Update of CGA Team for SA Cross Country Championships 2021

Central Gauteng Athletics announces the inclusion of the 8 to 13 years age category on the provincial team for the South Africa Cross Country Championships to be held on the 17 and 18 September 2021 at Hutchison Park in Amanzimtoti.

The additional age groups which are 8 to 13 years old will be competing on day 1 of the championships on 17 September 2021.

We are, therefore, requesting the additional age groups to attend the compulsory team meeting scheduled for Sunday, 12 September 2021 at Germiston Stadium at 10h00 to give final team arrangements.

We would appreciate it if clubs could advise the selected athletes accordingly and revert back to our office with vest and tracksuit sizes (only athletes that were not selected for CGA teams in the past 3 years will get clothing). We also request that athletes with their own travel and accommodation advise the office accordingly.

We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all additional selected athletes for the National Championships.

Herewith, please find the attached 2021 CGA Cross Country Team 8 to 13 age group and ASA Circular 36 for your attention.

We would appreciate it if you can share with athletes and coaches in your club.

Kind regards,

CGA Cross Country Commission
Central Gauteng Athletics
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Runners give their best at CGA 2021 Cross Country Championships

CGA Cross Country Championships - Kagiso 28 August 2021

10km Senior Men Race

Photo Credit: SMacPix

Central Gauteng Athletics (CGA) proudly hosted its Provincial Cross Country Championships on Saturday, 28 August 2021 at Kagiso Sports Complex in Kagiso. This was in partnership with the Tsogo Sun Hotel and National Lotteries Commission. The 2021 CGA Cross Country Championships comes after hosting 5 successful leagues and Provincial Trials at the beginning of the year.

The championships started with the veterans and masters’ events setting the tone for the day running a distance of 8km which saw Mbongeni Ngxazozo of Rockies Athletics club being the first athlete to cross the finish line in a time of 25:39. Jessica Stuart of Run Zone Athletics Club took the first position in the veteran women category running a 4km race by clocking 15:21.

It was clear that there is a lot of talent in the Province when the development competitions commenced, which saw the young boys and girls in the under 8 events contesting over a 1km race. Mahlatse Maroga representing Caster Semenya’s club Masai Athletics Club claimed the first position on the podium by clocking 04:27. Matthew Strydom of Backtrack Athletics Club also dominated the boy’s category to claim his 3rd victory of the season in the time of 04:32.

One of the favourite events was the 10km senior men event that Nicholas Seoposengwe of Boxer Athletics Club claimed in the time of 30:13 to be crowned 2021 CGA Cross Country 10km Champion. At the post-event interview, Seoposengwe said he was very excited about his victory and concluded that he studied his competitors very well during the season.

The senior women 10km event was won by Cacisile Sosibo of Entsika Athletics Club who dominated the race from start to finish with an impressive performance of 36:48 bettering her 2nd victory of 40:53 at Alberton Dam. Sosibo proves to regain her form building up to the provincial championships and she expects to improve her personal best at the National Championships which will be held next month.

The championships were concluded with the 4km Senior Men and Women event which saw Ryan Mphahlele taking the title from Marko Bucarizza who dominated this event throughout the season. Bucarizza had no intention of surrendering his title but with about one lap to go Mphahlele set the pace higher and upping the race tempo significantly to finish in front in the time of 11:38 with Bucarizza finishing 9 Seconds later to claim the second position.

In the senior 4km women event, Cian Oldknow displayed greater performances this season all the way to the championships, with her 4th victory in a time of 13:56. “l really like to try and win a medal at the National Championships since l had a good season this year” said Oldknow during the post-event interview.

CGA Cross Country Chairperson Steven Khanyile firstly thanked Tsogo Sun Hotels and National Lotteries Commission for their support throughout the season. He confirmed that the province will be sending a strong team consisting of the top 6 from the provincial championships to the National championships. Athletes have come in numbers to confirm their readiness for the national championships. He concluded by thanking all the stakeholders that contributed to the success of the season which are sponsors, parents, coaches, CGA office staff, commission members, and last but not least, all athletes for your continued dedication and support for cross country in the province.

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 Durban on 18 September 2021.

Kind regards,

CGA Cross Country Commission
Central Gauteng Athletics
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CGA 2021 Cross Country Championships Update

Central Gauteng Athletics will be hosting the 2021 Cross Country Provincial Championships on 28 August 2021 at Kagiso Sports Complex.

The Cross Country Commission over the last few days has been receiving requests from a number of athletes with regards to the criteria for athletes to participate in the provincial championships. We appreciate the inputs and the interest of our athletes in Cross Country and in particular this season. The commission has therefore resolved to relax the championships entry rules to allow athletes with at least 1 league this season to compete at the championships. However, selection into the provincial team of any athlete with less than 3 leagues will remain at the discretion of the commission and the selectors.

We would also like to thank all athletes that have been submitting their copies of birth certificate/Identity Documents through the office. On the entry portal/link under the Cross Country Champs list, you are able to check if your entry and ID copy has been received. If there is any query we will be happy to address it before the entries closed on Wednesday, 25 August 2021 at midnight and there will be No entries allowed after the closing date or on the day of the championships.

– Here is the entry link: https://cgacrosscountry.com

Medals and prize money at the provincial championships will be awarded to the top 3 finishers in each event category.

Please also be informed that at the National Cross Country Championships this year, ASA will only be allowing 6 entries per category per province with an exception of sub-veteran, veteran, and master age category with only 4 entries allowed per province.

We would appreciate it if you can share this information with your respective athletes and coaches.

Should you need any further information, do not hesitate to contact our office.

Kind regards,

CGA Cross Country Commission
Central Gauteng Athletics
Office Phone: 011 873 2726
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CGA Runners close Cross Country league season

10km Senior Men and Women Race

Central Gauteng Athletics held the last league of 2021 Cross Country season in partnership with the Tsogo Sun Hotels and National Lotteries Commission on Saturday, 14 August 2021 at Alberton Dam.

The 5th league event saw the athletes willing to compete and prepare for provincial championships despite running in windy cold conditions over the weekend.

The event started with the under 8 Boys and Girls category, which ran a distance of 1km. Thandolwethu Mashele claimed his 3rd consecutive victory to end the season in a time of 04:50, while Karlien van Rooyen in the girl’s category finishing 5 seconds ahead of Mashele clocking 04:45.

Elvis Mokhonoana and Nicole van der Merwe both from the UJ Athletics club dominated the 2km Senior men and women event clocking 06:16 and 07:26 respectively. Mokhonoana’s training coach, Elvis Khoza highlighted that Mokhonoana is concentrating on testing his speed in preparation for his main event of 10km.

CGA Selection for Cross Country Championships states that an athlete must run any 3 of the 5 leagues to be considered for the Provincial Championships which will be held on 28 August 2021 at Kagiso Sports Complex.

One of the highlight events was 4km senior women which saw a head to head clash between Gene Coetzee and Lebo Phalula. With one lap to go Coetzee caused a considerable upset by blasting away from her senior finishing in the time of 16:44, one minute ahead of Phalula twin. Marko Bucarizza remains unbeaten in his favourite event of 4km senior men after he won his 3rd victory this season in a brilliant time of 14:33.

Boxer Athletics club once again dominated the 10km senior men, this time represented by Lucky Mohale who showcased a constant form in cross country this season to claim first victory clocking 33:49. The women event was won by Cacisile Sosibo, who found a reason to celebrate the women’s month securing her 2nd victory this season in the time of 40:53. In the post-event interview, Sosibo highlighted that she is confident with her form and she will be looking forward to contesting for the 10km title at the provincial championships.

CGA Cross Country Chairperson Steven Khanyile indicated that the commission was happy with how the leagues have run and that athletes were given sufficient leagues to prepare themselves for the 2021 National Cross Country Championships. He further confirmed that the province will send a very strong team to compete for more medals at the nationals. Unfortunately, due to Covid19 regulations and an effort to manage the numbers, provincial championships will allow athletes with more than 3 leagues to enter in line with the qualifying criteria for selection.

Kindly visit the following link for photos and category results:

https://cgacrosscountry.wixsite.com/home

Kind regards,

CGA Cross Country Commission
Central Gauteng Athletics
Office Phone: 011 873 2726
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Start of 4KM Race

CGA Cross Country Westonaria 31 July 2021

Athletes pull on their running gear as CGA Cross Country season resumes under alert level 3

Central Gauteng Athletics hosted the 4th Cross Country league in partnership with Tsogo Sun Hotels and National Lotteries Commission on Saturday, 31 July 2021 at Simunye Gymnasium in Westonaria.

The 4th Cross Country league was initially scheduled to be held on 3rd July 2021, however, it was postponed due to the announcement by the state President Cyril Ramaphosa following moving the country to adjusted alert level 4 lockdown from 27 June 2021 to 25 July 2021.

The first event of the day opened with Boys under 8 in the 1km race which saw Matthew Strydom of BackTrack Athletics Club taking command of the race to successfully defend his title by clocking 5:25. In his post-event interview, he thanked his fellow competitors for giving him a fighting spirit to push forward.

BackTrack dominated the younger age groups and continued to outshine with Natalie Strydom claiming victory in the 2km Girls under 13 with the time of 7:56

One of the main events of the day has to be the Senior Men 4km which coincided with the Olympic Games 100m semi-finals that saw South African sprinter Akani Simbine (10.08) qualifying for the finals of the men’s 100m. Marko Bucarizza started the race as one of the favourites to win the race and as usual, he did not disappoint, claiming his victory in the time of 12:17. During the post-event interview, Bucarizza highlighted that he was excited to compete again after few weeks of training without any competitions due to the lockdown regulations. He also sent his good wishes to the athletes at the Olympics and confirmed that everyone was in an Olympic spirit in support of our team.

Another stunning performance in the senior women 4km was from Cian Oldknow who showcased her fine form clocking 14:38. Oldknow added this win to her league 2nd and 3rd victories this season.

The senior 10km race was the last event of the day and a very competitive technical race. In the last 4km, the competition was between Andries Sesedi and Kabelo Melamu battling it out for the victory. Sesedi claimed his second victory of the season in the time of 31:35, his other victory was in the 3rd league 4km event. Melamu continued to maintain his spot in the top two by clocking 31:36.

The next league event will be held at Alberton Dam, hosted by Alberton Athletics Club on 14 August 2021.

Looking forward to seeing you all there.

Kindly visit the below link for photos and category results:
https://cgacrosscountry.wixsite.com/home

Kind regards,

Central Gauteng Athletics Cross Country
Office Phone: 011 873 2726
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CGA Cross Country season resumes under Alert Level 3

Central Gauteng Athletics will be resuming the 2021 Cross Country Season following the announcement to move the country to adjusted alert level 3 by President Ramaphosa on Sunday 25 July 2021 and subsiding the infection rate in the province. Central Gauteng Athletics Cross Country commission has updated the 2021 fixtures with the next league scheduled on 31 July 2021 at Simunye Gymnasium in Westonaria.

Entries for coaches and athletes’ registration for league 4 will open today, 26 July 2021 at 14h00 and close on Thursday, 29 July 2021 midnight or as the participants limit has been reached. To adhere to restrictions, only athletes who have run either 1 or 2 Leagues will be allowed to enter and participate. If an athlete has run no league or run 3 leagues they will not be allowed to enter or participate, their entry will be removed. This is to control numbers as per the Covid19 adjusted level 3 regulations and to allow athletes to run the minimum required number of leagues as per selection criteria. If you had previously entered for league 4 before the postponement you will be required to re-enter.

The entry fee for athletes is R15, and no temporary licenses will be sold for the cross country season. Entries will be available on the entry and results from this link: https://cgacrosscountry.wixsite.com/home

As from the Boksburg league, the commission resolved that for CGA to ensure Covid19 compliance, collecting stickers be given to clubs. This resolution will be applicable for the next league. Clubs can collect their club stickers between 09h00 and 10h30 on the day of the event for all the club athletes. Only appointed club coordinators who have submitted names via maureens@centralgautengathletics.co.za will be given stickers.

In complying with COVID-19 regulations, coaches will have to register. Only affiliated coaches will be allowed access to the venue.

We request full compliance from athletes and coaches so that our sport is not affected or closed due to non-compliance or labelled as the supper spread of the pandemic.

Cross Country will be following strict safety protocols as per ASA and Government Covid-19 regulations. Please see the below General Information and regulations to be adhered to at the venue:

  • NO MASK. NO ENTRY
  • SANITIZE YOUR HANDS AT ALL TIMES
  • KEEP SOCIAL DISTANCE OF 2M AT ALL TIMES
  • ALL ATHLETES MUST HAVE TWO VALID 2021 ASA LICENSE NUMBERS- NO TEMPORARY LICENSES WILL BE ON SALE
  • NO SPECTATORS AT THE EVENT
  • COVID-19 HEALTH QUESTIONNAIRE TO BE COMPLETED BY ATHLETES, TECHNICAL OFFICIALS, AND REGISTERED COACHES BEFORE ENTERING THE STADIUM (SEE THE ATTACHED FORM BELOW)
  • ONLY PRE-ENTRIES, NO ENTRIES ON THE DAY OF THE EVENT
  • ONLY PRE-REGISTERED AND AFFILIATED ASA/CGA COACHES WILL BE ALLOWED TO ENTER THE VENUE
  • ATHLETES TO COLLECT THEIR ENTRY STICKERS FROM THE CLUB COORDINATOR
  • ATHLETES TO REPORT 30 MINUTES BEFORE THEIR EVENT TO THE CALL ROOM
  • NO FOOD/ TUCKSHOP WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE VENUE. ATHLETES ARE REQUIRED TO PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN REFRESHMENTS
  • ATHLETES CAN ONLY REMOVE THEIR MASK WHEN COMPETING AND PUT BACK AS SOON AS HE/SHE IS FINISHED WITH THE RACE

Herewith, please find the attached 2021 CGA Cross Country revised league fixtures and programme, Guide on how to enter and COVID-19 Health Questionnaire that athletes are expected to complete before entering the event venue.

We would appreciate it if you can share this information with your respective athletes and coaches.

Should you need any further information, do not hesitate to contact our office.

Looking forward to seeing you all on 31 July 2021.

Kind regards,

CGA Cross Country Commission
Office Phone: 011 873 2726
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