The 88th ESAA Track & Field Championships will be held at the Alexander Stadium, Birmingham, on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th July 2018.
How to get thereYou 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.
Event LocationsThe locations shown here are liable to change depending on the number of entries received for each event. 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 200m point and run towards the 100m point - ie. the same direction as those run on the front straight.
The indoor track in the High Performance Centre will be used for the call up area and athletes' warm-up.
Seating and access to standsAthletes will be allocated to the upper tier of the stand overlooking the back straight. County results distribution will be in the foyer underneath this stand.
The bottom tier of the back straight stand will be a mixed zone where members of the public will be able to view back straight events. Spectators will have access to all other seating areas in all stands and terraces.
As a result of the recent terror attacks, the Local Authority will be implementing bag checks and spectators must comply with this request to gain entrance to the stadium.
Timetable of EventsThe timetable is now available as a PDF file.
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.
Official AccreditationEveryone 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:
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.
TicketsConcession tickets are available for students in full time education (any age), people aged 60+ years, children under 16 years of age and anyone registered disabled (and their carer).
There are no special discounts or free tickets for club coaches, parents, press representatives, or anyone else.
Tickets can be ordered online via the Midland Counties AA ticket providerif you have any queries about tickets please contact them directly.
Pre-booked programmes: £4.00
Tickets can also be bought at the stadium on the day. Programmes on the day are £5.00.
Pre-booked tickets won't be posted, you can collect them on arrival simply by quoting the order number which will be shown on your receipt, that identifies an envelope containing your tickets. If you give a mobile number, the order number will be sent to your mobile phone the evening before your arrival. You can also collect your tickets on the Thursday evening between 5pm and 7pm.
Car ParkingPublic parking is in the Perry Park field adjacent to the stadium, accessed from Church Road and will be clearly signposted from all directions.
There will be a £5 charge per car, cash only. This charge also applies to people with concession tickets.
Disabled FacilitiesDisabled parking is at the top of the field, at the closest point to the stadium. The stadium has dedicated wheelchair areas in the Nelson and Back straight stands plus the usual disabled facilities. Further information about facilities can be found on the Alexander Stadium website and at www.disabledgo.com, although some of the information given there will not be valid for the Championships, in particular the car park in front of the entrance will not be available.
If you have any queries or special requirements please contact the stadium directly, details are on their website.
Competition RulesPlease 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.
Water ProvisionNew this year: in order to reduce our use of plastics and general waste at the stadium, bottled water will not be provided to athletes. Instead they need to bring their own bottles and refill them at their hotel, and then from the water points provided around the stadium. County Team Managers have been informed of this change.
To deal with some specific queries therefore:
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 in the foyer underneath the back straight stand. Many athletes like to take photos of them.
There will be many styles of results pages available during the course of the event:
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.
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. 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 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 athlete.
The current UKA rule where a false start results in immediate disqualification will apply to Seniors only.
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.
The entries for each County are published here. You are asked to check the spelling of your name - if it is wrong here, it will be wrong everywhere else: in the programme, on teeshirts, on your accreditation pass, in the results, in the press. You will have just until 12 noon on Friday 28nd June to notify us of any errors, after that time the relevant information will be passed on to the programme printers, teeshirt printers, and accreditation pass printers and it will then be too late to change anything. Any errors notified to us after that time, up to 12th July, will be incorporated into the results.
If you find any error, please use the contact us button on the main menu and give the correct spelling together with your County, age group, and event - but please only do this once. Corrections will be noted and our event files will be modified accordingly, but because of the high volume of other mail we get in the run up to the Championships we don't have time to acknowledge each mail individually. The team lists shown online here won't be regularly updated with spelling changes - this is because the data used to produce these files will already have been split across many other administration and results programs, across many different organisations, and consequently we only have time to edit the files we actually need in order to go forwards.
Please DO NOT CONTACT US REPEATEDLY about spelling changes - we won't have time to reply, and we frequently get 3, 4 or more emails relating to the same spelling error. Our results administration files will be updated, but the lists shown here won't be.
Click your County to view your team.
These lists also include reserves, they do not list just the selected athletes.
The lists shown here are purely to allow athletes to check spellings, they are not a list of the selected team.
Your name appearing here does not mean that you have been selected,
however, if your name does NOT appear in these lists, you have definitely NOT been selected.
Avon,    Bedfordshire,    Berkshire,    Buckinghamshire,    Cambridgeshire,    Cheshire,    Channel Islands,    Cleveland,    Cornwall,    Cumbria,    Derbyshire,    Devon,    Dorset,    Durham,    Essex,    Gloucestershire,    Gtr Manchester,    Hampshire,    Hereford & Worcestershire,    Hertfordshire,    Humberside,    Isle of Man,    Kent,    Lancashire,    Leicestershire,    Lincolnshire,    London,    Merseyside,    Middlesex,    Northamptonshire,    Northumberland,    Norfolk,    Nottinghamshire,    North Yorkshire,    Oxfordshire,    Shropshire,    Somerset,    Staffordshire,    Suffolk,    South Yorkshire,    Surrey,    Sussex,    Warwickshire,    West Midlands,    West Yorkshire,    Wiltshire,
...so why is it so hard to get the spellings right then? Many might just be typing errors, but for interest, in 2009 there were 824 different firstnames, and 2277 different surnames, many of which can be spelled in different ways (even spelled can be spelt in two ways!). Frequently, athletes' names can be passed on to team managers via two or three people, often by phone. We regularly see between 2% and 3% of names being incorrectly spelled.
The nature of County teams means that the team managers aren't in daily contact with athletes and quite often they've never come across them before. In such cases it is all too easy to hear a name by phone and spell it as one thinks it should be - sometimes schools don't have the correct spellings in their own files. Some names just have too many spellings - even William Shakespeare couldn't spell his own name consistently from day to day!
Look at some the variations just of firstnames we've seen in recent years - all of these have been verified to be real:
...the list of alternative surname spellings is just too long to publish here but Johnson, Jonson, Johnston, or Johnstone; Thompson, Thomson, or Tompson; and Howarth or Haworth are regulars! Then there's the whole load of Mc and Mac families to recognise.
We also have frequent problems with long multi-barrelled surnames, and we are seeing increasingly more double-barrelled forenames too. We already hire in a widescreen TV display for the scoreboard, but we simply can't afford one wide enough to display some names, so we need to abbreviate them as best as we can so that they fit in the space available onscreen, in the printed programme, and in the results.
In particular, please note that teams are strictly limited in the number of athletes they can select, and that ESAA entry standards are for guidance to team selectors - they are not trigger points for automatic selection.
A full explanation of selection procedures and limitations is given in the FAQs page.