 to 48region WC : Helsby High SchoolFrodsham
49 to 54region WC : King Edward VI Five Ways SchoolBirmingham
55 to 60region EM : Longcroft School and Performing Arts CollegeBeverley
61 to 66region EM : The Robert Manning Technology CollegeBourne
67 to 72region EM : King James's SchoolHuddersfield
73 to 78region EC : Dr Challoner's Grammar SchoolAmersham
79 to 84region EC : Lincroft Middle SchoolBedford
85 to 90region EC : Farlingaye High SchoolWoodbridge
91 to 96region SW : Queen's CollegeTaunton
97 to 102region SW : Ivybridge Community CollegeIvybridge
103 to 108region SW : Millfield PreparatoryGlastonbury
109 to 114region NT : Southend High School for BoysSouthend-on-Sea
115 to 120region NT : The Bishop's Stortford High SchoolBishop's Stortford
121 to 126region NT : The Eastwood SchoolLeigh-on-Sea
127 to 132region SE : The Judd SchoolTonbridge
133 to 138region SE : The Ashcombe SchoolDorking
139 to 144region SE : Danes HillLeatherhead
Intermediate Boys
1 to 6region NW : St Anselm's CollegePrenton
7 to 12region NW : West Hill SchoolStalybridge
13 to 18region NW : Ashton-on-Mersey SchoolSale
19 to 24region NE : The Duchess's Community High SchoolAlnwick
25 to 30region NE : Ermysted's Grammar SchoolSkipton
31 to 36region NE : St John Fisher Catholic High SchoolHarrogate
37 to 42region WC : Lawrence Sheriff SchoolRugby
43 to 48region WC : Marling SchoolStroud
49 to 54region WC : Helsby High SchoolFrodsham
55 to 60region EM : Bourne Grammar SchoolBourne
61 to 66region EM : Wolfreton SchoolHull
67 to 72region EM : Grammar School at LeedsLeeds
73 to 78region EC : Northampton School for BoysNorthampton
79 to 84region EC : Dr Challoner's Grammar SchoolAmersham
85 to 90region EC : Sharnbrook Upper School and Community CollegeBedford
91 to 96region SW : Millfield SchoolStreet
97 to 102region SW : Bishop Wordsworth's Grammar SchoolSalisbury
103 to 108region SW : St Laurence SchoolBradford-on-Avon
109 to 114region NT : St Albans SchoolSt Albans
115 to 120region NT : The Eastwood SchoolLeigh-on-Sea
121 to 126region NT : The Coopers' Company and Coborn SchoolUpminster
127 to 132region SE : Woking High SchoolWoking
133 to 138region SE : Salesian CollegeFarnborough
139 to 144region SE : Wilson's SchoolWallington
Junior Girls
1 to 6region NW : St Hilda's Church of England High SchoolLiverpool
7 to 12region NW : Loreto Grammar SchoolAltrincham
13 to 18region NW : Canon Slade CofE SchoolBolton
19 to 24region NE : St Aidan's Church of England High SchoolHarrogate
25 to 30region NE : Nunthorpe SchoolMiddlesbrough
31 to 36region NE : Central Newcastle High SchoolNewcastle-upon-Tyne
37 to 42region WC : Helsby High SchoolFrodsham
43 to 48region WC : The King's SchoolMacclesfield
49 to 54region WC : Moreton Hall SchoolOswestry
55 to 60region EM : Minster SchoolSouthwell
61 to 66region EM : Grammar School at LeedsLeeds
67 to 72region EM : Ilkley Grammar SchoolIlkley
73 to 78region EC : Aylesbury High SchoolAylesbury
79 to 84region EC : Beaconsfield High SchoolBeaconsfield
85 to 90region EC : Wycombe High SchoolHigh Wycombe
91 to 96region SW : Newquay Tretherras SchoolNewquay
97 to 102region SW : Millfield PreparatoryGlastonbury
103 to 108region SW : The Abbey SchoolReading
109 to 114region NT : Southend High School for GirlsSouthend-on-Sea
115 to 120region NT : The Coopers' Company and Coborn SchoolUpminster
121 to 126region NT : St Albans Girls' SchoolSt Albans
127 to 132region SE : James Allen's Girls' SchoolLondon
133 to 138region SE : Guildford High School for GirlsGuildford
139 to 144region SE : The Ashcombe SchoolDorking
Intermediate Girls
1 to 6region NW : Sacred Heart Catholic High SchoolLiverpool
7 to 12region NW : The Nelson Thomlinson SchoolWigton
13 to 18region NW : Ashton-on-Mersey SchoolSale
19 to 24region NE : The Duchess's Community High SchoolAlnwick
25 to 30region NE : St John Fisher Catholic High SchoolHarrogate
31 to 36region NE : Central Newcastle High SchoolNewcastle-upon-Tyne
37 to 42region WC : Sandbach High School and Sixth Form CollegeSandbach
43 to 48region WC : Helsby High SchoolFrodsham
49 to 54region WC : Saint Martin'sSolihull
55 to 60region EM : Minster SchoolSouthwell
61 to 66region EM : Loughborough High SchoolLoughborough
67 to 72region EM : Manor High SchoolLeicester
73 to 78region EC : Wycombe High SchoolHigh Wycombe
79 to 84region EC : Thurston Community CollegeBury St Edmunds
85 to 90region EC : Tudor Hall SchoolBanbury
91 to 96region SW : Millfield SchoolStreet
97 to 102region SW : Penair School A Science CollegeTruro
103 to 108region SW : South Wilts Grammar School for GirlsSalisbury
109 to 114region NT : Southend High School for GirlsSouthend-on-Sea
115 to 120region NT : The Lady Eleanor Holles SchoolHampton
121 to 126region NT : Brentwood SchoolBrentwood
127 to 132region SE : James Allen's Girls' SchoolLondon
133 to 138region SE : Hawley Place SchoolCamberley
139 to 144region SE : Sevenoaks SchoolSevenoaks

Photographs

Photographs of ESAA events are published in the athletics press, local media, and on this website. All official 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 which are taken by the public from public areas may be used for personal use only. They may not be published in any form (including on 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.

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.