Hop Farm, Paddock Wood, Kent - Saturday 19th March 2022

The 61st Boys and 53rd Girls English Schools' Cross Country Championship is to take place at Hop Farm on Saturday 19th March 2022.

Hop Farm is a large family park and event venue, situated just south of the M20 between Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells.

View all the details on their website thehopfarm.co.uk

Google Earth: simply search for Hop Farm in Kent.

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.

Click the map to find the park, for satnav users the postcode is TN12 6QF.
Visit the Hop Farm directions page for full travel instructions.

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 M20. The park has ample parking facilities on site for team coaches and the public. See the course map below for parking locations.


Course distances shown here are target distances and are subject to last minute changes if weather and/or ground conditions are worse than expected.

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 commercial facility which is open to the paying public so please be considerate to other park users. It is open from 12th February so it will be possible to survey the course at any time prior to the Championships, subject to the park's entry fees and opening times which can be found on their website.

The course map shown here approximate and is subject to modification if weather or ground conditions change. The actual routes and laps for each race are not shown yet and will be subject to late decisions as conditions on the day dictate.

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.