The 84th ESAA Track & Field Championships will be held at Birmingham Alexander Stadium on Friday 11th and Saturday 12th July.
How to get thereYou can find all things to do with the stadium from the Alexander Stadium website.
Travel directions are simple: take Junction 7 off the M6, then follow the A34 towards Birmingham for a couple of miles.
Satnav users can enter postcode B42 2LR as the destination.
The stadium has undergone significant development in recent years -
there is now a new 5000 seat stand overlooking the back straight, and there is a new purpose-built Hammer/Discus and Javelin
facility just adjacent to the stadium (at the bottom left of this photo).
Because of the size of the Championships, it is impossible to hold all field events within the arena. The Hammer and some Discus and Javelin throws will be held in the field adjacent to the Stadium. See the FAQs page for further details.
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 are 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 new stand overlooking the back straight. Spectators will have access to all other seating areas in all stands.
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.
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.
Tickets cost £10 per adult each day, or £5 per day for concessions (under 16, over 60, students in full time education).
Pre-orders for tickets are being managed by Midland Athletics. You can order and pay for tickets via their website: www.midlandathletics.org.uk - pre-orders will be available for collection at the Stadium, they won't be posted. Under the new Consumer Rights Directive which came into force on June 13th, we must make it clear that when you pay for tickets online, you are entering into a contract with Midland Athletics, not the ESAA.
Pre-ordered programmes will cost £3 each. The cost of programmes on the day will be £5.
All queries relating to tickets needs to be directed to Midland Athletics via the contact information on their website. The ESAA can't answer any queries about tickets so please don't phone ESAA officials - they won't be able to help, other than to advise you to phone the number shown on the Midland Athletics website.
Tickets and programs will also be available to buy on the day - but cash only - we don't have credit/debit card facilities available on site.
If you require disabled parking access, please contact the Stadium directly via their website.
To deal with some specific queries therefore:
Results for County Team Managers will be available for collection in the new back straight stand, 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 under the back straight stand - we have found that athletes simply take photos of each result on their mobile phones.
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:
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.
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.
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. Teams have now been selected and the registration scheme is closed - there is no need to update your details again this year.
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 25th 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.
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!
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.
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.