National Cross Country Championships 2003

The 43nd Boys and 35th Girls ESAA National Cross Country Championship is to take place at
Stanmer Park, Brighton and Hove, Sussex
on Saturday 8th March 2003
sponsored by

London Marathon

supported by
Brighton & Hove City Council

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Spectator vehicles will be directed to car parks shown P. Official's car park is shown O. There is no parking allowed anywhere else on the campus.

Cars are not permitted into Stanmer Park.

Competitor changing facilities will be provided in the 'tented village' area designated for Marquees, Catering, and Toilets. There will be no access to any University building, except to the sports centre for the presentations at 4.40pm.

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View the list of competitors

Pre-Race Timetable

9.00amChampionship site open
9.30amChampionship course open for inspection
10.00amDeclarations open
11.00amOfficials Meeting
12.30amDeclarations close and course must be cleared

Timetable of Events

The ESAA are this year also hosting the Senior 4K World Championships trials.
12.35pmSenior Men 4K World Championship Trial2 medium laps4000m
1.00pmIntermediate Girls Championship1 small, 1 large lap3500m
1.25pmIntermediate Boys Championship1 small, 1 medium, 1 large lap5500m
1.55pmJunior Girls Championship1 small, 1 medium lap3000m
2.20pmSenior Women 4K World Championship Trial2 medium laps4000m
2.45pmJunior Boys Championship2 medium laps4000m
3.10pmSenior Girls Championship2 medium laps4000m
3.40pmSenior Boys Championship1 medium, 2 large laps6900m
4.40pmTrophy Presentations2 medium laps4000m

A Very Brief History of Stanmer


Stanmer means "Stony Pond". The stones found around Stanmer church pond and elsewhere are Sarsen stones, naturally occurring geological features particularly common on this area of the downs (adjacent Standean is the "Stony Valley"). A settlement was first recorded at Stanmer in a Saxon charter of 765AD and though there is archaeological evidence of human occupation going back much earlier it is not known whether the "estate" of Stanmer existed before this. Stanmer is also recorded in the Doomsday records of 1086.

16th Century

Prior to the dissolution of the Monasteries the Cannons of Malling owned the Stanmer estate. It then passed into the ownership of the crown but was leased out almost immediately to Thomas Palmer in 1545 who sub-let it to John Michelborne

17th Century

The Michelborne family continued to lease the estate until 1615 when they bought it. They then proceeded to consolidate their landholding by buying out the villagers who held land directly from the crown as freeholders and copyholders. The cedars behind the current house were planted during this phase but no other woodland was recorded in a deed of 1700 only "furze and heath". Indeed Samuel Johnson (1709-84) detested Brighthelmstone Downs [Brighton], "because it was a country so truly desolate (he said), that if one had a mind to hang one's self for desperation at being obliged to live there, it would be difficult to find a tree on which to fasten the rope."

18th Century

The last remaining Michelborne died in 1700 without an heir, and the estate eventually passed into the hands of the Pelhams, who were to become the Earls of Chichester. The Pelhams were responsible for laying out the current park and building the house (in 1722 by Nicolas Dubois). The woods were planted in the mid 18th century by the then owner Thomas Pelham and marked the culmination of the enparkment of the estate (Warne1989).

By the time the earliest known detailed map was drawn in 1789 (see right) the estate looked much as it does today.

19th Century

The orangery behind the house was built in the 19th century and is a forerunner of the modern greenhouse. Also the church was rebuilt in 1838.

20th Century

During the second world war Canadian troops and their tanks were based at Stanmer, the hard standings for which are still visible along the main drive. In 1947 the estate was purchased by Brighton Corporation and changed from a private keepered estate to an open public park.