The 86th ESAA Track & Field Championships will be held at Gateshead International Stadium on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th 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.
Event LocationsLocations for each field event will be shown here after the closing date for entries, and after the timetable has been determined.
See the site map of the stadium (PDF file) for the locations of all the facilities.
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.
The locations shown here are liable to change once the timetable has been determined.
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 100m point and run towards the 200m point - ie. the opposite direction to those run 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.
Important Rule ChangeThe rule for false starts for Seniors only will now conform to the current UKA rule where athletes will be immediately disqualified if they break early. Juniors and Inters will remain with the 'old' rule (see below).
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.
TicketsTickets will be for unallocated seating, on a first come first served basis.
View the information sheet (PDF file) giving details of tickets and how to buys them.
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.
Car ParkingPublic parking will be clearly signposted from all directions, there will be charge per car, details will be published here in due course.
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 - 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 StartsFor Juniors and Intermediates 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 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.
New for 2016: The UKA rule where a false start results in immediate disqualification will now apply to Seniors only.
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 can be 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 so hopefully most names should be correct.
We publish preliminary team lists in the run-up to the final deadline to enable athletes to check the spelling of their name - we know how extremely disappointed you will be to find your name incorrectly showing in the programme and results. There will be just a few hours from 21st June to when everything has to go to the printers so there is not enough time to check all spellings after the 22nd.
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 22nd 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 7th 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.
These lists also include reserves, they do not list just the selected athletes.
Your name appearing here does not mean that you have been selected,
Please DO NOT contact the ESAA about these lists - we do not control what Counties do.
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. 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.