Cross Country

The WPA Cross Country league runs during the winter months with 6 league events and WPACC Championships taking place on a wide variety of courses. Each age group runs in a separate race, with specific distances for each age category from under 8 years to 80 years and older.

WHAT IS CROSS COUNTRY?

Cross Country is regarded by many as the purest form of the running sports. It does not require a highly technical artificial track or the need to mix congested traffic with the participants of Road Racing. It is cheaper than trail running and does not limit the numbers of entrants.

The sport is a “grass roots” discipline catering for all ages and abilities and is seen by many top athletes and coaches as an excellent platform on which to build a high level of stamina for track athletes and speed for road runners. Many top athletes started their careers in Cross Country and still return to the Sport during the Track and Field “off-season” to build strength and stamina for the new season. Cross Country complements road and track running, so most top middle and long distance track runners, as well as the top road runners in the world, run Cross Country.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

WPACC would like to thank the following:

  • K3 Water & Energy Sachets
  • Peninsula Beverages
  • City of Cape Town

Without their generous assistance, Cross Country in our Province would be a lot poorer. Your support for these organisations would be appreciated.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Event Programme 2022

EVENT NOTIMECATEGORYDISTANCE
108:45Sub Juniors Boys and Girls under 8 (Beginners)1 Km
209:00Sub Juniors Boys and Girls under 9 and 10 (2012,2013)2 Km
309:25Girls under 12 &11 (2010,2011)3 Km
409:30Boys under 12 & 11 (2010,2011)3 Km
510:00Boys and Girls under 13 (2009)4 Km
610:30Senior Men and Women10 Km
711:30Girls under 15 &14(2007,2008)4 Km
811:55Boys under 15 &14 (2007,2008) & Girls under 17 & 16 (2005,2006)4 Km
912:20MOB RACE4 Km
1012:40Boys under 17 and 16 (2005,2006) & Girls under 19 (2003,2004) & Grandmaster Men (60+)6 Km
1113:30Senior Men and Women Under 23 (2000,2002)4 Km
1214:00Master Men (35-59) and Junior Men under 19 (2003.2004)8 Km
1314:50Master Women -All categories4 Km
  • Subject to amendments.
  • A different programme will be followed for the WPA Championships on 20 August 2022.

Additionally

  1. Entries will be taken on the day of the event only, except for the WPA championships.
  2. The entry for all juniors is free. The junior age categories who may require a temporary or ASA junior license will need to have one on the day of the event.
  3. All entries are R50 per athlete. An athlete may participate in more than one event at no additional charge.
  4. Due to more than one category participating in a race, age category tags are compulsory.
  5. The rules and programme, as well as the entry form for the relay on 03 July will be published two weeks before the event.
  6. We will allow spectators and gazebos subject to the relevant COVID protocols that may be applicable.
  7. For further enquiries contact Russell Mehl at Russelmehl5@gmail.com

Temporary Licence Numbers will be available at all meetings at R20 for seniors/masters and R10 for juniors

Juniors: All junior athletes are required to produce a certified copy of their birth certificates to be entitled for prize money and selection to WPA teams.

Athletes need to report to the start 30min before the start of their event for checking by technical officials. 

DISQUALIFICATION

Athletes are liable for disqualification for the following:

  • crossing the finish line without a competitor sticker
  • bad behaviour
  • wearing another athlete’s race numbers
  • not completing the full distance of the event.
  • littering

ASA / SAMA CHAMPIONSHIP

Selection Criteria will be confirmed.

MIKE WALTERS TROPHY

The Mike Walters Trophy will again be presented to the club organising the best league meeting. A committee will be appointed to decide on the winning club. The winner will be announced at the WPA Awards at the end of the year.

Clubs who need any equipment can obtain it from the WPA Office by contacting equipment@wpathletics.co.za.

A FEW IMPORTANT WA RULES:

To have orderly Cross Country Meetings and to eliminate friction and unpleasantness through ignorance, the following few IAAF Rules are of great importance for Cross Country which is basically a team sport.

All clubs, coaches and parents should acquire the IAAF Rule Book which can be obtained from WPA or directly from ASA.

CLOTHING:

In all events competitors must wear clothing which is clean, designed and worn so as not to be objectionable. The clothing must be made of a material which is non-transparent even if wet. The competitors must not wear clothing which could impede the view of the judges. At all meetings competitors shall participate in the uniform clothing approved by ASA.

Note: Clothing means approved School, Club, Provincial or National Colours.

SHOES

Competitors may compete in bare feet or with footwear on both feet.

LICENSE NUMBERS

No person resident in South Africa may participate in a meeting subject to the regulations of ASA or any of its affiliated associations, unless on the date of the meeting concerned he is the holder of a licence which granted him permission to participate.

Both ASA licences must be worn visibly on the chest and back during competition.

ASSISTANCE TO ATHLETES

Any athlete giving or receiving assistance from within the competition area during an event shall be cautioned by the Referee and warned that for any repetition, he will be disqualified from that event.

No competitor is allowed to receive assistance or refreshments from any person during the progress of the race other than the water point. No persons, not officially instructed by the manager of the meeting, are allowed to give refreshments to athletes.

2022 WPA CROSS COUNTRY FIXTURE LIST 

EVENTORGANISERVENUEDATE
League 1Ommiedraai ACYoungsfield14 May 2022
League 2 Capricorn ACSandvlei21 May 2022
League 3 Top Form ACElfindale05 June 2022
League 4 Easterns ACJan Kriel 26 June 2022
CC RELAY
League 5
Top Form AC
Velocity AC
Youngsfield
Silverstroom
03 July 2022
24 July 2022
CC TRIALS
WPCC CHAMPS
Commission
Commission
Fairmont HS
Jan Kriel (TBC)
30 July 2022
20 August 2022
ASA CHAMPSASARustenberg17 September 2022

AGE CATEGORIES 2021

Boys and Girls 8 YearsBorn 2014 & later
Boys and Girls 9 YearsBorn 2013
Boys and Girls 10 YearsBorn 2012
Boys and Girls 11 YearsBorn 2011
Boys and Girls 12 YearsBorn 2010
Boys and Girls 13 YearsBorn 2009
Boys and Girls u16 YearsBorn 2008 / 2007 (Turning 14/15 years)
Boys and Girls u18 YearsBorn 2006 / 2005 (Turning 16/17 years)
Boys and Girls u20 YearsBorn 2004 / 2003 (Turning 18/19 years)

WPACC CHAMPIONSHIPS PROGRAMME

 The programme will available closer to the time

2019 – 2021 COMMISSION MEMBERS

ChairpersonRussell Mehl
 
 
 
 
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