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

Category and Age GroupYear of BirthDistanceTimeCost
Boys and Girls 8 Years2013 and later1km09:00 – 09:10R0
Boys and Girls 9 Years
Boys and Girls 10 Years
2012
2011
2km09:15 – 09:35R0
Boys 11 & 12 Years
Girls 11/12/13 Years
2010/2009
2010/2009/2008
3km09:35-10:05R0
Boys 13/14/15 Years
Girls 14/15/16 Years
2008/2007/2006
2007/2006/2005
4km10:05 – 10:35R0
Junior Boys (16-19)
Junior Girls (17-19)
2005/2004/2003/2002
2004/2003/2002
6km10:35-11:10R0
Mob Race4km11:10-12:00R30
Master Men35 – 59 Years
60 + Years
8km
6km
12:00-12:40R30
Senior Men and Senior Woman10km12:40-13:40R30
Master Women4km13:40-14:40R30
Senior Men and Women
*35 Years+

Time-Limit = 40 minutes
(cut-off)
4km14:40-15:20R30
*Athletes can run more than one race when paying the R30 Entry Fee*

Temporary Licence Numbers will be available at all meetings at R20 for seniors/masters and R10 for juniors (no temp licence required for children 12 years of age and under in the age group races) 

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.

2021 WPA CROSS COUNTRY FIXTURE LIST 

EVENTORGANISERVENUEDATE
League 1Top Form ACYoungsfield15 May 2021
League 2 CC CommissionFairmont HS22 May 2021
League 3 Ommiedraai ACYoungsfield6 June 2021
League 4 Velocity ACSilverstroom27 June 2021
League 5CC CommissionFairmont HS3 July 2021
League 6 Central ACZeekoevlei31 July 2021
WPCC Champs BonteheuwelTBC14 August 2021

2021 Cross Country Entries

2021 Cross Country Route Map

2019 CROSS COUNTRY PROGRAMMES (DOWNLOADS)

2017 Cross Country Events

2016 Cross Country Events

AGE CATEGORIES 2021

Boys and Girls 8 YearsBorn 2013 & later
Boys and Girls 9 YearsBorn 2012
Boys and Girls 10 YearsBorn 2011
Boys and Girls 11 YearsBorn 2010
Boys and Girls 12 YearsBorn 2009
Boys and Girls 13 YearsBorn 2008
Boys and Girls u16 YearsBorn 2007 / 2006 (Turning 14/15 years)
Boys and Girls u18 YearsBorn 2005 / 2004 (Turning 16/17 years)
Boys and Girls u20 YearsBorn 2003 / 2002 (Turning 18/19 years)

WPACC CHAMPIONSHIPS PROGRAMME

 The programme will available closer to the time

2019 – 2021 COMMISSION MEMBERS

ChairpersonRussell Mehl
 Nazema Abels
 Irene Burgess
 Mario Philander
 Makhosonke Fika
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