Entry process confirmed for 2021 England U20 and U23 Championships

We are pleased to confirm the entry process for the 2021 England Under-20 and Under-23 Track and Field Championships which incorporate the British Trials for the European Under-20 and Under-23 Championships.

The championships will take place at Bedford International Stadium  on 19-20 June.

With the two-day event taking place before the proposed lifting of all legal limits on social contact as per the UK Government’s Roadmap, the maximum number of people able to attend has been restricted by Bedford International Stadium to 550. In addition, we will have in place management systems and controlled numbers for the indoor warm up area.

Attendance at the Championships is traditionally more than 1,000 athletes with parents, coaches, supporters and officials in addition. Therefore, due to COVID-19 restrictions, we have had to limit the size of the fields for each event as well as maintain the qualifying standard system. We aim to revert to the standard process for the U15/U17 Championships later in the summer and the U20/U23 Championships in 2022.

Eligible performance standards

With the aim of putting in place the fairest system of selection to the limited fields, entries will be accepted up to the number of athletes allocated to each event from the top performances recorded in licenced competition by midnight on Sunday 6 June.

Athletes who rank Top 16 in the UK (in the U23, or U20/U17 age groups), against the eligible numbers, are asked to enter the Championships by Wednesday 9 June, after checking their ranking from 6 June. Should athletes in these top ranking eligible positions not want to take up a place in the Championships, we will cascade down the ranking list.

The number of places in each event has been assessed against entries we would normally take in each year for the Championships as well as considering the flow of individuals through the Championships according to the timetable.

Eligible performance period

The eligible performance period for ranking is 1 January 2021 to midnight 6 June 2021. It is important to say that on 6 June not all performances recorded in eligible competition may be on the Power of 10 website but performances up to midnight on 6 June will be accepted.

As an example:

Under-20 Women 100m Hurdles top 16 ranked athletes and a qualifying performance of 15.60.
This means on June 7 we will accept entries from the top 16 ranked Under-20 women athletes in the UK (not just England due to the event being the trial for the GB Under 20 team for European Juniors) provided they have run 15.60 (legal) or faster in a licenced competition from 1 January 2021 to midnight 6 June 2021.

We will start to cascade entries to the 17th and 18th etc ranked athletes on 9 June if we do not receive an entry from a top 16 ranked athlete by 12 noon on 9 June. We will stop cascading to the next eligible athlete on 11 June to enable management of the event and confirmation of all entries with athletes.

Entry standards and event numbers

Under 23 Men and Women

 Event U23M standard
U23M max numbers U23W standard
U23W max numbers
 100m 10.85        32  12.30        24
 200m 22.1        24  25.00        24
 400m 49        24  57.50        24
 800m 1.50.00        24  2.12        24
 1500m 3.49.00        24  4.30        24
 Sprint Hurdles 15.3        16  15.10        16
 400m Hurdles 57.5        16  67        16
 3000m Steeplechase tbc        12 tbc        12
 10000m Walk  50.00          5  55.00          5
 High Jump 2          8  1.70          8
 Pole Vault 4.5          8  3.40          8
 Long Jump 7.05          8  5.70          8
 Triple Jump 13.8          8  11.20          8
 Shot 14          8  11.80          8
 Discus 44          8  40.00          8
 Hammer 51          8  50.00          8
 Javelin 56          8  39.00          8

Under 20 men and women

 Event U20M standard U20M max numbers U20W standard U20W max numbers
 100m  10.95        32  12.40        32
 200m  22.20        24  25.30        24
 400m  49.50        24  58.00.        24
 800m  1.54        24  2.15        24
 1500m  3.56        24  4.39        24
 3000m*  8.45        12  10.15        12
 Sprint Hurdles  15.30        16  15.60        16
 400m Hurdles  57.70        16  68.00        16
 3000m Steeplechase  10.00        12  12.00        12
 10000m Walk  50.00          5  55.00          5
 High Jump  1.95          8  1.70          8
 Pole Vault  4.25          8  3.30          8
 Long Jump  6.90          8  5.60          8
 Triple Jump  13.70          8  11.40          8
 Shot  13.70          8  11.80          8
 Discus  44.00          8  38.00          8
 Hammer  50.00          8  49.00          8
 Javelin  54.00          8  39.00          8

*There is the opportunity for the events not staged in Bedford on 22 – 23 June as follows:
 • Men’s and Women’s 3,000m: 26-27 June – Manchester.
 • Men’s and Women’s 5,000m: 12 June – Watford (BMC meet).

Event requirements

On confirmation of the fields on 11 June, detailed information about the event will be sent to all qualifying entrants.  As a point of information, the athlete and one other connected person will be allowed into the stadium area.  We will not require vaccinations but will require all attendees to self-health check on the morning of the competition and would strongly encourage a lateral flow test be undertaken prior to attending.

The Championships will be run in a COVID-19 secure environment.  Please be aware of any UK Government guidance about international travel prior to an event if you are intending to travel abroad prior to the Championships.  These Championships are not being held under ‘elite’ status.

We look forward to welcoming all qualifying athletes and their one ‘supporter’ to the 2021 England Championships as part of our ‘Journey to Birmingham 2022’ Championship events.

We will continue to communicate information about the process to qualify for the England Athletics U20/23 Championships and British Trials.

If the UK Government Roadmap changes, we will provide an update as soon as possible and post this here on the England Athletics website.

Martin Rush (England Athletics Head of Coaching and Athlete Development) and Spencer Duval (England Athletics Endurance Event Group Lead) describe the process in a short video.

Watch below or click to view video on YouTube.