CROSS COUNTRY NEWS
Start of 10km Senior Men and Women race.
Photo Credit: SMACPIX
Central Gauteng Athletics Cross Country 2nd league powered by Tsogo Sun Hotels and National Lotteries Commission was hosted in windy conditions with the immense number of athletes coming through to build up their performances this past Saturday, 05 June 2021 at Boksburg Stadium.
After all, participants adhered to the strict COVID-19 safety protocols, the first competition commenced with boys and girls under 8 events, which saw the youngsters Matthew Strydom display exciting performance in a 1km distance. Strydom proved his talent by beating his competitors in a time of 04:15, while Mahlase Moroga in the under 8 girls finishes 6 seconds ahead of Strydom clocking 04:09 in the girl’s event.
In the 3km boys and girls under 12 events, Tyran Brooks and Anaamika Maharaj accelerated away in the final kilometre of the race despite a destructive windy to finish comfortably in the time of 10:17 and 13:54 respectively. With another exciting performance from frontrunners Elvis Mokhonoana, Gladwin Mzazi and Marko Bucarizza met on the day to tackle the tough hills of Boksburg course in a 4km senior men race. After the leading group settled into a rhythm in the first lap, Mokhonoana started to wind up, beating Mzazi by a mere 6 seconds clocking 11:46. Buccariza finished in the bronze position in the time of 11:56.
Kabelo Seboko triumphed over a distance of 10km senior men to maintain a successive victory in 30:30 bettering his previous time of 33:19. A warhorse performance by Ntshindiso Mphakathi who claim the second position in the time of 30:46. Mphakathi finished 3rd at the Nedbank 50km Road Race at 2:42:56 in Gqeberha two weeks ago. Seboko’s victory boosted his confidence leading to the remaining 3 leagues of the season. “I really enjoyed the race though it was tough and full of hills I took the race as a build-up towards provincial championships,” said Seboko at the post-event interview.
NB: CGA Cross Country commission met after the last league at Boksburg and resolved that for CGA to ensure COVID-19 compliance, the responsibility of collecting stickers must be given to clubs. Clubs are requested to appoint a cross country coordinator responsible for collecting club stickers between 10h00 and 11h00 on the day of the event for all the club athletes. Stickers will be prepared per club with the coordinator collecting and signing for all the stickers. This will enable the CGA team to concentrate on ensuring COVID-19 compliance are adhered to at all times. We, therefore, plead for the support of all clubs for the success of CGA’s Cross Country season. The name of the Cross Country club coordinator, together with their contact number must be sent to email@example.com.
You can watch the league at: CGA CROSS COUNTRY – LEAGUE 2 LIVE STREAM (5 JUNE 2021) | www.BackTrack.co.za
Please also visit the link for photos and category results: CGA Cross Country
The above link will also be used to enter the next league on 19 June 2021 at Chris Hani Sports Complex in Orange Farm. Entries will open on 9 June 2021 and close on 15 June 2021.
Should you need any further information, do not hesitate to contact our office.
Looking forward to seeing you on 19 June 2021 at Chris Hani Sports Complex in Orange Farm.
Central Gauteng Athletics proudly hosted the first league of 2021 Cross Country Season powered by the Tsogo Sun Hotels and National Lotteries Commission this past Saturday, on 22 May 2021 at Donsonville Communal Hall in Soweto.
The day commenced with the 1km boys and girls U8 Category, where we witnessed greater performances from the young stars who displayed an exciting show and thirsty to run after experiencing a setback of approximately 2 years due to COVID-19 regulations.
Elihle Nyezi of United Stars AC was confident with her form when she sped away from the boys in the back straight of the final loop to claim the first victory in the 2021 season by clocking 04:46. United Stars AC dominated in the boy’s U10 category seeing Sihle Nyezi finishing straight to win a contest 2km race in a brilliant time of 08:44
The first of five Cross Country leagues was also aimed at giving the Veterans, Masters and Grandmasters athletes to compete and prepare for a smooth season under the COVID-19 regulations after not participating in any running activities outbreak of the pandemic.
One of our prodigious events was the 4km Senior Men which saw Phemelo Ntoe of UJ Athletics Club leading fellow runners from the gun without facing any serious opposition to register a victory in a time of 13:25. “Well, l must say I am inspired with my performance before the event l told myself that l will focus on running my own race and reach my own personal optimum level of performance rather than putting too much pressure on myself”, said Ntoe during the post event interview.
A long-awaited senior men 10km event was stunningly fast from the start which saw the two greatest middle distance runners Kabelo Melamu and Kabelo Seboko unfold a race into a two-man contest. With one loop to go, Seboko kicked away from his intense rival to score his first league victory over Melamo in the time of 33:12 and 33:19 respectively. At the post-event interview, Kabelo Seboko said that the race was merely to push each other although he knew that he will charge in the last loop.
CGA Cross Country Chairperson Steven Khanyile in a post-event interview highlighted that the commission commits to giving athletes an opportunity to compete throughout the 2021 Cross Country season which is shorter than the normal season. The season will consist of 5 leagues. The athletes have to run a minimum of 3 leagues plus the provincial championships to be selected to partake in the National Championships. He explained that the main reason for reducing the leagues was guided by the venues available for us to comply with COVID-19 regulations and protocols. It is important for CGA to have control of what is happening so that we’re not labelled super-spreaders of COVID-19.
Herewith, please find the attached updated Complete Results for the 1st league.
You can also watch the league right here:
Please also visit this link for photos and category results:
The above link will also be used to enter the next league on 5 June 2021 at Boksburg Stadium. Entries will open on 26 May 2021 and close on 1 June 2021.
Should you need any further information do not hesitate to contact our office.
Looking forward to seeing you on 5 June 2021 at Boksburg Stadium.
Dear Club Secretary
Central Gauteng Athletics will be commencing the Cross Country season on 22 May 2021 at Dobsonville Communal Hall in Soweto. In preparation for a smooth season especially under the COVID-19 regulations, the commission is inviting all clubs to an open meeting which will be held as follows:
- CGA Cross Country Open Meeting:
- Date: Saturday, 15 May 2021
- Time: 10h00
- Venue: CGA Board Room, Germiston Stadium
The purpose of the Cross Country Open Meeting is to discuss matters regarding the upcoming Cross Country season, health and safety protocols of COVID-19 regulations, and the entry process for league events.
Herewith, please find the attached updated 2021 CGA Cross Country fixtures, league program, and COVID-19 Health Questionnaire that athletes are expected to complete before entering the event venue.
The entry link will be published on Wednesday, 12 May 2021 to clubs and all CGA social media platforms.
We would appreciate it if you can ensure that the relevant club representative receives this information.
Should you need any further information, do not hesitate to contact our office.
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.