Cross Country News

A wet weekend of Cross Country in Orange Farm

Not even cold and wet weather conditions can stop athletes from coming out in numbers to participate in the 3rdCGA Cross Country league which was held this past Saturday, 14 May 2016 at the Nike Sports Complex in Orange Farm. With a turnout of just over 800 athletes there to participate, it was a good day for the event.

Andronica MokgotlaGreat performance by Andronica Mokgotla of Nedbank RC as she took first position again this week clocking 14:44 in 4km event after last week’s wins in Tembisa. At this momentum she might give her opponents in this event a run for their money all the way to the 2016 Provincial Championships later in the year.  In an interview, she confirmed that she is looking forward to going down to the National championships which will be held in George and whatever comes after that will be a bonus and a blessing.

On the other hand, Jerome Andreas of UJ athletics club won 4km senior men clocking 11:12. This being his first league he says he is aiming to make provincial team to the national championships. Regardless of the weather condition he believes he did well and of course there is always room for improvement.

The passion displayed by athletes is amazing and gives great confidence to CGA that we will be sending a team of quality runners to the national championships in September. Not even extremely wet and slippery weather conditions could stop our runners from reaching the finish line.

CGA cross country league 4 will be held 11 June 2016 in Daveyton, Ekurhuleni hosted by Daveyton Hearts Athletics Club.

Jerome Andreas

Xolisa Tyali gunning for the 2017 World Cross Country championships

This past Saturday, 07 May 2016 Central Gauteng Athletics hosted its 2nd Cross Country league at Ebuhleni Park in Tembisa. A great turnout and wonderful atmosphere in the new venue which allowed the community support and spectatorship.

In the senior men 10km event, Xolisa Tyali of Nedbank Running Club won the event clocking 29:30, in an interview he confirmed that this year he wants to work harder in cross country as he is gunning to go to the World Cross Country Championships in 2017. He further elaborated that he plans to become the national champ at this year’s SA Cross Country Championships which will score him a spot in the national team that will be going to Kampala, Uganda next year for the World Championships.

The competition is now set and is anticipated to heat up with the upcoming leagues. Only one question is asked, will Xolisa Tyali be this year’s provincial champ or will Mbongeni Ngxazozo defend his title in the 10km event? It will take true determination and focus for Xolisa to achieve his goal.

The 3rd CGA Cross Country league will be held on Saturday, 14 May 2016 at Chris Hani Sports Complex in Orange Farm.

Count down to 2016 CGA Cross Country Season

Central Gauteng Athletics gets ready for its 2016 Cross Country season powered by MTN Foundation, which is due to commence this coming Saturday,30 April 2016; first league taking place at the Kagiso Sports Complex, West Rand.

The season is a compilation of 8 leagues that take place in different regions falling under CGA demarcation namely, Ekurhuleni, Johannesburg and the West Rand. The leagues cater for a large range of age groups, which includes kids as young as 8 years to the oldest athlete being over 75 years. Over the years CGA has performed exceptionally well in Cross Country and normally sends out a reasonable big team to represent the province in the SA Championships which will be held 10 September 2016 in George later this year.

Athletes are required to participate in at least 4 leagues plus the CGA Championships which will take place in Boksburg Stadium, 13 August 2016 in order for them to make the team. CGA looks forward to a progressive and action filled season.

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