Sefton Park, Liverpool - Saturday 14th March 2020

The 60th Boys and 52nd Girls New Balance English Schools' Cross Country Championship is to take place at Sefton Park on Saturday 14th March 2020.

The park is situated in the South of Liverpool and is not far from the end of the M62.

This magnificent 235 acre park is a Grade 1 historic park in the Sefton Park district of Liverpool. It is a Green Flag and Green Heritage awarded site with beautiful features and monuments.

We are extremely grateful to Liverpool City Council for allowing us to use this wonderful setting. You can view the park's website here.

Google Earth: simply search for Sefton Park.

Click the map to find directions from your home to the park,
there are various access points around the park but please follow the directions which will be show here shortly.

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 ( Please provide your car registration number and email address and a pass with be emailed.

Ground conditions

As with any Cross Country, the courses may be subject to change due to wet weather and/or snow. We will update the current state here during the week before the Championships.

Wet weather parking

If the weather is too wet, the parking arrangements may be modified. Updates will be displayed here during the week before the Championships.

Muddy kit

It is quite likely 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.


The course is just a few miles from the end of the M62. Parking arrangements are designed to separate County coaches from public parking.

Coaches will drop off athletes close to the start and will then be sent further away to park. Public parking will be on the park's perimeter road to the west side of the course. This is a public road so please ensure you show the local residents courtesy when parking .

It is important that you follow the parking directions given here (PDF) and not to follow SatNav instructions which may well take you against the traffic flow and towards roads which may be blocked.


As part of their commitment to English Schools Championships, New Balance and their partners, Pro:Direct, will be making some items of clothing available to pre-order. See their advert here on the right - orders for personalisation need to be received by 6th March to be in time to arrive before the event.

You can check them out at


9.00 amChampionship site open
9.30 amCourse open for inspection
10.00 amDeclarations open
11.00 amOfficials meeting
12.00 amDeclarations Close and Championship Course should be cleared
12.30 pmIntermediate Girls Championship
Followed by the Individual Presentation
1.00 pmJunior Boys Championship
Followed by the Individual Presentation
1.30 pmJunior Girls Championship
Followed by the Individual Presentation
2.00 pmIntermediate Boys Championship
Followed by the Individual Presentation
2.35 pmSenior Girls Championship
Followed by the Individual Presentation
3.05 pmSenior Boys Championship
Followed by the Individual Presentation


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.

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.

Course Map

The course is shown below. This is a public park which is very popular with the locals so please be considerate to other park users. It is open to the public all year round so it will be possible to survey the course at any time prior to the Championships.

County Team Lists

Counties can enter up to 12 athletes in each age group, but only 8 are allowed to run in the event. Names are published here but these are not necessarily in selection preference order and your name appearing in these lists DOES NOT MEAN YOU WILL GET TO RUN IN THE CHAMPIONSHIPS.

Whilst every effort is made to ensure that names are spelled correctly, mistakes do sometimes occur. Competitors are asked to check the lists so that their name appears correctly in the programme and in the results. Everything to do with the event is prepared automatically from these lists so if your name is wrong here, it will be wrong everywhere!

Please ask your friends/colleagues/pupils to check the spellings of their names. Changes notified to us by 6pm on Friday 28th February will appear in the programme and in the results. Any errors notified after that time will appear correctly in the results, but will be too late to be included in the programme.

The team lists shown here won't be regularly updated with spelling changes - we need to split out the entry lists to go to the various printers and processors and it is too time-consuming to re-edit all the files here as well as those we use to go to print. This is an extremely busy time for us, however, spelling changes will be made in the files we use for printed material and results production.

If you find any spelling errors, please notify us immediately giving your County, Age Group, and the correct spelling. Please don't keep re-sending emails requesting spelling changes, one email is enough. Because of the high volume of mail we receive at this time of year we don't have time to reply to them.

Avon    Bedfordshire    Berkshire    Buckinghamshire    Cambridgeshire    Channel Islands    Cheshire    Cleveland    Cornwall    Cumbria    Derbyshire    Devon    Dorset    Durham    Essex    Gloucestershire    Greater Manchester    Hampshire and Vectis    Hereford & Worcestershire    Hertfordshire    Humberside    Isle of Man    Kent    Lancashire    Leicestershire & Rutland    Lincolnshire    London    Merseyside    Middlesex    Norfolk    Northamptonshire    Northumberland    North Yorkshire    Nottinghamshire    Oxfordshire    Shropshire    Somerset    South Yorkshire    Staffordshire    Suffolk    Surrey    Sussex    Warwickshire    West Midlands    West Yorkshire    Wiltshire   

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 General Data Protection Regulations 2018. Click the guide to the GDPR button in the menu on the left to find a brief summary of the new regulations as they apply to sporting events.

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.