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The 87th ESAA Track & Field Championships will be held at the Alexander Stadium, Birmingham, on Friday 7th and Saturday
8th July 2017.
How to get there
You 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 event will not be televised this year.
Locations for each field event will be shown here after the closing date for entries, and after the
timetable has been determined.
Because of the size of the Championships, it is impossible to hold all field events within the arena.
Some will be held in the field adjacent to the Stadium.
See the FAQs page
for further details about why this is necessary.
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 will be shown (BS) in the timetable. Heats
run on the back straight will start at the 100m point and run towards the 200m point - ie. the opposite direction
to those run on the front straight.
Athletes will be allocated to the upper tier of the stand overlooking the back straight. Spectators will
have access to all other seating areas in all stands and terraces.
The indoor track will be used for marshalling, athletes' warm-up, and County results distribution.
Important Rule Change from 2016 onwards
The rule for false starts for Seniors only
will now conform to
the current UKA rule where athletes will be immediately disqualified if they
break early. Juniors and Inters will remain with the 'old' rule (see below).
Timetable of Events
The timetable cannot be worked out until after the final closing date for entries which is 20th June - it is impossible
to determine this before we know how many entries there are in each event. We hope to be able to publish the
timetable here by Friday 23th June.
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.
Everyone at the event must carry either an accreditation pass, or a ticket. Anyone else will be refused admission
to any area. Only officially accredited persons are allowed in restricted areas. Restricted areas include the following:
- Competition areas - restricted to accredited athletes taking part in events, officials, and accredited photographers
- Warm-up area - restricted to accredited athletes with an event within 30 minutes, and accredited team stewards
- Marshalling area - restricted to accredited athletes with an event within 20 minutes
- Athlete's stand area - restricted to accredited athletes, and accredited team stewards
Note that club coaches / family / friends etc. are not allowed in the restricted areas.
Athletes are not allowed in the public stand areas unless they hold a valid ticket.
Parents / friends wishing to meet
athletes may do so in the open ground areas.
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.
Information about tickets will be published here in due course.
Information about disabled parking and facilities will be published here in due course.
Public parking is on fields adjacent to the stadium and will be clearly signposted from all directions, there will be charge per car, details will
be published here in due course.
Please read the Competition Rules for information about weights, distances, heat and lane draws and
all other things to do with the way events are run. You can find the rules from the link on the home page.
There are two sets of rules: General Rules for all competitions, and Rules for Track & Field Competitions,
you need to read both sets.
The ESAA Competition Rule 7 [i.e. that applies to ALL ESAA competitions] in the ESAA Handbook states:
- In all Championships competitors must wear at least vest and shorts (or equivalent clothing) in registered County Colours
which are clean and so designed and worn, as not to be objectionable even if wet. All visible clothing must conform with registered
To deal with some specific queries therefore:
The main problems in the past have been the wearing of cycle type shorts that are not in County colours, and worn under the correct
coloured shorts but clearly visible. This especially applies to the boys where the cycle type shorts are longer that the
County shorts. However, if the shorts are the lycra type and do not cover the knees then these are allowed, as long as they are
in the registered County colours (ie. the same colour as the County colours, not an approximation to them).
The pictures here indicate the sort of clothing that will result in athletes not being allowed to compete.
- Cropped bra tops are not vests by definition and therefore not permitted. Vests by definition must reach the waist at least.
- Shorts or briefs (in county colours) are the norm for girls. Similarly cycle type lycra shorts, as long as they are
shorts and not leggings, are permitted, but only if they are in the registered County colours (not just an approximation of the
- Leggings by definition covering the leg below the knee, and body suits, are not vests or shorts and are therefore not permitted.
Results from the Championships will appear on the website during the course of the competition. Links
to them will appear in the menu on the left. Results pages will appear automatically
as soon a each result is available, frequently within just a few seconds of a race finishing.
Since this can only be done use mobile internet connections
this service cannot be guaranteed - with over 9,000 people on site using mobile phones there could be significant delays in
transmitting data, however the system worked extremely well last year with results being available online before
the first paper copy emerged from the printer.
Results for County Team Managers will be available for collection in the space under the 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 alongside the athletes' marshalling area.
There will be many styles of results pages available during the course of the event:
- Instant results for each round of each event, together with qualifiers for the next round
- Complete results for each age group for web page display - updated every few hours or so when possible
- Simple text listings of results for press to use in their reports
After the event, probably late on the Monday, the following will be published here:
- PDF files of complete results, ready for printing on A4
- PDF file of complete results ready for printing in an A5 booklet
- PDF files for each field event, showing the field cards giving details of every attempt together
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:
- We won't have time to read or respond to mails during the days and evenings of the competition - we
will all be 100% occupied with running the event and any messages sent to us will simply
clog up our ability to update results.
- The sort of queries we get are usually in the form
- when will the results be published?
- did our bart/lisa/kyle/wendy get into the final?
- Which semi-final is our bart/lisa/kyle/wendy in?
Any and all queries like that will be deleted without replying, sadly there simply won't be enough free time to reply.
The circular track is an eight lane 400 metres track.
All track events will be held on the main arena. Some hurdles heats
will be held on the back straight on Friday morning - they will be
in the timetable.
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 Juniors and Intermediates the ESAA uses the 'old' method of determining false starts. In this context, old
might depend on your age!
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
New for 2016 onwards: The UKA rule where a false start results in immediate disqualification will now apply to Seniors only.
Heat Allocations and Qualifications for Subsequent Rounds
The qualifying criteria for track events will be published in the official programme. Allocation to heats and lane
draws will be done according to the published rules. The rules state that athletes will be
, but without actually stating how ranking is to be done - that is up to the Referee.
In the context of the Track & Field Championships,
for the first round, athletes are ranked according to the
Personal Best Performances as declared by team managers on the entry form, with athletes who do not have a PB declared on the
entry form being ranked at the end in random order. We're sorry, but we only have a couple of days after entries close to
produce the programme and we simply don't have the time or resources
to cross-check all PBs against any other published information, also, because the programme has to go to print, we can't take
into account any PB changes after the closing date for entries.
For subsequent rounds, only the performances in the previous round
are taken into account when ranking athletes.
Heats and lane draws are allocated in accordance with IAAF rule 166.3 as recently updated.
Entry List of Athletes
Every effort is made to be accurate when typing athletes' names but inevitably some mistakes
occur from time to time as names can be passed on via many different people before they reach us.
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 so hopefully most names should be correct.
We publish preliminary team lists in the run-up to the final deadline to enable athletes to check the spelling of their
name - we know how extremely disappointed you will be to find your name incorrectly showing in the programme and results. There
will be just a few hours from 20th June to when everything has to go to the printers so there is not enough time
to check all spellings after the 21st.
Further details will be published here in due course.
Team Travel Arrangements
The Championships are a team event, not an event for individuals. Athletes must travel with
and remain with their team for the entire duration of the Championships. It is not permitted
for them to travel with parents or others, nor to leave the team accommodation facilities.
Athletes are under the care and control of teachers throughout the Championships. Further details
relating to competing in ESAA events can be found
Notes for Parents
document. Most Counties will ask you to read and understand this document
as part of their selection process.
Athlete accommodation is normally in hotels or University Halls of Residence, supervised by
their team managers - the exact location will be contained in the the letter which will be sent
to each team member by the County Team Manager.
These facilities are not open to the general public /
friends / family. Athletes must remain with their team at all times - failure to comply with this rule
will lead to disqualification from this event, and possibly future events too.
Photographs of ESAA events are published in the athletics press, local media, 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 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.