Cross Country Championships

About Cross Country Championship

The ESAA National Cross-Country Championship is the most eagerly anticipated event of the winter for young athletes.


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.

Additional Information

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. 

Junior: 13 years and under 15 years 

Intermediate: 15 years and under 17 years 

Senior: 17 years and under 19 years 

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. 


Junior Boys – 3,100-3,500 metres 

Intermediate Boys – 4,500 – 5,000 metres 

Senior Boys – 6,000 – 6,500 metres  

Junior Girls – 3,100 – 3,500 metres 

Intermediate Girls – 3,500 – 4,000 metres 

Senior Girls – 3,500 – 4,500 metres 



  • Sat 16th March 2024 | Cross Country Championships | Pontefract Racecourse
  • Sat 23rd March | SIAB Cross Country International – Sports Ireland Campus, Abbottstown, Dublin.
The Next Competition

Cross Country Championships

Sat 16th March 2024 | Pontefract Racecourse, WF8 4RA.


Sat 16th March 2024 | Pontefract Racecourse, WF8 4RA.