Key Details

Dates for 2013

First Rounds : between Monday 7th and Friday 11th October
Regional Finals : Saturday 9th November
Cup Final : Saturday 30th November

Event Brochure

This year we are not posting brochures to schools, instead we're posting a one-page flyer which contains key details, including the security code you need in order to access the online entry form. You need to download the brochure here.

Cup Final Location

Southend High School for Girls

Age groups

Juniors (under 14)
Intermediates (under 16)


Entries must be made online only.

Entries Close

Original deadline: Midnight, 15th June 2013.

However, because this year we're relying more on emails, and because many schools are blocking email from us because they are using silly methods to guess at what are spam messages, we had to allow a little extra time. However, the summer term is over, and entries are now definitely closed.

The ESAA Cross Country Cup is a competition between school teams

A brochure is produced each year giving full details of the Cup Competition - download a copy from the menu on the left.

Each school can enter one team in each of the following age groups:

  • Junior Boys (at least 12, but under 14 years)
  • Junior Girls (at least 12, but under 14 years)
  • Intermediate Boys (at least 14, but under 16 years)
  • Intermediate Girls (at least 14, but under 16 years)
Ages are as at 31st August at the end of the school year in which the competition is held.
Normally Juniors are years 7 & 8, and Intermediates are years 9 & 10. Don't forget that the years advance by one during the summer holidays.

The competition is held in 3 rounds

  • Preliminary rounds are held between teams within each County - there may be a number of competitions held within each County depending on the number of teams entered.
  • At least 2 teams in each first round competition progress to one of 8 Regional Finals.
  • At least 2 teams from each Regional Final then progress to the Cup Final.

Each team can nominate 6 athletes to run, of which the first 4 finishing count towards team scores.


Entering teams, and all event administration, is done online. You need a security code which will be given on the flyer which is posted to all secondary schools during April. If you don't receive your flyer by the end of April, please use the contact the ESAA facility on the home page to request your code - you need to give us sufficient evidence that you are a teacher in a school in England, using your school email address is one good way for us to verify that. Click the online entry form button for further details.