CROSS COUNTRY NEWS
Developing Athletes keep the spirit of the legendary Zithulele Sinqe alive in streets of Orange Farm
The second Zet Sinqe Series was hosted with an immense number of athletes coming through to better their performances, following a successful first series held at Kagiso in August 2019. The second series continued over this past Saturday, 12 October 2019 at Chris Hani Sports Complex in Orange Farm.
The series is in honour of the late Zithulele Sinqe who was a former CGA Cross Country Vice-Chairperson and dedicated development coach with IAAF Level 2 Coaching qualification. The Series was not only to honour the late Zithulele but to also unearth the new talent and assist in furthering of the education as part of the mission of Zet Sinqe Foundation.
The day commenced with the 5 km fun run, where witnessed a greater performance from Joseph Ntoloane of Simunye Global Athletics Club, who took the first victory of the day clocking an impressive time of 16:02. In an interview with Joseph, he indicated that it was his first time running 5km race and his ultimate goal is to compete with the likes of Stephen Mokoka at the world championships.
“It is very important to keep contact with local schools in order to introduce athletics to the youth and also to increase mass participation opportunities for the communities. We are looking at the return of the series in 2020 which we anticipate it to be bigger and better”, general manager of Central Gauteng Athletics, Mandla Radebe addressing the participants and the community of Orange Farm after the event”.
We saw champions coming from the township, in one of the hottest event labelled the Street Mile for U13, U15, U17 and U19 age categories. Kagiso Striders AC claimed their victory in the U13 boys and girls events represented by Realeboga Smith and Kitso Gaorekwe crossing line in a time of 5:11 and 5:52 respectively.
One of the awaited events of the day was mile U19 which caters for both genders, concluded the 2019 Zet Sinqe Series at the high note with exciting and competitive race. Simphiwe Mabuza and Tshepo Ntutwane did not disappoint in this regard claiming their victory and stepping line in a time of 4:30 and 5:40 in that order.
During the interview with a representative of Zet Sinqe Foundation, Zintle Mokoka said: “The first series commenced on a low note in terms of numbers, fortunately, today we have had a huge improvement in the number of participants which is encouraging for the series”. She further indicated that on the day there was a scout from one of the school which agreed to offer bursaries to some athletes.
A special thanks to all the partners and sponsors that came on board and made the 2019 Zet Sinqe Run Series possible, City of Johannesburg, Mogale City, M & M Marketing, and Puma for sponsoring running shoes to winners.”
We are looking forward to you joining us in the 2020 Zet Sinqe Run Series.
For further information on the Foundation, please contact Zintle Mokoka on 063 158 0969 or Siyabulela Sinqe on 076 216 1569.
Central Gauteng Athletics continues to produce champions, with a turnout of 395 athletes participated at the ASA Cross Country Championships held at Centurion, Uitisig High School on the 7th September 2019.
Kicking off the first event with a victory, in the age category of Men 35-39. Pule Tjhaona opens CGA Gold Medals with his 8th consecutive partaking at the National Cross Country Championships clocking 25:26. In his post-event interview, he confessed that the race was tough, though he managed to finish the season without suffering injuries. In his conclusion, he indicated that he was preparing for Cape Town Marathon the following weekend.
A rocket start and full of excitement in the Men and Women 10km races were Precious Mashele retain his National crown for the third year in succession. Mashele, who earned Gold at the National Cross Country Trials 10km men race, in Pretoria, earlier this year, completed the course in 29:38. “According to the pace of the race, one could tell that quite a number of athletes were gunning up to defeat me’’ said Mashele. He started to break at 7km from the leading group to the finish of the race.
Another stunning performance was in the Boys 14, 4km event was Johannes Morepe secured Gold medal in style. Morepe of Murray & Roberts athletics club ran his 3rd National Cross Country Championship and since ever he took the second position from 2017, but this time he clocked 12:10 to see him take his first gold at national championships.
One of our favourite and hot events was senior men 4km race were Brendon Lentswe reach Podium in Gold medal. Lentswe who has dominated the provincial leagues including winning the 2019 ASA Grand Prix. He has wrapped the season with an impressive time of 11:07 at national championships.
“It is CGA tradition for doing well at Cross Country and the preparation during the season went well. As a result, a strong team was selected with a belief that we will bring more medals’’ said Steven Khanyile CGA Cross Country Chairman during the championships.
Local distance running stars Precious Mashele and Glenrose Xaba will turn out among the favourites this weekend, when they line up to defend their national titles at the 2019 ASA Cross Country Championships to be held at Uitsig High School, Centurion on Saturday 7 September.
Mashele, who finished 16th at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Aarhus earlier this year, is set to lead the Central Gauteng Athletics (CGA) team in the senior men’s 10km race.
He is expected to face challenges from the likes of Thabang Mosiako (Athletics Central North West) and track specialist Flavio Sehohle (Athletics Mpumalanga), who are in the entry lists.
Xaba will defend the senior women’s 10km title she won in Port Elizabeth last year, after being included in the Athletics Gauteng North (AGN) team, which also featured Aynslee van Graan who has returned home after competing on the US collegiate circuit in recent years.
They are up against a field which also includes marathon runners Cornelia Joubert (CGA) and Zintle Xiniwe (WPA).
In the senior men’s 4km race, a hard-fought battle is expected by a line-up featuring the likes of middle-distance stars Rantso Mokopane (ACNW), Jerry Motsau (ACNW), Marko Bucarizza (CGA), Derocious Makhobalo (CGA) and Anthony Timoteus (WPA).
Van Graan is gearing up for a double attempt, after being included in the field for the senior women’s 4km race, where she is due to meet track ace, Anuscha Nice (AMPU).
“Cross country is one of our most exciting events and we are looking forward to another exciting edition. We believe it’s will be a hard-fought contest all round,” said Aleck Skhosana, the President of Athletics South Africa.
Central Gauteng Athletics would like to congratulate all athletes from your club who are selected to represent the province at the South Africa Cross Country Championships to be held on the 7 September 2019 at Uitsig High School in Centurion.
The team meeting will be held on Sunday, 25 August 2019 at CGA Board Room, Germiston Stadium at 14h00 to give final team arrangements.
The Cross Country Commission and CGA Selectors has agreed to give an opportunity to deserving athletes that finished in the top 12 in their respective events at the Provincial Championships an opportunity to be part of Team B. Athletes that register for Team B will be required to cover their own cost to the National Championships and contribute towards the entry fee and provincial clothing. If an athlete has provincial clothing, he or she will only be liable for the entry fee of R40. If an athlete requires clothing, a total fee of R300 will be payable to CGA which will include the entry fee.
All entries must go via the province office with the closing date for individual entries on Monday, 26 August 2019 before 12h00.
Central Gauteng Athletics held the 2019 Cross Country Provincial Championships powered by MTN Foundation over this past Saturday, on the 17 August 2019 at Kagiso Sports Complex.
The Championships witnessed great support by both athletes and spectators on the day with a turnout of more than 1500 athletes taking part in provincial championships.
The day commenced with sub-veteran and veteran men setting the tone for the day running a distance of 8km. Vincent Seng of Bedfordview Athletics Club claimed the first victory of the day in a time of 00:26:04. In the women veteran category, Tebogo Mokgosinyane of Nedbank Athletics Club took the first position running the 4km race clocking 00:15:28. She celebrated her 6th victory in cross country this season.
Lodirile Athletics Club dominated in the girls under 10 category seeing Ayanda Njodi winning her race in the time of 00:07:46. One of the highlight and more competitive event in cross country is the 10km senior race, Precious Mashele of Olifantsfontein Athletics Club claimed the victory clocking 00:30:35. He is looking forward to being selected to defend his national title at the national championships at the beginning of next month.
Farida Zwane of Tembisa Athletics Club celebrated the Women’s Month in style following her exceptional performance in the 10km Senior Women race to finish in the time of 00:37:28. His marked the 4th win this season for Zwane and we will be expecting the same performance at the national championships.
The championships were concluded with the 4km senior event, which to some extent is regarded as the crowd puller because of the pace the athletes’ performance at the race. Nicole van der Merwe of UJ Athletics Club and Maxime Chaameton of Olifantsfontein Athletics Club dominated their respective races and clocking 00:14:31 and 00:11:28 respectively.
At a post-event interview, CGA Cross Country Chairperson Steven Khanyile firstly thanked MTN Foundation for the support throughout the season which he marks it as one of the very successful seasons. He confirmed that the province will be sending a strong team which consist of top six athletes to represent the province at the 2019 Cross Country National Championships. He concluded by thanking all the stakeholders that contributed to the success of the season.
Over the years CGA has performed exceptionally well at the National Championships and yet again the preparations at the Provincials Championships is a clear indication of expected great performances anticipated at the National Championships which will be held at Uitsig High School in Pretoria on the 7th September 2019.
The Team announcement will be done should with a team meeting scheduled for the 25 August 2019.
Central Gauteng Athletics will be hosting the 2019 Cross Country Provincial Championships powered by MTN Foundation on the 17 August 2019 at Kagiso Sports Complex in Kagiso. Cross Country commission is looking forward to closing the season at the provincial championships after a very successful season of cross country.
The province will be using the provincial championships to select the CGA team that will be representing the province at the National Championships. We are confident that our athletes will be ready for the South Africa Championships which will take place at Uitsig High School in Pretoria on the 7th September 2019.
The commission will be introducing a 2km race for the junior and senior category in preparation for the National Championships 2km event for the same categories.
Incentives in form of prize money will be awarded to athletes that have participated in 4 leagues events in the 2019 CGA Cross Country season and as closed championships only to CGA athletes.
Cross Country athletes are edged to submit Birth Certificates or ID copies not later than Thursday 15 August 2019. Submission can be done at the CGA office.
SA Olympic Athletes and CGA Cross County Commission closed the season of 2019 Cross Country leagues in Tembisa
Central Gauteng Athletics held the last leg of 2019 Cross Country season powered by MTN Foundation over this past Saturday 27 July 2019 at Multi-Purpose Community Centre in Tembisa.
The Cross Country commission is looking forward to the provincial championships after a very successful season of cross country coming to an end with the joint efforts of Olympic Games silver medallist Khotso Mokoena and Olympic gold medallist Caster Semenya. Giving back to the sport of athletics, they both Motivated athletes towards the provincial championships.
Having hosted the CGA’s 8th league event which commenced with the category of under 8 boys and girls who ran a distance of 1 km, we witnessed Bheki Nkosi of Tembisa Athletics Club taking home ground advantage in the finish line of 00:04:04.
In the 3km Girls event, Lebo Nkanyane of Palmridge Athletics club fired the event by attacking fellow competitor on the way to the finish line clocking in a time of 00:11:45.
One of the interesting events was Veteran men and Master men, where we witnessed an outstanding performance by James Mgcina of SAPS, claiming his 4th title in the event of 8km Veteran men. He victoriously ended the race clocking 00:28:04.
“l would like to give a message to the upcoming athletes that they need to keep running and believe in their talent that they have. Through Faith they can achieve greater miles, even go to Olympic games and become world champions.” Said Olympic silver medallist Khotso Mokoena.
The senior 10km race was our last event which it has been labelled as the most challenging event at our leagues with the most competitive athletes, such as Ntshindiso Mphakhathi of Hollywood Athletics Club. MR Mphakhathi an IAAF Men’s Road Running claimed his 3rd victory of the season clocking 00:31:49. Tembisa Athletics Club once again capitalised on home ground advantage in the event of 10km senior women race represented by Khutso Moketla claiming her first victory in a time of 00:42:08.
Steven Khanyile, chairperson of the cross country indicated that “it is the last league event and moving onwards it’s a matter of polishing up in preparation of the CGA Championships which will take place on the 17 August 2019 at Kagiso Sports Complex”. 17 August 2019 we will be selecting CGA team that will represent the province at SA Championship in Pretoria on the 7th September 2019.
Central Gauteng Athletics goes for the 6th league of 2019 Cross Country season powered by the MTN Foundation this past Saturday, 06 July 2019 at Simunye Gymnasium in Westonaria. The league was hosted Baobab Athletics Club who welcomed athletes’ 2019 season goals with a great set up of the course.
The day started well for Sihawu Mlambo of Simunye Global Athletics Club with his 5th victory which sees him dominating the boys under 10 category in the distance of 2km clocking in a time of 00:07:23. In a post-event interview, Mlambo indicated that he is ready and willing to take over position one at this year’s provincial and National Championships.
Murray and Roberts Athletics Club claimed victory in the boys and girls under 17 and 19 category respectively presented by Tshepo Ntutwana clocking the time of 00:19:56 and Dipuo Mashishi finishing in a time of 00:23:13 having run a distance of 6km race respectively. James Mgcina of SAPS took his 2nd victory of the season running a distance of 8km Veteran men and Master men category finishing first in a timeline of 00:27:29.
One of the interesting events was senior men 4 km race which we witnessed Brendon Lentswe from Nedbank Athletics Club stepping to the finish line in a time of 00:11:34. Nicole van Merwe also dominated the race in senior women category clocking at 00:14:20.
Andries Sesedi from Colossus Athletics Club won his first race of the season in the boys under 19 boys category running a distance of 8km race by clocking the of 00:25:31. The last event of the day, the 10km race is always interesting that saw Precious Mashele of Olifantsfontein Athletics Club claiming his 2nd victory of the season in the time of 00:30:46, his other victory was in the 4km event.
The next league event will be held at Dorothy Nyembe Park, hosted by Take it easy AC on the 20 July 2019 which will incorporate the ASA Cross Country Series. Looking forward to seeing you there.
Central Gauteng Athletics proudly hosted a very successful 2019 Cross Country league powered by MTN Foundation, past Saturday, 22 July 2019 at Delta Park in Randburg.
Delta Park has over the years as one of the province best league venues and it did not disappoint with its trademark of being the toughest cross country course in the province. The course was prepared by the hosting club RAC Vreni Welch with a lot of experience behind her.
The day’s programme commenced with the under 8 events competing in the 1km race where Sihle Nyezi of Simunye Global Athletics Club defended his title clocking 00:04:26. In a post-event interview, he thanked his teams mates giving him a fighting spirit to push forward. Simunye Global Athletic Club continuing to dominate and winning in other categories including the under 10, 2km and 4km Boys under 15 & 14 events. Another great performance was by Oratile Mashigo of Palmridge Athletics Club taking the first position for the 3rd time this season in the time of 00:14:56 on the 4km Boys under 13.
The Olympic Games silver medallist and Colgate brand ambassador Khotso Mokoena joined the province at the 5th Cross Country league with activation by Colgate South Africa. The activation was initiated by the Olympian in giving back to his sport of athletics especially the runners. On the day Colgate had free dental screening, giving away free toothbrushes and Colgate gift vouchers. In an interview, Khotso said that ‘Athletics plays a huge role in keeping communities healthy and it was a perfect match that Colgate SA partner with the province as its main objective is to keep the mount free of bacteria and healthier’. The partnership will continue till the end of the season with the Provincial Championships plans for a big activation.
UJ Athletics Club represented by Tamsanqa Khonco concluded the day with the victory in the so-called main event which is the Senior 10km race in the time of 00:33:31. This is his first appearance at the cross country this season and the selectors are hoping that he maintains his performance till the National Championships later this year. In the women category, Farita Zwane of Tembisa Athletics Club took her 2nd league victory of the season in the Senior Women 10km event clocking the time of 00:40:48. After finishing her race she was congratulated by a group of young ladies for an inspirational win.
The next league event will be held at Simunye Sports Complex in Westonaria hosted by Baobab Athletics Club on the 06 July 2019. We hope to see you there.
Central Gauteng Athletes has hosted 4 successful Cross Country Leagues which were Sam Ntuli Stadium, Dobsonville, Kwathema Sports Complex and the most recent one being at Chris Hani Sports Complex, Orange Farm. The next league event will be held Delta Park hosted by RAC Athletics Club on the 22 June 2019.
Athletes must run any 4 out of 8 league events plus the CGA Championships to be considered for selection to represent CGA at the SA Championship. The Central Gauteng Athletics Championships will be held on 17 August 2019 at Kagiso Sports Complex.
Steven Khanyile, chairperson of Cross Country in an interview indicated that “the performance is really encouraging this year as we are looking at sending a very strong provincial team for the National Championships on 8 September 2019”.
With four more leagues remaining to complete this season, we are expecting to see action-filled events from now going forth.