Catton Park, Walton upon Trent, South Derbyshire

Saturday 16th March 2013

Preliminary Information

This page will be updated during the weeks leading up to the event as more details become available.

The 53rd Boys and 45th Girls ESAA English Schools' Cross Country Championship is to take place at Catton Park on Saturday 16th March 2013.

Catton Park is in the grounds of the Catton Hall Country House near the village of Walton-upon-Trent in South Derbyshire, which is ideally situated in the heart of England. The venue is centrally located to Derby, Leicester, Birmingham and Stoke-on-Trent and is just four miles from the A38, which connects the M1 and M6 via Derby and Burton.

The course is on private land and the owner of Catton Park has insisted that there cannot be any prior running of the Championship Courses before the actual date of the Championships.

Travel Instructions

We have been advised by all the regulatory authorities that all
championship traffic must follow the Catton Park directions given
by them - click the How to Get There link in the menu on the left.


Car parking will be on fields adjacent to the course. Car parking is 5 per car and will include a complimentary programme.

Disabled Access

There is very limited space for disabled parking on a small hard-standing area near the start/finish. Blue Badge holders need to contact the ESAA to request a pass. If you look at the map below, the track running from the road to point 'M' is a rough uphill farm track - wheelchairs could possibly use that, but with some difficulty. The course is rough undulating pasture land, so wheelchair access to other areas would be very difficult.


9.00 am - Championship site open for access.
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
Followed by the Individual Presentation
1.00 pm - Junior Boys Championship
Followed by the Individual Presentation
1.30 pm - Junior Girls Championship
Followed by the Individual Presentation
2.00 pm - Intermediate Boys Championship
Followed by the Individual Presentation
2.35 pm - Senior Girls Championship
Followed by the Individual Presentation
3.05 pm - Senior Boys Championship
Followed by the Individual Presentation

Course Map

The course is over undulating pasture land with some rises and falls of altitude - the height difference from the start to points D and F is about 25 metres. It is challenging, very undulating with short fairly steep uphill stretches and some longer downhill stretches. Approximately half the course is on relatively flat land.

Most of the course will be visible from the start/finish areas.

The land has been used in the recent past by horses and farm animals.

Small Lap
Start >> C >> A >> B >> CApprox = 700m
Medium Lap
C >> A >> D >> E >> F >> G >> M >> B >> C Approx = 1200m
Large Lap
C >> A >> D >> E >> F >> G >> H >> J >> K >> L >> M >> B >> C Approx = 2500m

Course Age Group Distances
Junior Girls 1 small lap + 1 large lap = 3200m
Inter Girls 1 medium lap + 1 large lap = 3700m
Senior Girls 1 small lap + 1 medium lap + 1 large lap = 4200m
Junior Boys 1 small lap + 1 medium lap + 1 large lap = 4200m
Inter Boys 1 small lap + 2 large laps = 5700m
Senior Boys 1 small lap + 1 medium lap + 2 large laps = 6900m

Distances are all approximate and fall about midway between the maximum and minimum distances as recommended by the ESAA Rules 2012, Rule 36, page 70.

The map and course lengths are provisional. As is usual the organisers reserve the right to alter the courses and their lengths at the last minute.

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.   

Competitor Lists
Lists of all County Teams are published here.

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. Changes notified to us by noon on Sunday 3rd March will appear in the programme and on teeshirts. Any errors notified after that time will appear correctly in the results, but are too late to be included in the programme or on teeshirts.

Please don't keep re-sending emails requesting spelling changes, one email is quite sufficient. Because of the high volume of mail we receive at this time of year we don't have time to reply to them all. Spelling changes notified to us before Sunday 3rd March have been updated in the listings shown here but these lists probably won't be updated after then. However, all subsequent changes 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 yet submitted their team lists.

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 why is it so hard to get the spellings right then? Many might just be typing errors, but for interest, in 2009 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
  • Hannah, Hanna
  • Jonathan, Jonathon, Johnathan, Johnathon, Jonothan
  • 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!

Health & Safety

Athletes are advised that Health & Safety regulations recommend that you should examine the course for potential hazards before competing.

The course has been checked by the organisers and a risk assessment conducted. The race referee has inspected the course and declared it suitable for use. A final inspection will be made on the morning of the event and any issues arising will be addressed then.

The course is on mixed-use land which is grazed by farm animals and also used for equine events. As a matter of normal daily life, we advise that athletes and spectators check that they are up to date with anti-tetanus injections - don't forget that you need a booster jab every 10 years.

Any competitor who has concerns about a safety aspect on the course should bring it to the attention of the organisers immediately. If the issue cannot be resolved satisfactorily, the competitor will be advised not to participate in the event.


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.