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Preliminary information

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The 90th ESAA Track & Field Championships will be held at the Manchester Regional Arena, on Friday 10th and Saturday 11th July 2020.

How to get there

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

Further details of transport and parking will be shown here in due course.

Event Locations

Because of the size of the Championships, it is impossible to hold all field events within the arena. Some will be held outside of 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 towards the 100m point - ie. the same direction as those run on the front straight.

The indoor track adjoining the track will be used for the call up area and athletes' warm-up.

Seating and access to stands

Details of seating arrangements will be published here in due course.

Important Rule Change from 2020

The height of Steeplechase barriers for the Under 17 boys' group has changed this year, and is now 0.838m +/- 0.003m high. Although this new rule has been introduced by World Athletics reducing the height of the barriers for the Under 18 (and Under 17) age group, UKA has decided not to introduce this new rule until April 1st 2021. The only events which will use the new height this year will be events that are qualification events for the European Under 18 Championships in July. Because our track & field championships are too late to act as a qualification event (the European Championships are between July 16th and 19th ) we will not be included in that list.

Timetable of Events

The timetable cannot be worked out until after the final closing date for entries which is 23rd June - it is impossible to determine this before we know how many entries there are in each event. We hope to be able to publish the timetable here by Friday 26th June.

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
  • Call up area - restricted to accredited athletes with an event within 20 minutes
  • Athletes 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.


Concession tickets are available for students in full time education (any age), people aged 60+ years, children under 16 years of age and anyone registered disabled (and their carer).

There are no special discounts or free tickets for club coaches, parents, press representatives, or anyone else.

Further details of how to order tickets will be published here in due course.

Car Parking

Details will be published here in due course.

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.

Official Merchandise

Details of available merchandise will be published here in due course.

Permissible Clothing

The ESAA Competition Rule 7 [i.e. that applies to ALL ESAA competitions] in 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.


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, and you'll also be able to quickly access them on your phone by typing one of the following easy to remember shortcut addresses:

These addresses point to the 2019 results at the moment, they will be changed on the 10th July to point to this year's results.

Results don't just show the results, they also show the qualifiers for subsequent rounds, with their lane draws, so you'll always have the list of competitors in 2nd round heats and subsequent finals at your finger tips.

Results pages will appear 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 in the last few years 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 facility. 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, 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 (it takes a very long time to get home), 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


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 - they will be denoted BS in the timetable.

Field event locations will be determined after the timetable has been arranged.

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. 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

For 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.

The current UKA rule where a false start results in immediate disqualification will apply to Seniors only.

Heat Allocations and Qualifications for Subsequent Rounds

Heat allocation and second round progression follows EA event seeding guidelines.

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 can be passed on via many different people before they reach us.

This year we once again will use 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.

The entries for each County will be published here from 24th June. You will be 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 12 noon on Friday 26th 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.

Not Selected for your County team?

Over 2000 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. Most Counties will ask you to read and understand this document as part of their selection process.


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.


Photographs 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.

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.

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.