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Temple Newsam Park, Leeds - Saturday 17th March 2018

The 58th Boys and 50th Girls New Balance English Schools' Cross Country Championship is to take place at Temple Newsam Park on Saturday 17th March 2018.

The park is situated South East of Leeds and is just a few minutes from Junction 46 on the M1.

Temple Newsam is one of the great historic estates in England. Set within over 1500 acres of parkland, woodland and farmland landscaped by Capability Brown in the 18th century, it is a magnificent Tudor‐Jacobean mansion.

Famous as the birthplace of Lord Darnley and home to the Ingram family for over 300 years, the mansion houses rich collections of works of art. The garden is renowned for its Rhododendron and Azalea walk and features the National Plant Collections of Delphinium, Phlox and Aster novi‐belgii. Europe's largest working Rare Breeds Farm, with over 400 animals, is set within the original estate Home Farm.

We are extremely grateful to Leeds City Council for allowing us to use this wonderful setting. You can view the park's extensive interactive website here.
Google Earth: simply search for Temple Newsam.

Click the map to find directions from your home to the park,
enter postcode LS15 0AE as the destination (that is ZERO AE, not oh AE).

Travel directions are shown on the right here.

Note that the route a Satnav will display will be closed.
You MUST follow the instructions given here.

Disabled Access

Reserved parking space will allocated as close to the finish as possible. You need to reserve your space before the event. Blue badge holders who wish to apply for a car park pass should email Paul Allison (allison.pa@nottinghamhigh.co.uk) Please provide your car registration number and email address and a pass with be emailed.

Take the M1 to juntion 46, turn westwards onto the A6120 ring road towards Leeds.
After approx 300m stay in the middle lanes and go straight on at the roundabout, towards Leeds.
At the next roundabout about 900m on, stay in the left lane towards Halton B6169, this is quite a narrow road and is generally quite busy.
Take the 2nd exit
onto Selby Road.
The final approach to Temple Newsam has two routes, this is the way a Satnav will show but the road will be closed - you need to follow the further instructions below.
After about 600m you arrive at traffic lights, with a small easy to miss signpost to Temple Newsam House on the left hand side just before the lights. DO NOT TURN LEFT HERE - the road will be closed.
Continue straight on through the lights for approximately 1600m, passing through a multitude of light-controlled pedestrian crossings and eventually arriving at a fairly congested shopping area. Continue through up to a large LIDL store on the left.

Immediately after the entrance to the LIDL car park, turn very sharp left at the traffic lights onto Temple Newsam Road.

Temple Newsam Park is about 1600m down this road. There will be signs and stewards directing you to car parks. There will be 3 parking areas designated for public parking, team coaches, and VIP/officials/BlueBadges.

Public parking

There will be a parking charge of £8 per car, which will include an event programme. Please ensure that you have the correct money available to help speed entry to the parking area.

Ground conditions

As you may be aware, Leeds has had a whole load of snow in the last few weeks which has made the the ground conditions on the course very wet and soggy. As at Monday 12th March the going is very heavy in places, and it is recommended that longer spikes be used, perhaps 12-15mm.

It is likely that it will not be possible for teams to walk the course to inspect it prior to the races. We will have to try and preserve course conditions.

We'll update this information if it changes in the next few days.

Updated 16th March The weather forecast is brrr... with strong cold winds bringing maybe only about 20mm of snow...perhaps...no more. This is normal cross country weather in England and the Championships will go ahead as planned. This is your chance to decry the common perception that kids nowadays are deemed to be 'snowflakes'! Turn up. Run. Get cold. Get muddy. Enjoy getting warm again! This is proper cross country.

Updated 17th March As at 3pm Saturday, there's no snow in Leeds City Centre.

Wet weather parking

Updated 15th March The fields allocated for public parking are way too wet to use, so the public will now use the area shown designated for coaches. Coaches will need to drop off their teams and will then be turned around and sent to a coach parking area at Elland Road Football Stadium at the South side of Leeds, many miles away.

Athletes WILL NOT HAVE access to team coaches during the afternoon.

Team managers should obtain the mobile phone number of their coach driver so that they can inform them of when the team needs to be picked up. There will inevitably be delays and traffic jams.

Muddy kit

Updated 15th March It is now inevitable that athletes will get muddy. Coach drivers really don't appreciate their shiny new coaches getting mucky, so please ensure that you bring enough plastic bags to safely wrap up your muddy kit before you try to get back on your team coach.


9.00 am - Championship site open
9.30 am - Course open for inspection
10.00 am - Declarations open
11.00 am - Officials meeting
12.00 am - Declarations Close and Championship Course should be cleared
12.30 pm - Intermediate Girls Championship
Followed by the Individual Presentation
3800 metres
1.00 pm - Junior Boys Championship
Followed by the Individual Presentation
4100 metres
1.30 pm - Junior Girls Championship
Followed by the Individual Presentation
3100 metres
2.00 pm - Intermediate Boys Championship
Followed by the Individual Presentation
5200 metres
2.35 pm - Senior Girls Championship
Followed by the Individual Presentation
4100 metres
3.05 pm - Senior Boys Championship
Followed by the Individual Presentation
6800 metres


It is envisaged that the Team Race presentations will take place during the afternoons races. There will be announcements made to keep you aware of the times of the Team Race presentations.

Championship notes for the start of each race

Competitors should assemble in the marquee behind the start area in plenty of time before their race.

Competitors will be allowed into the start area 5 minutes before the beginning of each race.

A warning will be given 3 minutes before each race. At this time, competitors should assemble behind their start pen.

With 1 minute to go competitors will be instructed to move into their start pen and line up in race order by the Start Stewards.

Competitors should listen carefully to any last moment instructions given by the Starter.

The start will be by gun.

Numbers must be securely pinned on the front of the County vest. Any mutilation or folding of these numbers may lead to disqualification.


All ESAA competitions are subject to the strict anti-doping policies of British Athletics and IAAF. Further information can be found on the ESAA anti-doping page.

Health & Safety

Athletes are advised that Health & Safety regulations recommend that you should examine the course for potential hazards before competing.

The course will be checked by the organisers and a risk assessment conducted. A final inspection will be made on the morning of the event and any issues arising will be addressed then.

The course is on mixed-use land which may be grazed by farm animals. As a matter of normal daily life, we advise that athletes and spectators check that they are up to date with anti-tetanus injections - don't forget that you need a booster jab every 10 years.

Any competitor who has concerns about a safety aspect on the course should bring it to the attention of the organisers immediately. If the issue cannot be resolved satisfactorily, the competitor will be advised not to participate in the event.

Photographs and Videos

Photographs of ESAA events might be published in the athletics press, local media, and 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 on personal or club websites) without written permission from the ESAA.

Most ESAA competitions are held on private land and are therefore deemed to be 'not public' areas. All ESAA events are SCHOOL events and are therefore covered by regulations governing what can and can't be done in schools. One important point therefore is that you are not allowed to take photographs of school activities for commercial publication without specific written permission from event organisers. This is no different to the fact that one cannot simply walk onto a school playing field and start taking and publishing photos - most parents, and the Information Commissioner, would strongly agree that school activities should not be published unless publication is under strict control.

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, and register the use to which photos will be put, and to obtain permission for that use. Permission WILL be retrospectively withdrawn if anyone is found to be in breach of the uses which they registered with us, and under such circumstances, the offender will be required to delete all images they hold from our events.

This therefore precludes operators who simply turn up, make videos, then publish them with associated advertising which is outside of our control. No one has permission to do this unless they have written consent from the ESAA.

We are aware that some people register themselves as press photographers then publish complete videos of our events online, and even make their broadcasts available for sale. This is very specifically not allowed. In effect, they are broadcasting companies making television programmes without our permission. It doesn't matter how they publish their content, whether by television over the air or via the internet, or via DVD. The fact they broadcast our event content to the world makes them broadcasters.

To be an accreditted broadcaster for the ESAA, they need to be properly established companies, properly registered and regulated by the broadcasting authorities, and they need to be properly registered with the Information Commissioner. Also, in order to sell their content they need to have been given written permission to sell what is our copyright, and pay the necessary royalties due to us. They also need to comply with the UK Distance Selling Regulations in order to take payments from the public. There is also the very important fact that under the rules of UK athletics, televised athletics events in the UK need to be authorised by the UK Governing Body. The ESAA operates under these rules.

A list of officially accredited photographers will be published on this website shortly after the event along with their contact details.

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 contact us and we will do our best to resolve any problem.