Cross Country News

The future of Athletics displayed at the last CGA Cross Country league

Central Gauteng Athletics prides itself when it comes to the development of young athletes and has produced many top athletes through its development programmes in the different disciplines found under the CGA umbrella. Having hosted CGA’s fourth cross country league this past Saturday, 11 June 16 at Sinaba stadium, Daveyton. We observed great talent from young men and women who have great passion for running and aspire to be SA’s top athletes in the future.

Amongst the few young athletes we had a chat with in commemorating youth month; Casey Bosman (15), Yandiswa Shange (16) and Robyn Kalten Bunn (18) shared same sentiments on the importance of running in their lives. It gives them focus and forms aspirations for them to excel in what they do. They look forward to going to SA championships in September and passionately exclaimed their passion for running.Yandiswa Shange

  • Casey Bosman of Benoni High School finished first in a 4km event for girls under 14 & 15, clocking 14:47. She loves cross country and has done 15 cross country leagues in her life time and is proud of her progress to date and her goal being finishing in the top 3 at the SA Champs
  • Yandiswa Shange who runs for KPMG and finished first in the girls under 16&17 4km (15:00) says that she wishes to inspire her peers to join athletics. “Running is so much fun” expressing those words with joy in her eyes. Yandiswa starting running for CGA at a very young age and has no plans to stop.
  • Robyn Kalten Bunn, also running for KPMG finished first in a 6km event for girls under 19 (23:38). Her goal for 2016 is to be a Junior Provincial champion in cross country. Robyn thinks running gives one an opportunity to get out there, encourages and motivates you to become a better person and meet a lot of inspirational people. “a good way to stay fit and keeps the mind fresh.

These young ladies show that there is a great future ahead for SA athletics. It gives CGA great pride to know that we have the future in our hands; and with proper nurturing we can take the sport to greater heights.

Next cross country meeting will be at Delta Park, Randburg this Saturday, 18 June 2016 from 11h20.

Casey BosmanRobyn Bunn

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.

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