Temple Newsam Park, Leeds – Saturday 17th March 2018

The 58th Boys and 50th Girls English Schools’ Cross Country Championship is to take place at Temple Newsam Park, Leeds.

Welcome Message from Rob Cameron WYSAA Secretary

Welcome to the 2018 English Schools Cross Country Championships here at Temple Newsam Park Leeds.
Temple Newsam, is a Tudor-Jacobean house with grounds landscaped by Capability Brown. In the property is known as Neuhusam and was owned by Ilbert de Lacy. Before that it had been owned by Dunstan and Glunier, Anglo-Saxon thanes. Around 1155 it was given to the Knights Templar, who built Temple Newsam Preceptory some distance from the current house. In 1307 the Templars were suppressed and in 1377 by royal decree the estate reverted to Sir Philip Darcy (created 4th Lord DARCY in 1362 and d. 24 Apr. 1399). Between 1500 and 1520 a Tudor country house, Temple Newsam House, was built on the site. It has been described by some as “the Hampton Court of the North.

The West Yorkshire Schools Athletics Association are delighted to be hosting the event again at this wonderful park which is quickly becoming one of the top cross country venues in the North. Temple Newsam has hosted the Schools Cross Country in 2007 and English National XC Championships in 2004.

Congratulations to all of the athletes on being selected to represent your county, it is a great achievement just to run at the National Championships and I know the experience will last for many years to come. I (as a Scotsman) never ran ESAA XC, but I’ve been fortunate enough to compete in the SIAB event and in World Schools events. This journey for many young athletes is the start of an international pathway and ESAA/WYSAA are proud to name many a famous name who have gone on to greater achievement, Alistair and Jonny Brownlee to name two from West Yorkshire.

West Yorkshire Schools last hosted ESAA XC event in 2007, with our own James Wilkinson finishing 3rd in the senior boys and both Laura Weightman and Emelia Gorecka being placed in the inter and junior girls races respectively
I would like to take this opportunity to thank today’s sponsors, New Balance, Leeds City Council and the English Schools, executive members who have helped stage this event. A very special thanks goes also to Paul Allison, Geoff Snell and Maryon O’Donnell who have done so much of the organising on behalf of the county association.

Finally good luck to all the athletes who will provide us with the wonderful athletic spectacle in front of Temple Newsam House.

I do hope that everyone who competes today and all those that come to spectate have an enjoyable day and find time to thank the many volunteers that makes ESAA events so successful.

Rob Cameron

Secretary WYSAA


10.00 am -Declarations open 11.00 am -Officials meeting 12.00 am -Declarations Close and Championship Course should be cleared

9.00 am – Championship site open
9.30 am – Course open for inspection
12.30 pm – Intermediate Girls Championship
Followed by the Individual Presentation
3800 metres
1.00 pm – Junior Boys Championship
Followed by the Individual Presentation
4100 metres
1.30 pm – Junior Girls Championship
Followed by the Individual Presentation
3100 metres
2.00 pm – Intermediate Boys Championship
Followed by the Individual Presentation
5200 metres
2.35 pm – Senior Girls Championship
Followed by the Individual Presentation
4100 metres
3.05 pm – Senior Boys Championship
Followed by the Individual Presentation
6800 metres
English Schools Cross Country Championships 2018 Course Layout

Championship notes for the start of each race

Competitors should assemble in the marquee behind the start area in plenty of time before their race.

Competitors will be allowed into the start area 5 minutes before the beginning of each race.

A warning will be given 3 minutes before each race. At this time, competitors should assemble behind their start pen.

With 1 minute to go competitors will be instructed to move into their start pen and line up in race order by the Start Stewards.

Competitors should listen carefully to any last moment instructions given by the Starter.

The start will be by gun.

Numbers must be securely pinned on the front of the County vest. Any mutilation or folding of these numbers may lead to disqualification.

Location & Travel Instructions

The park is situated South East of Leeds and is just a few minutes from Junction 46 on the M1.

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).

Travel directions are shown below.

NOTE: The route a Satnav will display will be closed. You MUST follow the instructions given here.


Take the M1 to juntion 46, turn westwards onto the A6120 ring road towards Leeds.
After approx 300m stay in the middle lanes and go straight on at the roundabout, towards Leeds.
At the next roundabout about 900m on, stay in the left lane towards Halton B6169, this is quite a narrow road and is generally quite busy.
Take the 2nd exit onto Selby Road.
The final approach to Temple Newsam has two routes, this is the way a Satnav will show but the road will be closed – you need to follow the further instructions here.
After about 600m you arrive at traffic lights, with a small easy to miss signpost to Temple Newsam House on the left hand side just before the lights.
DO NOT TURN LEFT HERE – the road will be closed.
Continue straight on through the lights for approximately 1600m, passing through a multitude of light-controlled pedestrian crossings and eventually arriving at a fairly congested shopping area. Continue through up to a large LIDL store on the left.

Immediately after the entrance to the LIDL car park, turn very sharp left at the traffic lights onto Temple Newsam Road.
Temple Newsam Park is about 1600m down this road. There will be signs and stewards directing you to car parks. There will be 3 parking areas designated for public parking, team coaches, and VIP/officials/BlueBadges.

Interactive Google Map to Temple Newsam


Temple Newsam Site Map
Disabled Access

Reserved parking space will allocated as close to the finish as possible.
You need to reserve your space before the event.
Blue badge holders who wish to apply for a car park pass should email Paul Allison (allison.pa@nottinghamhigh.co.uk) Please provide your car registration number and email address and a pass with be emailed.


Public parking

There will be a parking charge of £8 per car, which will include an event programme. Please ensure that you have the correct money available to help speed entry to the parking area.

Wet weather parking

If the fields allocated for public parking are too wet, the public will use the area designated for coaches. In this case, the coaches will be sent away and won’t return until the end of the event.

Athletes must not rely on having access to team coaches during the afternoon.