Wiltshire Schools' Athletics Association

English Schools National Cross-Country Championships
14 Mar 2018

News update!

Geoff Snell, ESAA Assistant Cross Country Secretary:

Please note that the whole area of the park is very wet and in the light of this we recommend that athletes are equipped with 12 to 15 mm spikes. It is likely that it will not be possible for teams to walk the course to inspect it prior to the races. We will have to try and preserve course conditions. Car Parking could well be a problem. The area we had planned to park parents cars may be too wet and as a consequence a contingency plan is to use the area we were going to park the team coaches. In that circumstance, coaches unfortunately will only be able to drop teams off and then have to go to a parking area offsite. If the latter is called into practice, we will inform you of the arrangements.

Kindly bear with us on this. Decisions will have to be made on a daily basis. We will keep you informed of developments via the web site so please do check it regularly.

Andy Scrase, WSAA Cross Country Secretary:

Please bring wellies, towel, warm clothes and Duct tape for shoes, as in the past we have had some come off in the mud!!! Also note meeting times at Salisbury 10.30, and Swindon 11.45

Congratualations to all athletes selected to repreesent Wiltshire at the English Schools National Cross Country Championships on Saturday 17th March 2018. The team list is available here.

Venue and directions

Temple Newsam Park, Leeds.
Directions: Google Earth: simply search for Temple Newsam. Click the map to find directions from your home to the park, Enter postcode LS15 0AE as the destination (that is ZERO AE, not oh AE).


On Friday 16th March, we leave the Salisbury coach station at 11.00 am, to travel up to Swindon. We leave the orbital at Swindon at 12.15.

We aim to arrive at Bradford Premier Inn by 1800.


We will all be eating our evening meal and breakfast at the Premier Inn. (This cost is included in overall price of trip.) Please bring extra food for the journey up, for Saturday and the trip back.


All athletes run in the county vests and black shorts. (No logos or white stripes are allowed)


Athletes to come changed (as facilities are very limited). We will be taking an events shelter to act as base camp and provide some shelter. Please make sure that you have plenty of warm clothing, changes of socks and footwear and bags to hold muddy kit after the race, as we cannot go back on the coach with muddy feet!


Teams should arrive between 10.30 – 11.00 so that all can be registered by 1200


Each county may enter 12 athletes, of which a maximum of 8 to run. All teams to declare one hour before the start of the first race. The first 6 to finish will score for the county team.


Please refer to ESAA website for further information about the event including race details and parking arrangements.

Documents to read:

SW XC Championships 2018
26 Jan 2018

Details of the South West Cross Country Championship to be held on on Saturday 3rd February:



Stover School, Newton Abbott, Devon. TQ12 6QG

Arrival and Changing

Athletes to come changed (as facilities are limited)

Please do not arrive before 10.30 when the course and changing facilities will be open Teams should arrive between 10.30 – 11.00


Park and Ride starts from the Caravan Club Site , just past the School. TQ12 6QG. Parking charges apply. Only officials can park on the school site

Race details

Age groups: Senior: Intermediate: Junior: Minors as at the county championships (Ages as ESAA Handbook)

The first race is at 12.30. Championships will be finished by 1530 hrs. All race details will be posted on the Devon Schools AA website. All courses are suitable for spikes.

Presentations will be made at the end of each race.

Team Results will be produced at the conclusion of the meeting

Refreshments will be on sale


Each county may enter 16 athletes, of which a maximum of 10 to run.

All teams to declare one hour before the start of the first race.

The first 6 to finish will score for the county team.

Race numbers are provided – 4 Safety pins are the responsibility of the athletes.

Running Vests

The running vests will be taken down on the Salisbury coach on the day and given out. If you need to purchase one please bring £16.00 in a sealed envelope. Cheques can be made payable to WSAA. These can be handed in to your team managers on the coach, so they will not get lost.

Coach Departure Times

Salisbury: meet at 7.45 at the coach station to leave by 8.00

Swindon: meet at the Orbital outside the M&S store at 7.45 at the coach station to leave by 8.00

Both Coaches will hopefully go straight down, though may stop briefly for a toilet stop. We aim to leave by 1600, to return by 1830.

Care of Athletes

Runners please bring enough food & drink for the day, with a little £ for refreshments if required. It may be wet and cold so please bring a change of clothes, especially dry socks and a change of footwear and a warm waterproof coat. All muddy kit will need to go in a bag as the coaches must be kept mud free.

Documents to read:

Cross Country Championship Results
22 Jan 2018

Thanks to Sheldon School, it's staff and the many other people that helped to organise and run yesterdays championship. Your help is very much appreciated.

Congratulations to all those that competed. Due to a glitch in proceedings we are not able to publish the times for both the Senior and Intermediate girls events. Please accept our apologies.   Results as follows:  

We are sorry that we were not able to present all the certificates as indicated on the results. We hope to distribute these to schools over the coming weeks.

Happy running!

Wiltshire Schools’ Cross Country Championship
18 Jan 2018

The WSAA Cross Country Championships will take place on Saturday 20th January 2018 with reserve date Saturday 27th January 2018.


Sheldon School
Hardenhuish Lane
SN14 6HJ


Please do not arrive before 09:15 as races are starting half an hour later this year (see below).

Teams should arrive between 09:15 & 09:35.


All those travelling from Swindon and North Wiltshire please enter Sheldon School via the Main Entrance.

Those travelling from West Wiltshire, Kennet or Salisbury please enter via the entrance signposted STAFF ENTRANCE (leads to tennis court behind gym).

The STAFF ENTRANCE which everyone coming from West Wilts, Salisbury and Kennet should use please, is a little bit further down Hardenhuish Lane from the Main Entrance (to be used only by those coming from Swindon and North Wilts) just past the turning on the right (Old Hardenhuish Lane)


Entry is by programme price £2.00 for adults (U-18 free). Programmes will be on sale at the exit from the car parks to the courses. Programmes will contain the names of every athlete entered,


WOW cakes, BETTER Bacon Butties and Hot Drinks will be on sale from 09:15.

Please continue to support WSAA by enjoying the refreshments on offer and purchasing a programme.Without your support we would not be able to run our Cross Country Championship.

WSAA Appeal

We are keen to enlist the volunteer services of someone with computer software knowledge. Please contact WSAA via the Contacts page on this website if you think you can help. Please also contact us if you would like to donate a raffle prize. Responses by end of the week would be most helpful. Thank you.


Please check the spelling of you name from the age group entries below. If your name is missing or incorrectly spelt then please contact us immediately, using Contacts page on this site,

Note: Areas can list a squad of up to 15 named runners of which a maximum of (any) 12 (10 senior) of this squad can run on the day. Your area is responsible for informing you if you are a reserve or if you are running.

10.45 Senior Boys (Y12&13) 6,585m Entries
10.46 Minor Girls (Y7) 2,340m Entries
11.05 Senior Girls (Y12&13)
Inter Girls (Y10 &Y11)
3,825m Entries
11.20 Minor Boys (Y7) 2,670m Entries
11.30 Junior Girls (Y8 & Y9) 3,250m Entries
11.40 Junior Boys (Y8 & Y9) 3,825m Entries
11.55 Intermediate Boys (Y10 & Y11) 5,550m Entries

Entries by area: Kennet, North Wilts, Salisbury, Swindon, West Wilts

School / College Entries.

Entry reports last generated on: 18 Jan 2018 (new!)

Course Map

The site is detailed on this map. The different courses are detailed here. Please note that the courses are accurate and the same as last year but we will be re-sighting the Team Bases and the Podium Presentations to the tennis courts labelled O+MB; the Results Hub to the where the cup is and the cup (refreshments) to the building above where the Results Hub was. First Aid and RAYNET move to be closer to the Finish.

Forms and documents:

Please read the following important documents

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