The ESAA National Championships are the 4th largest athletics event in the World, with only Olympics, World Championships and Commonwealth Games having more athletes. Organised entirely by volunteer teachers, who bring together the best athletes in each County in England to compete for the honour of being the best athlete in the Country at their event.
Entry to the event is by virtue of athletes acquiring the entry standard and being selected by County Team Managers to represent their County. Prime consideration is given to performances at County Championships, but other outstanding performances at other events may be taken into consideration.
Nearly all the UK Olympic Athletics team members have featured in the ESAA Championships.
The Greater Manchester English Schools team contains several Trafford athletes. In the Senior Boys we have Rivaldo Brown and Will Aldred (both Derek Fraser) sprint hurdling in their 5th and final English Schools competition. The Senior Girls sees Beth Barlow (Duncan Mason) in the 800m and Ashton Greenwood (Steve Ball) 400m; in the Cheshire team we have Chloe Esagbona (Steve Ball) in the 400m Hurdles.
In the Inter Boys Xavi O'Hare (Neil Canham) goes in the 1500m. The Junior age group is well represented with Evie Collier and Samantha Mason (both Duncan Mason) in the JG 1500m; Job Bental (Neil Canham) in the JB 1500m and Jack Morrissey and Jamall Walters (Both Iheanyi Ihedwa) in the JB 200m.
Also look out for two athletes from other clubs who have been joining in with Traffords Jumps squad recently, Jerel Livingston for Greater Manchester in the JB Long Jump and Ethan Milligan for Cheshire in the Senior Boys High Jump.
You can catch the action live here: http://www.runjumpthrow.com/live