ROAD RUNNING NEWS

Nomination Form for Spar Women’s Grand Prix, Jo’burg

Organisers of the annual SPAR Women’s Challenge 10km road race would like to inform clubs about the status of this event in 2021. Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic and the restrictions placed on mass participation events, it is not possible to stage our traditional mass participation SPAR Women’s Challenge race this year. We are delighted to inform runners that we will still be staging a SPAR GRAND PRIX race in Johannesburg on Sunday, 3 October 2021. This will again be part of the 6 race SPAR Grand Prix series.

The SPAR Women’s Grand Prix 10km Series, is well underway with the Pietermaritzburg and Cape Town events already taken place. We writing to you to invite runners from your club to participate in the Johannesburg leg of the SPAR Women’s Grand Prix 10km Series on 3 October 2021 at Marks Park, Johannesburg, starting at 07:00.

  • Under the COVID-19 restrictions, we are obviously limited to a very small number of runners participating and it is therefore only the Grand Prix of the SPAR Women’s Challenge which is taking place in the various cities and not the mass events as previously
  • You are welcome to nominate your top Women runners by completing the attached spreadsheet which you feel would be interested in receiving an invitation to participate on 3 October in the SPAR Women’s Grand Prix 10km Series
  • As a guideline, to determine which Women runners you should consider and approach for their interest, and nominate them, please consider the following time limits for the various age groups:

Open Category:

  • The runner should be able to finish the 10km race in 60 minutes

Junior Category:

  • The runner should be able to finish the 10km race in 50 minutes
  • 40 – 49: runner should be able to finish the 10km race in 50 minutes
  • 50 – 59: runner should be able to finish the 10km race in 60 minutes
  • 60 – 69: runner should be able to finish the 10km race in 70 minutes
  • 70+: runner should be able to finish the 10km race in 70 minutes

You are not restricted with the number of runners to be nominated, providing that they can finish the 10km race in the abovementioned times and that they have indicated keen interest to participate. For us to consider your nominations and then select runners to be invited we need you to complete the applicable information on the attached spreadsheet which detail we will use for the invitation process and forward to the runner an entry form. You as Club Management are welcome to handle the entries for your selected runners yourself, please advise if you so decide. Very important we need you to submit the attached list of nominations on or before Friday 17 September 2021. Please email to data@sportsvendo.co.za

Please note the attached spreadsheet provides 20 names. This does not imply that all 20 will be invited! The invitation process takes place over a broad spectrum of runners based on various criteria of which fastest times are only one criterion. SPAR Women’s Grand Prix and the Event Co-coordinators reserves all the rights for the invitation and selection process, and no correspondence will be entered into regarding the invitation and selection process.

Kind regards,

Central Gauteng Athletics
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CGA and Zithulele Sinqe Foundation host the 2nd Zet Sinqe Series Run

Contest between Sibusiso & Johannes - CGA 2nd Zet Sinqe Series Run

Johannes Morepe of Vorentoe Academy accelerating from his rival Sibusiso Msibi of Tembisa Athletics Club

Photo Credit: Central Gauteng Athletics

Central Gauteng Athletics joined hands with the Zithulele Sinqe Foundation to host the 2nd leg of the Zet Sinqe Series Run on Saturday, 21 August 2021 at Germiston Lake. This leg of the series comes after hosting a very successful 1st leg at Westonaria Sports Complex on 26 June 2021.

The objective behind the Zet Sinqe Series is to continue the passion for the development of the late Zithulele Sinqe, who was a dedicated development coach with an IAAF Level 2 Coaching qualification. Part of the Zet Sinqe Series is to use the series to unearth athletic talent and assist in creating educational and training opportunities for talented athletes.

The day commenced with the 5km race, which saw Neo Hlalukane of UJ Athletics club took command of the race from the start to claim victory in the time of 15:41. Hlalukane’s training coach, Thulani Sibeko indicated that he was delighted with Hlalukane’s performance though they have to improve the time at the last series which will be held on 16 October 2021 at FNB Stadium.

The day’s long-awaited event has to be the 1.6km Mile event that caters for U13, U15, U17 and U19 age categories.

Tyran Brooks of Boxer Athletics Club showcased a good run out in the U13 boys’ category to finish first in 05:26, he wiped off 25 seconds set by Siyanda Dladla in the first series run. In the girls’ event U13, Karabo Makgatha of Murray and Roberts athletics club delivered a great performance to cross the line in 05:56.

During the event interview, CGA General Manager, Mandla Radebe said that CGA is pleased with the results and the turnout on the mile event, which is in keeping with the late Zithulele Sinqe vision of grooming talented youngsters. “We are working very closely with athletics schools to ensure that these youngsters find suitable facilities to cultivate their talent”, said Radebe.

Some of the exceptional performances on the day were the U17 boys’ category, which saw Johannes Morepe maintain his successive victory in 04:29. A grade 10 learner from the Vorentoe academy team said he really enjoyed the race though he couldn’t manage to better his previous time, though he is delighted to grab a gold medal.

Zethulele Sinqe Foundation co-founder and daughter of the late Zithulele Sinqe, Zintle Mokoka highlighted that she draws inspiration from his father vision as she used to travel with him to train young athletes in various parts of the country. She further said that her ultimate vision of the Zet Sinqe Series is to see it grow to become a national event.

View results attached below.

Johannes & Sibusiso - CGA 2nd Zet Sinqe Series Run

Kind regards,

CGA Road Running Commission
Central Gauteng Athletics
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CGA Road Running 30km Time Trials – 5 September 2021

Dear Club Secretary

Central Gauteng Athletics will be hosting the 30km Time Trials on 5 September 2021 at FNB Stadium, Nasrec. The purpose of the time trials is to select the CGA Marathon Team as there have been no official Marathon races in the last year. It is important to have these time trials to also check the fitness levels of our athletics.

There will only be a 30km distance targeting both men and women in the senior, veteran, and masters age categories. In order to comply with COVID-19 protocols and regulations, only pre-entries will be accepted. Registration will close on the 1st of September 2021 or as we reach the COVID-19 regulations capacity.

Entrant must be able to run 2h00 for males and 2h30 for females in order for the entry to be accepted. The Road Commission will reserve the right to refuse an entry if the athlete runs slower times than indicated. At least the top 4 athletes in the senior age category, top 3 in the veteran age category, and 1st position in the master categories with good times will be considered for the marathon team selection.

Athletes can register on the following link:

CGA 30km Time Trials Qualifying Standards:

Age Category Men Women
Senior 1h40 2h00
Veteran 1h50 2h10
Master 2h00 2h20

Race Starting time is: 30km Men and Women – 07h00

Entries will be free, no prize money, no medals. Only 2021 Permanent licensed athletes will be allowed to run in club colours. No temporary licenses are allowed on the day. Athletes are also requested to provide their own refreshments or water on the day.

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

Kind regards,

CGA Road Running Commission
Office Phone: 011 873 2726
Twitter: Central Gauteng Athletics
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CGA Road Running Open Meeting and 2022 Provisional Fixtures

CGA Road Running Open Meeting and 2022 Provisional Fixtures

Dear Club Chairperson/Secretary

Trust that you are keeping safe.

Since the COVID-19 outbreak early last year, we have had very few normal/traditional road races with clubs adopting the hybrid race format in 2021. We continue to be optimistic that in 2022 with the expectation that herd immunity will be achieved by the government we will be able to return to hosting normal physical races. CGA Road Running Commission is, therefore, positively planning to launch the 2022 Road Running calendar. Clubs are requested to ensure that their application is submitted together with corrections if there are any on the attached draft 2022 Fixtures not later than 27 August 2021.

CGA Road Running Commission would like to invite all clubs to an Open and Road Running Fixtures meeting which will be held as follows:

  • Date: Saturday, 11 September 2021
  • Time: 10h00
  • Venue: Sports House, Johannesburg Stadium

Herewith, please find the attached CGA 2022 Provisional Road Running calendar and 2022 Race Application form.

Kind regards,

CGA Road Running Commission
Office Phone: 011 873 2726
Twitter: Central Gauteng Athletics
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2021 CGA Road Running Calendar Update

Central Gauteng Athletics Road Running commission is very grateful that some clubs have creatively hosted road races in the past few months, be it virtually or in a hybrid physically race route format. Let’s support these virtual races to keep the road running under the pandemic’s current environment.

In the recent vaccination programme update by the government, we have noted that possible herd immunity of South Africa is targeted before the end of 2021, we are hopeful that this will assist us in going back to physical road races with a reasonable number of participants for the 2022 fixtures. We will be sharing the 2022 draft fixtures shortly.

Some runs are not organised under the auspices of clubs and not sanctioned by CGA, ASA, and/or the Government. We need to ensure that all our athletics events are run under an athletics structure so that we can ensure COVID-19 compliance, but most importantly, accountability for the sport of athletics.

Illegal runs also have negative implications for runners, including invalidating the athlete’s insurance cover. We, therefore, request that clubs inform and educate their athletes about the risks of participating in such runs.

Herewith, please find the attached updated 2021 Physical and Virtual Road Race Calendar and flyers for your information.

Should you need any further information, do not hesitate to contact our office or the hosting club.

Kind regards,

CGA Road Running Commission
Office Phone: 011 873 2726
Twitter: Central Gauteng Athletics
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2021 CGA Road Running Calendar

Dear Club,

It is an open secret that COVID-19 has had a great impact on the Road Running calendar since the outbreak of the pandemic. We are grateful that some of the clubs have taken the initiative of creatively hosting road races be it virtual or physically in the past few months. We are monitoring the pandemic and also encouraging clubs to continue to host road events within the prescribed protocols and regulations.

There are a number of clubs that have communicated their interest in hosting physical races later in the year which we are working with them to put in a good plan to mitigate the risks of COVID-19 exposure within road races.

We have picked up that there is a number of runs that are not organised under the auspices of clubs and not sanctioned by CGA, ASA and/or the Government. We need to ensure that all our athletics events are run under an athletics structure so that we can ensure COVID-19 compliance but most importantly accountability for the sport of athletics.

Illegal runs also have negative implications to runners which includes invalidating the athlete’s insurance cover amongst other things. We, therefore, request that clubs inform and educate their athletes about the risks of participating in such runs.

Herewith, please find the attached 2021 Physical and Virtual Road Race Calendar.

Central Gauteng Athletics:
Office Phone: 011 873 2726
Twitter: Central Gauteng Athletics
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YouTube: Central Gauteng Athletics

Mokgobu and Phalula Conquers the CGA 2021 Half Marathon Championships

Central Gauteng Athletics hosted the CGA 2021 Half Marathon and 10km Provincial Championships on Sunday, 11 April 2021 at Germiston Stadium. The two race distance 21km and 10km ran at different times following COVID-19 protocols and regulations to ensure all athletes and officials are safe on the day.

Kicking off the day with some thrilling performances from Gladwin Mzazi, Desmond Mokgobu, and Precious Mashele in the long-distance of 21km Senior Men which was combined with the veteran race. The race was stunningly fast from the gun start, which saw Mzazi taking the lead in 1 kilometre followed by Mokgobu who ran toe to toe with Mashele for the whole race. In the last 7km, Mokgobu took the lead to pass Mzazi along with Mashele, however, Mashele fought to finish the race in a photo-finish style with Mokgobo crossing the finish line in 01:04:38 to claim the gold medal. Mashele secured the second position in 01:04:39 while Mzazi claimed the silver medal in the time of 01:05:35.

“Today’s race was meant to help me to prepare to qualify for Tokyo Olympics Marathon”, said Mokgobu.

A South African long-distance runner, Lebo Phalula who competed in the Women’s Marathon event at the 2016 Olympics Games was confident to triumph over CGA Half Marathon after winning the 5,000m Women’s race at the CGA Track and Field Championships held in Boksburg last month. Lebo dominated the CGA 21km women’s race to earn the gold medal in a time of 01:16:32. In a post-race interview, she indicated that she really enjoyed the race as she is also preparing for the National Championships where she will be running the 5,000m event on the 15 to 17 April 2021 in Pretoria.

The highlight of the 10km race was the senior men event which saw Kabelo Seboko sprinted away onto the final bend finishing straight to win the race in the time of 30:35:00. Kabelo Melamo settled for the silver medal and missing the provincial title by 19 seconds clocking 30:54:00.

In the 10km Senior Women race, Cacisile Sosibo concluded the championships with some additional buzz of excitement when she paced up the race tempo to claim the first prize in the time of 36:57:00. Nicole van der Merwe attempted to close a gap in the last 2km to finish second with the brilliant time of 37:10:00.

“We are so pleased to put this event together since we have not given athletes an opportunity to compete and qualify for the National Championships in the distance of 10km and Half Marathon. It is important to encourage clubs that it is possible to host road races for our runners during this era of COVID-19,” said CGA Road Running chairperson Colleen McNally.

The respective provincial 10km and Half Marathon teams will be announced in due time, and a special thanks to the media, coaches, and all athletes that took part in this well-organized race.

Mokgobu and Phalula Conquers the CGA 2021 Half Marathon Championships

Kind regards,

Central Gauteng Athletics Road Running Commission:
Office Phone: 011 873 2726
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CGA set to host 2021 Half Marathon and 10km Championships

Central Gauteng Athletics will be hosting the Half Marathon and 10km Provincial Championships on 11 April 2021 at Germiston Stadium. The Championships are aimed at giving an opportunity to our elite athletes to compete and also to prepare for the National Championships, with the SA Half Marathon scheduled for the 1 May 2021 and the SA 10km Championships in July 2021. The Provincial Championships will be used to select the respective provincial teams.

The two race distances will run at different times following COVID-19 protocols and regulations to ensure that all athletes and officials are safe.

Starting times are as follows:
21km Women – 06h45
21km Men – 06h30
10km Women – 08h15
10km Men – 08h00

Entries for 21km is R120 and R80 for the 10km. Athletes are reminded to bring their 2020 permanent licenses as there will be no temporary licenses allowed on the day. Entries can be done through the following link CGA Provincial Half Marathon & 10km Championships 2021, or at CGA Offices in Germiston Stadium. Entries will close on Tuesday 6th April 2021 or when the capacity of 500 athletes has been reached.

Qualifying Times:

CGA Provincial Qualifying Times – 21KM
Junior Senior 40+ 50+
Men N/A 01h15 01h25 01h18
Women N/A 01h45 01h55 02h00
CGA Provincial Qualifying Times – 10KM
Junior Senior 40+ 50+
Men 38 mins. 35 mins. 60 mins. 60 mins.
Women 48 mins. 45 mins. 60 mins. 60 mins.

As part of motivating our elite runners’, Provincial medals and prize money will be awarded to the top 3 finishers (Gold, Silver, and Bronze). Only CGA-registered athletes will qualify for medal and prize money.

CGA Provincial Prize Money – 21KM

Equal Prize Money for Men & Women
Junior Senior 40+ 50+
1st N/A 3,000 1,000 1,000
2nd N/A 1,500 750 750
3rd N/A 500 300 300

CGA Provincial Prize Money – 10KM

Equal Prize Money for Men & Women
Junior Senior 40+ 50+
1st 1,000 2,000 1,000 1,000
2nd 750 1,000 750 750
3rd 250 500 250 250

 

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

 

Kind regards,

Central Gauteng Athletics Road Running Commission:
Office Phone: 011 873 2726
Twitter: Central Gauteng Athletics
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2020 CGA Open Meetings and Capacity Programme Calendar

2020 CGA Open Meetings and Capacity programmes calendar, we are planning to strengthen and implement this calendar for 2020. The purpose of the calendar is to ensure that there is communication and engagement between members and the respective commissions and committees and most importantly our members are capacitated to deliver excellence.

A reminder of February and March 2020 Capacity and Open Meeting Programmes:

1. CGA Road Running Fixture and Open Meeting

  • Date: Saturday, 22 February 2020
  • Time: 09h00
  • Venue: Sports House, Johannesburg Stadium

Please also find the attached 2021 Road Race Application forms. Clubs that are planning to host a road race in 2021 are reminded to submit their road race applications before the 21 February 2020.

2. CGA Team Management Workshop

  • Date: Saturday, 29 February 2020
  • Time: 10h00
  • Venue: Sports House, Johannesburg Stadium

The purpose of the workshop is to equip CGA officials on the roles and responsibilities of being a team manager for the province so that teams are professionally and effectively managed. The workshop is solely opened to Commission Members, affiliated CGA Technical Officials and CGA Affiliated Coaches. The workshop is compulsory as only managers who attended the workshop will be eligible to be selected as 2020 Team Managers for provincial teams.

3. CGA Annual General Meeting (AGM)

  • Date: Saturday, 7 March 2020
  • Time: 09h00
  • Venue: Germiston Recreation Hall, Germiston Stadium

Please submit notices of motions to be dealt with at the Annual General Meeting together with the names of delegates who will be attending the meeting on behalf of your club before 14th of February 2020.

Herewith please find the attached updated 2020 Open Meetings and Capacity Building Programmes Calendar and 2021 Road Race Request Application.

We would appreciate 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.

Kind regards,

Central Gauteng Athletics:
Office Phone: 011 873 2726
Email: media@centralgautengathletics.co.za
Twitter: @CG_Athletics
Facebook: Central Gauteng Athletics