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The Kent Schools' Athletic Association's Track & Field Championship is usually held on the second (or occasionally the third) Saturday in June.

This page is primarily an information source for pupils at secondary schools in the Thanet District and their parents and teachers. It may prove useful for people in other districts too, but is not intended to replace the official website or the facebook group of the Kent Schools' Athletic Association.

Dates -The KSAA Cross Country Championship takes place on a Saturday in mid- to late June. It is usually four weeks after the Kent Championship (contested by club runners.)

Venues -The event usually takes place at the Julie Rose Stadium (Willesborough Rd, Kennington, Ashford TN24 9QX). As that track was resurfaced during the spring and summer of 2022, the competition was switched to Medway Park (Mill Rd, Gillingham ME7 1HF).

How to Enter -Anyone interested in taking part should speak to their school PE teacher. Pupils are nominated by their school's PE Department to the District Coordinator.

Age Groups -The age categories are Year 7, Juniors (Y8 and Y9) and Intermediates (Y10 and Y11). There are no events for Seniors (Y12 and Y13) apart from Steeplechases and Race Walks.

Selection - There is no limit to the number of athletes a district may select in any particular event. However, athletes are expected to be able to achieve the published entry standard.

Kit - Spikes may be worn and should be no longer than 6mm in length. Runners are representing both their own school and their school district, so will usually wear a school sports top. A few districts have their own sponsored kit, which all their competitors wear.

Events - The championship includes the full range of track and field disciplines. Exceptions are multi-events (pentathlon, decathlon etc, which have their own championship events). There are no Relay events.

Kent Selection - The first- and second-placed finishers in each event (Juniors and Intermediates only) are usually selected to represent Kent Schools at an Inter-Counties competition the following Saturday.

English Schools - A maximum of 70 athletes are selected to represent Kent at the English Schools' Championship. Selection is based on performances at the Kent Schools' Championship and Schools' Inter-Counties, as well as certain club events (currently the Kent Championship and South of England Championship.)