About Road Running

Road running is the sport of running on a measured course over an established road (as opposed to track and cross country running). 

These events normally range from distances of 5 kilometers to longer distances such as half marathons and marathons, and they may involve large numbers of runners or wheelchair entrants. Road running is part of group of road events known as "road races".  

Road running may offer those involved a range of challenges and interests such as dealing with hills, sharp bends, varied surfaces, inclement weather, and involvement in a large group. Aerobic fitness, or the ability of the body to use oxygen, is important to help complete the long distance. Anaerobic fitness, the body's ability to respond when there isn't enough oxygen for the muscle, is helpful when encountering hills and providing energy for a sprint at the finish.  

The impact of running on roads puts more stress on the feet, knees and lower back than running on dirt or grass. It can compensate by providing a consistent, level surface.

CGA General Rules



  1. All athletes will run in their officially registered club colours, except when representing some other officially selected team. Special permission to run in other colours may be granted by Central Gauteng Athletics or Athletics South Africa. 
  2. All club colours must be registered with Central Gauteng Athletics .
  3. Participants issued with temporary licences need not wear club colours, but must at all times be decently clad. Participants issued with temporary numbers may wear no advertising.

Race and Licence Numbers

  1. Licence numbers as provided by Athletics South Africa through Central Gauteng Athletics and must be worn in all races/events run under the jurisdiction of ASA.Failure to do so will automatically disqualified the runner .
  2. Race and licence numbers shall not be altered in such a way as to conceal the number, name of the sponsor, the Province and the year for which issued.
  3. Every athlete must wear and display two numbers during all competitions (front and back.)
  4. These numbers will be the official licence number. If the race/event organisers require a special number to be worn, this must be worn on the front of the vest and the licence number on the back.
  5. Race and Licence numbers are not transferable under any circumstances.
  6. The minimum height of the race number characters shall be 120 mm.


  1. Licenses expire on 31st December each year.
  2. Licence forms are issued by ASA through the Provincial Athletic bodies.Only the Province in which the athlete is domiciled may register athletes. No dual registration will be ermitted. Where athletes change their place of residence during a calendar year, they may retain their licence until it expires.
  3. Only club members may purchase a licence and all licensing is done through the clubs.
  4. No athlete whose application for a licence has been refused will be allowed to compete in any road race. 

Temporary Licenses 

To enable unlicensed athletes to compete in approved races, and also to cater for licensed athletes, who leave their licence numbers and/or club colours at home, temporary licences may be issued subject to the following conditions: Temporary licences are only valid for the race for which issued. Organisers must provide the necessary administration and facilities to enter temporary licensed athlete separately. The Provincial Athletic body in whose area the race will be held must charge an additional fee, for temporary licenses. Athletes with temporary licences may not display any advertising on their running clothes during the race. No temporary licence will be issued to a suspended athlete without the approval of ASA Holders of temporary licences will only be eligible for prizes in the open category.

Club Transfers 

  1. It is very important that the correct procedures are adhered to when an athlete transfers from one club to another. The athlete must resign from his club in writing and get a Clearance letter, which he must present to his new club when he applies for membership. No club should accept an athlete from another club without a Clearance letter. The club must advise CGA in writing of all new members joining the club.
  2. The name of the athlete; his/her current licence number; name of previous club. e.g. Lic. 1223 John Jones transferred from ABC Club This information will be circulated to all clubs every month with the CGA minutes. Clubs must scrutinize this list and advise CGA Office if they have an objection to any name on this list of athletes who had joined other clubs.
  3. Clubs must inform CGA of all athletes who had resigned from the Club and had received clearance to join another club. If it is known to which club they are transferring, this information must be submitted to CGA e.g. Lic. 4567 Ann Jones to join ABC Club This is to update the club details in the CGA office for licensing purposes. Should a club fail to grant a clearance and do not notify CGA office of any reason why clearance was withheld, automatic clearance will be granted to the athlete after three months of date of resignation.
  4. An athlete can only compete for his new club and in the colours of his new club once he has received his Clearance Letter from his previous club. An athlete can only score points for a club in a team competition once his clearance is in the CGA office. No athlete is allowed to belong to more than one club. No athlete can score in any league for more than one club in one season. 

Mission and Vision of the CGA


It is the mission of Central Gauteng Athletics to promote athletics in every corner of the Province through mass participation and in doing so to investigate in the most rural areas in order to uncover the talent, which might have been overlooked or ignored in the past, and to be accessible to all sport loving people.


CGA is a unified and financially sound professionally administered provincial organisation with a single purpose:  ‘to make a positive difference in the lives of our athletics family’

CGA Excecutive

  • James Moloi : President
  • George Lamb : Vice President
  • Thokozani Mazibuko : Board Member
  • Selinah Metsing : Board Member
  • Arnaud Malherbe : Board Member
  • Livingston Jabanga : Board Member
  • Maggie Dicks : Chairperson Track and Field
  • Steven Khanyile : Chairperson Cross Country
  • Colleen McNally : Chairperson Road Running
  • Hendrick Ramaala : Athletes Committee
  • Mandla Radebe : General Manager

Welcome to our site

Thank you for your interest in Central Gauteng Athletics and welcome to our new website.

Whether you join us for club runs to stay fit, join the club or just want to stay in touch for running, we’re always glad to assist fellow running enthusiasts wherever we can.

CGA provides an ideal home and development forum for road runners,cross country and track & field, whatever their pace and ability. We support and encourage each other and build a healthy competitive sportsmanship.

You’d be most welcome to join us!

Contact Us

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Web : www.centralgautengathletics.co.za