XC Championship

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On 25th May 2018, new rules concerning Data Protection come into force. These rules are known as GDPR which replace the former Data Protection Act.

Although the rules will only be enforced in May, everyone handling data should already comply with the new requirements. The new rules introduce a lot of extra things especially relating to children.

The ESAA already conforms entirely with the new rules, but you might like to read a guide about them which has been specifically written to explain everything in a way that children can understand - the new rules say that children MUST be kept informed in a manner that they can understand.

You can find a comprehensive guide, written by Joe Lee, the ESAA website host, on his own website at:

guide to the GDPR.

This guide isn't just about the ESAA, it is aimed at all people who collect data about children relating to them going out to play sports of any kind.

It will be of interest to children, parents, schools organising events, sports clubs organising events, and teachers of IT who might like to use it as a starting point for their lessons about Data Protection and Personal Privacy.

Please also read the ESAA's updated

privacy policy

to check out things specific to the ESAA's use of your data under the new rules.

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17th March 2018


Temple Newsam Park, Leeds

Age groups

Juniors (under 15)
Intermediates (under 17)
Seniors (under 19)

Entries Close

12 noon, 1st March 2018

  • Entries are made by County Team Managers after the County Team is selected following the County Championships.

  • There are no individual entries - this is a competition between County Teams.

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.