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Preliminary information

This page will be updated regularly in the run up to the Championships - depending on how your browser is set up you may need to click your refresh button to get the latest additions.

The 83rd ESAA Track & Field Championships will be held at Birmingham Alexander Stadium on Friday 5th and Saturday 6th July.

How to get there

You can find all things to do with the stadium from the Alexander Stadium website.

Travel directions are simple: take Junction 7 off the M6, then follow the A34 towards Birmingham for a couple of miles.

Satnav users can enter postcode B42 2LR as the destination.

Sky TV

This year, for the 7th consecutive year, the Saturday afternoon Finals are to be televised live on Sky Sports.

If anyone has any problem with their being shown on TV, they are advised not to take part - it is not possible to prevent any particular person from being in camera view.

Note that the ESAA cannot provide copies of the Sky broadcast, nor can Sky TV. If you want to watch the event on TV you will need to have a subscription to Sky Sports.

Event Locations

The stadium has undergone significant development since we were there 3 years ago - there is now a new 5000 seat stand overlooking the back straight, and there is a purpose-built Hammer/Discus and Javelin facility just adjacent to the stadium (at the bottom left of this photo).

Because of the size of the Championships, it is impossible to hold all field events within the arena. The Hammer and some Discus and Javelin throws will be held in the field adjacent to the Stadium. Some hurdles heats on Friday morning will be run concurrently - the back straight will be used to run hurdles heats at the same time as other events on the front straight, these are shown (BS) in the timetable. Heats run on the back straight will start at the 200m point and run in the same direction as heats on the front straight. See the FAQs page for further details about this.

The location of the field events are shown on the above photo - refer to the timetable for the location of each event.

Athletes will be allocated to the upper tier of the new stand overlooking the back straight. Spectators will have access to all other seating areas in all stands.

Timetable of Events

The timetable of events is now available.

All competitors will be issued with the full printed programme which will be on sale at the Championships. It is the ESAA policy not to publish the full programme on the website - sales of programmes with the sponsors' advertising they contain are a major source of income without which the Championships could not be held.

Please see the FAQs page for further details and answers to many other Frequently Asked Questions about the Championships and the timetable.

Official Accreditation

Everyone at the event must carry either an accreditation pass, or a ticket. Anyone else will be refused admission to any area. Only officially accredited persons are allowed in restricted areas. Restricted areas include the following:
  • Competition areas - restricted to accredited athletes taking part in events, officials, and accredited photographers
  • Warm-up area - restricted to accredited athletes with an event within 30 minutes, and accredited team stewards
  • Marshalling area - restricted to accredited athletes with an event within 20 minutes
  • Athlete's stand area - restricted to accredited athletes, and accredited team stewards
Note that club coaches / family / friends etc. are not allowed in the restricted areas. Athletes are not allowed in the public stand areas unless they hold a valid ticket. Parents / friends wishing to meet athletes may do so in the open ground areas.

Accreditation is limited to ESAA staff and pupil assistants, County team managers and their stewards, competing athletes, reporters from recognised press organisations, and officially appointed photographers. All others are required to buy a ticket - this includes club coaches, personal trainers etc.

Car Parking

Car parking will be available on Perry Park, adjacent to the Stadium, at a cost of 5 per vehicle.

If you require disabled parking access, please contact the Stadium directly via their website.

Competition Rules

Please read the Competition Rules for information about weights, distances, heat and lane draws and all other things to do with the way events are run. You can find the rules from the link on the home page. There are two sets of rules: General Rules for all competitions, and Rules for Track & Field Competitions, you need to read both sets.

Permissible Clothing

The ESAA Competition Rule 7 [i.e. that applies to ALL ESAA competitions] on page 62 of the ESAA Handbook states:
  1. In all Championships competitors must wear at least vest and shorts (or equivalent clothing) in registered County Colours which are clean and so designed and worn, as not to be objectionable even if wet. All visible clothing must conform with registered County colours.

To deal with some specific queries therefore:
  • Cropped bra tops are not vests by definition and therefore not permitted. Vests by definition must reach the waist at least.
  • Shorts or briefs (in county colours) are the norm for girls. Similarly cycle type lycra shorts, as long as they are shorts and not leggings, are permitted, but only if they are in the registered County colours (not just an approximation of the colours).
  • Leggings by definition covering the leg below the knee, and body suits, are not vests or shorts and are therefore not permitted.
The main problems in the past have been the wearing of cycle type shorts that are not in County colours, and worn under the correct coloured shorts but clearly visible. This especially applies to the boys where the cycle type shorts are longer that the County shorts. However, if the shorts are the lycra type and do not cover the knees then these are allowed, as long as they are in the registered County colours (ie. the same colour as the County colours, not an approximation to them). The pictures here indicate the sort of clothing that will result in athletes not being allowed to compete.

With the meeting being televised this year, County team managers have been warned that ESAA will 'pull' athletes from an event if incorrectly attired.

Results

Results from the Championships will appear on the website during the course of the competition. Links to them will appear in the menu on the left. This year we aim to update result pages automatically as soon a each result is available but since this can only be done use mobile internet connections this cannot be guaranteed - with over 11,000 people on site using mobile phones there can be significant delays in transmitting data.

Results for County Team Managers will be available for collection in the new back straight stand. Results will not be available for public sale - we are relying on electronic distribution this year, they'll be displayed on the big-screen TV, and on the internet.

There will be many styles of results pages available during the course of the event:

  • Instant results for each round of each event, together with qualifiers for the next round
  • Complete results for each age group for web page display - updated every few hours or so when possible
  • Simple text listings of results for press to use in their reports
After the event, probably late on the Monday, the following will be published here:
  • PDF files of complete results, ready for printing on A4
  • PDF file of complete results ready for printing in an A5 booklet
  • PDF files for each field event, showing the field cards giving details of every attempt together with windspeeds

Mobile phone users: We aim to publish results online immediately as they become available. We have set up a quick link to results at results.esaa.net which bypasses the home page, so mobile users can get quicker access. The current link simply demonstrates example results from last year to show what you will see this year.

PLEASE DO NOT TRY TO CONTACT US during the competition days. This is for a number of reasons:

  1. We won't have time to read or respond to mails during the days and evenings of the competition - we will be 150% occupied in running the event results systems and ensuring that the live TV is maintained with up to the second information.
  2. We will be running from relatively slow mobile phone internet connections - any messages sent to us will simply clog up our ability to update results.
  3. The sort of queries we get are usually in the form
    • when will the results be published?
    • did our bart/lisa/kyle/wendy get into the final?
    • Which semi-final is our bart/lisa/kyle/wendy in?
Any and all queries like that will be deleted without replying.

Facilities

The circular track is an eight lane 400 metres track. All track events will be held on the main arena. Some hurdles heats will be held on the back straight on Friday morning, running in the same direction as those on the front straight (ie. from 200m start to 300m start) - they will be denoted BS in the timetable.

The Pole Vault will be located in the main arena on the back straight, along with Javelin, Shot, and Long/Triple Jump and High Jump competition sites. Hammer and most Discus events will be located in the fields outside the main Stadium. Vaulting poles will not be provided. Starting blocks will be provided for those events where they are permitted and only these starting blocks will be allowed. Starting blocks may be used by Senior Boys and Senior Girls in all rounds, and in Finals only by Juniors and Intermediates.

The maximum length of spike for all track events is 6 mm, and 9mm for the field events.

Throwing equipment will be provided for all events. Competitors may use their own implements, subject to the implement being approved by the Field Referee. (ESAA Track and Field Competition Rule 29). Please note that any individual athlete may submit no more than two implements for approval. All personal equipment should be adequately insured. The ESAA insure all equipment during the actual competition but this is not a 'blanket cover' for the whole championships.

False Starts

The ESAA uses the 'old' method of determining false starts. In this context, old might depend on your age!

For schools' events, the rule is that any if any athlete makes a false start, they will be warned that if they make another false start they will be disqualified. The fact that one athlete makes a false start does not affect the status of any other athlete. We do not operate under the new rule where one false start renders all athletes liable to disqualification if there is another false start.

Entry List of Athletes

Every effort is made to be accurate when typing athletes' names but inevitably some mistakes occur from time to time as names are passed on via many different people before they reach us.

This year we once again used our scheme which enables athletes to register their own details online to ensure that their names are spelled correctly.

Team lists are now available here. You are asked to check the spelling of your name - if it is wrong here, it will be wrong everywhere else: in the programme, on teeshirts, on your accreditation pass, on TV, in the results. You will have just until 9pm on 19th June to notify us of any errors, after that time the relevant information will be passed on to the programme printers, teeshirt printers, and accreditation pass printers and it will then be too late to change anything. Any errors notified to us after that time, up to 3rd July, will be incorporated into the results.

If you find any error, please use the 'contact us' button on the main menu and give the correct spelling together with your County, age group, and event - but please only do this once. Corrections will be noted and our event files will be modified accordingly, but because of the high volume of other mail we get in the run up to the Championships we don't have time to acknowledge each mail individually. The team lists shown online here won't be updated with spelling changes - this is because the data used to produce these files will already have been spread across a number of other administration and results programs and we only have time to edit the files we actually need to go forwards.

Please DO NOT CONTACT US REPEATEDLY about spelling changes - we don't have time to reply. We get many hundreds of emails at this time of year so please don't overload us with repeated queries. Our results administration files will be updated, but the lists shown here won't be.

Click your County to view your team.
Avon,    Bedfordshire,    Berkshire,    Buckinghamshire,    Cambridgeshire,    Cheshire,    Channel Islands,    Cleveland,    Cornwall,    Cumbria,    Derbyshire,    Devon,    Dorset,    Durham,    Essex,    Gloucestershire,    Gtr Manchester,    Hampshire,    Hereford & Worcestershire,    Hertfordshire,    Humberside,    Kent,    Lancashire,    Leicestershire,    Lincolnshire,    London,    Merseyside,    Middlesex,    Northamptonshire,    Northumberland,    Norfolk,    Nottinghamshire,    North Yorkshire,    Oxfordshire,    Shropshire,    Somerset,    Staffordshire,    Suffolk,    South Yorkshire,    Surrey,    Sussex,    Warwickshire,    West Midlands,    West Yorkshire,    Wiltshire,   

...so 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:

  • Aidan, Aiden, Aedan
  • 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.

We also have frequent problems with long multi-barrelled surnames, and we are seeing increasingly more double-barrelled forenames too. We already hire in a widescreen TV display for the scoreboard, but we simply can't afford one wide enough to display some names, so we need to abbreviate them as best as we can so that they fit in the space availble onscreen, in the printed programme, and in the results.

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

Not Selected for your County team?

Over 1700 athletes are entered in the National Championships each year, but at least 2 or 3 times that number will probably be disappointed not to have been selected. PLEASE don't contact us to complain that you, your Bart, Lisa, Kyle, or Wendy, didn't make your County team. Team selection is entirely in the hands of each County Team Manager and the ESAA has no say in how or why teams are selected as they are. Sorry...but we simply cannot respond to hundreds of e-mails - please read the FAQs page which answers all the frequently asked questions.

In particular, please note that teams are strictly limited in the number of athletes they can select, and that ESAA entry standards are for guidance to team selectors - they are not trigger points for automatic selection. A full explanation of selection procedures and limitations is given in the FAQs page.

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.

Accommodation

Athlete accommodation is normally in hotels or University Halls of Residence, supervised by their team managers - the exact location will be contained in the the letter which will be sent to each team member by the County Team Manager.

These facilities are not open to the general public / friends / family. Athletes must remain with their team at all times - failure to comply with this rule will lead to disqualification from this event, and possibly future events too.

Official Merchandise


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ESAA event tee-shirts, sweatshirts, and other items will be available at the event from our official supplier Sportserve.

After the event you can contact them via their website. You can find links to our suppliers on the home page.

Photographs

Photographs of ESAA events are published in the athletics press, local media, on this website, and this year on live TV. 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.

A selection of photos will also be published on this website if we have sufficient time - it will be possible to buy copies of the original image files at a nominal cost. We cannot guarantee this though, we have a limited number of staff available and their other duties will always take priority.

Access to competition areas for the purpose of taking photographs is restricted to ESAA accredited photographers only. This rule will be strictly enforced.

It is not possible to prevent photographs of any particular individual from appearing in the media, nor on TV since the event is to be televised live. 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 use the contact the ESAA option on the home page to let us know, and we will do our best to resolve any problem.