CROSS COUNTRY NEWS
Central Gauteng Athletics continues to produce champs at 2021 Cross Country Provincial Championships held over this past Saturday, 09 January 2021 at Kagiso Sports Complex.
This was the first event of its kind in the new normal of COVID-19 pandemic which catered for Juniors and Seniors categories (incorporating U/17 age group) that are World Championships qualifying age categories. The aim of the CGA Cross Country Championships was to give a competition opportunity to our athletes and to prepare athletes that have qualified for the ASA Cross Country Trials which are due to take place on the 23 January 2021 in Potchefstroom.
The event had to follow strict safety protocols of COVID-19 in ensuring the safety of our athletes and officials. With the approvals received from authorities, we had to ensure that protocols are followed throughout the event which included pre-entries, social distancing and wearing of a mask.
We commenced our programmes of the day with the moment of silence in memory of late CGA Technical Official and deputy chairperson of the CGA Technical Officials Committee, Bruce Mpela who passed away on the 8th January 2021.
Junior women’s event opened the program of the day that saw top two ladies, Gene Coetzee and Sarah Copeland dominating the race in the distance of 6km, Gene Coetzee earned gold in the time of 23:22 and Sarah Copeland secured a second position in 23:49.
The junior men’s event was dominated by Simphiwe Thombela of Waterfall Athletics Club who is in fine form, he took command of the race with an exciting performance over a distance of 8km. Reatlegile Mosweu reached the podium in second place in the 26:57 with 12 seconds behind Thombela to secured first position clocking the time of 26:45.
Another stunning performance was senior women 10km event which saw Cacisile Sosibo running neck to neck with the Phalula twins. Lebo Phalula proved to be a better runner on the day when she accelerated over the 4th laps to claim the first prize in a time of 37:28; “l am so happy with my performance, it’s a sign for 2021 season. I’m looking forward to a great performance at my trials in Potchefstroom”, said Lebo Phalula during the post-event interview. Lebogang secured a bronze medal in the time of 38:15 after a technical race by Sosibo’s strategy to split the twins for the second position in a time of 37:37.
The Championships were concluded with full of excitement following the men’s 10km event, which saw Kabelo Melamo eager to triumph over 22 runners from the start of the race. This lasted until the last lap when Precious Mashele closed the gap to earn gold in a time of 31:13. Melamo settled for a silver medal with an impressive performance of 31:26. In the post-interview with Mashele, he said he was training very hard during the holiday season to maintain his victory as Provincial Cross Country champion. A third place was claimed by Simon Sibeko of Quite Cool Athletics Club who crossed the finish line in a time of 31:37.
CGA Cross Country Chairperson Steven Khanyile highlighted during the post-interview that today’s event was very important to athletes following the withdrawal of 2020 Cross Country season. “The main aim of this event is to ensure that we create a platform in terms of giving athletes an opportunity to compete. Under the COVID-19 lockdown, it is challenging to organise such races, but we are very grateful that as Cross Country Commission to have successfully organised it”.
Compliments and wishing you all the best for 2021 under the current COVID-19 circumstances.
We are glad to announce that the Cross Country Championships which are due to take place this coming weekend, 9 January 2021 at Kagiso Sports Complex has received an approval from the authorities. However, it will be hosted under strict COVID-19 restrictions and protocols, we urge for the support of everyone so that we can use this event as a benchmark for safe returning to cross country competitions.
CGA Cross Country commission has also resolved that in order to limit the number of entries these championships must be closed to only CGA athletes and athletes that have participated in the 2019 Cross Country season, especially in the senior men category. This decision is in line with the aim of these championships to assist athletes to prepare and possibly qualify for the National Cross Country Trials which is scheduled on the 23 January 2021 in Potchefstroom.
CGA Provincial Championship will be only for juniors and seniors event categories (incorporating U/17 age group) as they are the World Champs Qualifying age groups.
Provisional Event Program:
10:00 Junior Women – 6km
10:30 Junior Men – 8km
11: 00 Senior Women – 10km
11:50 Senior Men – 10km
As part of compiling to COVID-19 regulations, only affiliated and registered coaches and athletes on the attached list will be allowed access to the venue. No spectators will be allowed at the venue. The entry fee for athletes is R20. Athletes are requested to only report to registration at least 1 hour before their event. Athletes are reminded to bring their 2020 Permanent licenses as there will be no temporary licenses sold on the day.
Athletes are requested to bring their own water bottles to the event as part of reducing the transmission of COVID-19 pandemic.
As part of motivating our elite runners’ provincial medals to the top 3 (Gold, Silver, and Bronze) and prize money to the top 5 finishers. This will be done in accordance with COVID-19 protocols without having prize giving on the day. The prize money breakdown will be as follows:
Senior Men and Women:
1st Position: R1,000
2nd Position: R500
3rd Position: R400
4th Position: R300
5th Position: R200
Junior Men and Women:
1st Position: R500
2nd Position: R400
3rd Position: R300
4th Position: R200
5th Position: R100
The event will be following strict safety protocols as per ASA and Government COVID-19 pandemic. Please see the below General Information and regulations to be adhered to at the event 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 2020/2021 ASA LICENSE NUMBER – 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)
- ONLY PRE-ENTRIES. NO ENTRIES ON THE DAY OF EVENT
- ONLY PRE-REGISTERED AND AFFILIATED ASA/CGA COACHES WILL BE ALLOWED TO ENTER THE VENUE
- NO FOOD/TUCKSHOP WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE VENUE. PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN REFRESHMENTS
- ATHLETES CAN ONLY REMOVE THE MASK WHEN RUNNING AND TO BE PUT BACK AS SOON AS HE/SHE IS FINISHED THE RACE
Herewith, please find the attached Final Entry List below.
We would appreciate if you can share this information with your respective athletes and coaches.
Looking forward to seeing you on the 9 January 2021 at Kagiso Sports Complex in Kagiso.
CGA Provincial Champs for Seniors and Juniors (incorporating U/17 age group) to take place on 9 January 2021 at Kagiso Sports Complex, starting at 10h00 until 12h30.
Entry Fee: R20 per athlete
Only pre-entries to enter so as to be able to comply with COVID-19 regulations. Compliance officer to be in charge of COVID-19 rules compliance.
- 10:00 Junior Women – 6km
- 10:30 Junior Men – 8km
- 11:00 Senior Women – 10km
- 11:50 Senior Men – 10km
Athletes to please bring their own water bottles.
The main aim is to compensate for not having Provincial Champs, especially in the World Champs qualifying age groups. This will also help prepare our athletes to prepare for the ASA Trials on 23 January 2021.
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.