The 85th ESAA Track & Field Championships will be held at Gateshead International Stadium on Friday 10th and Saturday 11th July 2015.
How to get thereYou can find all things to do with the stadium from the Gateshead Stadium website.
You can find all things to do with Gateshead from the Gateshead Council website.
TV coverageThe event will not be televised this year.
However, events will be streamed on the internet by Vinco Sports Ltd. See www.runjumpthrow.com for details of their services.
Security note: children and parents need to be aware that this is worldwide video streaming service which allows users to tag images of children (ie. publically put names to faces). Since the ESAA T&F Championships is a school based event we ask that you DO NOT tag any individual unless you have previously obtained the permission of their parents to do so. Such tagging renders children open to being further identified anywhere where their image might appear online, forever.
Event LocationsLocations for each field event will be shown here after the closing date for entries, and after the timetable has been determined.
Because of the size of the Championships, it is impossible to hold all field events within the arena. Some will be held in the field adjacent to the Stadium. See the FAQs page for further details about why this is necessary.
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 will be 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.
Athletes will be allocated to the upper tier of the stand overlooking the back straight. Spectators will have access to all other seating areas in all stands and terraces.
The indoor track will be used for marshalling, athletes' warm-up, and County results distribution.
Timetable of EventsThe 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 AccreditationEveryone 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:
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.
Disabled FacilitiesThere is a limited amount of space allocated adjacent to the South Terrace which is set aside for wheelchair users. Carers go FREE. For people with a disability or mobility problems, please contact Gateshead Council on 0191 433 5704.
Special Circumstances for 2015Gateshead Stadium is being made available to the ESAA by virtue of the generosity of Gateshead Council. Unusually, this year the Stadium is also hosting a very important football match on the Friday evening between the local side Gateshead FC and the first team from Newcastle United. This is a major fixture for Gateshead FC and will provide them with very much needed revenue.
You can find more details at www.gateshead-fc.com - the match kicks off at 8pm and will be an all-ticket event.
We thus need to ensure that we leave the stadium in a very clean and tidy state so we ask that everyone take special care not to leave litter lying around in the stands and terraces. Our Friday events probably won't finish until around 6pm and there simply won't be time to clean up afterwards before the football fans start arriving. Further details will be published here shortly.
Car ParkingPublic parking will cost £3 and will be clearly signposted from all directions.
It is only a 5 to 10 minutes walk to the Stadium.
Competition RulesPlease 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 ClothingThe ESAA Competition Rule 7 [i.e. that applies to ALL ESAA competitions] in the ESAA Handbook states:
ResultsResults 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, frequently within just a few seconds of a race finishing. Since this can only be done use mobile internet connections this service cannot be guaranteed - with over 9,000 people on site using mobile phones there could be significant delays in transmitting data, however the system worked extremely well last year with results being available online before the first paper copy emerged from the printer.
Results for County Team Managers will be available for collection in the indoor track area, this year we'll be printing just one copy per team. Results will not be available for public sale - we are relying on electronic distribution this year, they'll also be displayed on a big-screen TV, on the internet, and a copy will be displayed alongside the athletes' marshalling area.
There will be many styles of results pages available during the course of the event:
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 points to results from last year but will be updated to point to this year's results at the start of the Championships.
PLEASE DO NOT TRY TO CONTACT US during the competition days. This is for a number of reasons:
FacilitiesThe 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. Some Discus events may take place in the centre of the arena depending on the number of entries received in each age group. 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 StartsThe 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 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.
Heat Allocations and Qualifications for Subsequent RoundsThe qualifying criteria for track events will be published in the official programme. Allocation to heats and lane draws will be done according to the published rules. The rules state that athletes will be ranked, but without actually stating how ranking is to be done - that is up to the Referee. In the context of the Track & Field Championships, for the first round, athletes are ranked according to the Personal Best Performances as declared by team managers on the entry form, with athletes who do not have a PB declared on the entry form being ranked at the end in random order. We're sorry, but we only have a couple of days after entries close to produce the programme and we simply don't have the time or resources to cross-check all PBs against any other published information, also, because the programme has to go to print, we can't take into account any PB changes after the closing date for entries.
For subsequent rounds, only the performances in the previous round are taken into account when ranking athletes.
Heats and lane draws are allocated in accordance with IAAF rule 166.3 as recently updated.
Entry List of AthletesEvery 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 - athletes, please click the Athlete Registration button to ensure that we have your name correct.
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, in the results, in the press. You will have just until 9pm on Wednesday 24th 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 9th 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 regularly updated with spelling changes after 25th June - this is because the data used to produce these files will already have been split across many other administration and results programs, across many different organisations, and consequently we only have time to edit the files we actually need in order to go forwards.
Please DO NOT CONTACT US REPEATEDLY about spelling changes - we don't have time to reply, and we frequently get 3, 4 or more emails relating to the same spelling error. One is quite sufficient. 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.
Teams shown in silver have not yet been submitted.
...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. We regularly see between 2% and 3% of names being incorrectly spelled.
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:
...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 available 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 ArrangementsThe 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. Most Counties will ask you to read and understand this document as part of their selection process.
PhotographsPhotographs of ESAA events are published in the athletics press, local media, 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.
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. 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.