XC Championship

The 2021 event had to be cancelled and was replaced with a Virtual Championships instead.

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Coronavirus update 9th March 2021

As you know, the English Schools Committee had to cancel the 2021 championships.

Kent Schools AA have offered to host the championships in 2022, for which we are very grateful. It makes complete sense with the amount of planning that they put into the 2021 event. The date is now confirmed as Saturday 19th March 2022 at Hop Farm - further details will be posted here early in January 2022.

We now announce a Virtual English Schools Cross Country Championships for this year. In brief, it will require the athlete to run a 2k or 5k course (depending on age group) at a venue that has a measured course already. Park run courses are ideal for this and this will be our suggestion as part of the rules.

English Schools would like to point out that 'Park Run' events are not permitted at the moment and we are only suggesting you might use a park run venue to record your time.

A simple google form allows the athlete to send their times in, along with a verification from a coach or teacher. New Balance will support this event with prizes and merchandise for athletes. This will also be a Virtual County Team event.

Click the buttons below to read the full event details, and access the online entry form:
Virtual XC Details

Virtual XC Entry Form

Kind Regards

Paul Allison
English Schools Cross Country Secretary

The ESAA National Cross Country Championship is the most eagerly anticipated event of the winter for young athletes. Organised entirely by volunteer teachers, we bring together the best athletes in each of the 46 Counties in England to compete for the honour of being the best in the Country.

Entry to the event is by virtue of athletes being selected by County Team Managers to represent their County. County Championships are normally held in late January or early February and a preliminary County Team is then selected. One or two weeks later, County Teams may compete between other neighbouring Counties in an Inter-County match, after which the team to represent the County at the National Championship is finally selected.

Teams comprise a maximum of 12 athletes, of which only 8 are allowed to compete. The first 6 finishers in each team count towards the team competition - finishing positions are added up, and the team with the lowest score wins. If teams are tied, the team with the highest 6th finisher takes precedence.

In addition to individual championships, there is also a team competition between Counties. The Inter-County competition is split into 4 groups, where each group contains Counties of similar sizes as defined by the number of eligible pupils. The team aggregate results reflect each group: big Counties, medium, not so big, and little Counties.