Cross Country

The WPA Cross Country league runs during the winter months. Races take place on a wide variety of courses. Each age group runs in a separate race over various distances.

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.

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.

Message from the chairman

“An exciting new Cross Country season is upon us again. The season promises to be bigger and better than ever.

On behalf of Western Province Athletics Cross Country Commission, let met take this opportunity to welcome you to the winter league of running on the wild side. Cross Country leagues over the years, shown a steady growth in numbers. For those of you who have not attempted Cross Country, you’ve missing out big time. This brochure has been published to help you make your season more enjoyable by providing you with essential information and inspiration.

In this brochure you will find the basic rules of cross country, a Typical Championship Programme for league meetings, fixture and road maps which help you to get to the various venues. You will also find the names of the WPA Cross Country Commission, together with contact telephone numbers, should you need any further information.

We are going to be concentrating a lot of our efforts on our juniors this season, which will call for close co-operation with coaches, schools and development. New courses/venues, some in previously disadvantaged areas, are an added attraction this year, bringing the sport to the people.

A big thank you to Peninsula Beverages for the supply of coke at every race.

The season will consist of 8 league meetings, 1 relay and the WPACC Championships. The WPACC Relay will be a big start to the season. Medals as well as attractive lucky draw prizes will be awarded.

We have once again managed to find enough clubs to organize the events. The WPA Cross Country Championships will be organized by UWC AC at  UWC Campus.

Clubs who would like to stage a league meeting in 2017, must apply before 30 June 2016.

On behalf of the commission, I trust you will have an injury free, successful and most of all enjoyable Cross Country season for 2016.”

Yours in running

Cross Country Commission

Message from the sponsor

Peninsula Beverages is proud to be associated with Western Province Athletics Cross Country as it fosters a sport which serves the best interests of a wide community where participation is not limited to those who can afford expensive or specialised equipment.
We assure the province and the athletes of our continued support and hope that participation in the WPA Cross Country events will assist in sharpening the strength and fitness of all those who take part in 2016.

Dan Davis
Sponsor – Peninsula Beverages


WPACC would like to thank the following:

  • K3 Water & Energy Sachets
  • Stud Welding Services
  • Peninsula Beverages

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

General information

Entry Fees: Sub Juniors (u8 – u12) R3.00,Juniors (u13 – u19) R5.00, Mob Race R5.00, Seniors and Masters (4 km) R10.00, Seniors and Masters 8 km and 12 km R15.00.Master Women wanting to run in the Senior Women 8 km event, will only pay R5.00 for their 2nd race. (They must first run in their age category event).

Temporary Licence Numbers will be available at all meetings at R10 for seniors/masters and R5 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. This must be done at the 1st or 2nd League meeting.

Combined races: All junior boys and girls (u8 – u19) run in separate races for each age category. For example, boys and girls u11 will run together in their own race. Girls u13 will run in the same race at the u12 Girls. Girls u17 and u19 will run in the same race. Boys u19 will compete in the Senior Women race at 15:10.

Please note the starting times

Prizes and scoring: Team prizes in cash will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in the Senior Men/Women and Master Men/Women categories, if a sponsor can be obtained.

Cash prizes may also be awarded to the 1st, 2nd, 3rd places in the u8, u9, u10, u11, u12, u13, u15, u17 and u19 team competitions, if a sponsor can be obtained. Proof of age will be required.

Individual point scoring will continue as per last year.

Team and Individual Competitions: All events, 4 athletes to count. A Master athlete’s age group will only change on their birthday, e.g. one becomes a Master on one’s 40th birthday (not at the beginning of the year in which one’s age category changes).

Team competitions will be based on 7 out of 8 League Meetings.

Individual competitions will be based on 8 out of 8 League Meetings.

The individual point scoring will be slightly different for the Senior Men and Master Men. The 1st 50 will score extra points – 50 for 1st, 49 for 2nd, etc. down to 50th position. In the Ladies, Veteran Ladies and Juniors the 1st 10 will score extra points – 10 for 1st, 9 for 2nd, etc.

Should an athlete be selected to represent South Africa in an international event the same day as a league race, participation points will be awarded to the athlete.

Mob race at League meetings: registered and non-registered athletes may enter. Registered athletes must at all times wear club colours and 2 licence numbers (front and back). Licence numbers are not transferable under any circumstances.


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.

ASA / SAMA Championship

The ASA /SAMA Championships will be held on 10 September 2016 (in George). WPA will send a squad of athletes to this meeting. The size of the team will depend on the amount of funds available.

Incentive Awards

Any athlete who competes in 6 of the 8 leagues races in their age/distance category as well as the WPACC Championships also in their age/distance category, will receive an incentive award during October 2016.

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 WPACC Championships. Clubs who need any equipment can obtain it from Andy James (021 952-1666 home).
Refreshments at meetings

Organising clubs are responsible for arranging somebody to sell refreshments at every Cross Country meeting.

A few important IAAF 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 direct from ASA.

Clothing – shoes and licence numbers

  1. 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.
  2. Shoes
    • Competitors may compete in bare feet or with footwear on both feet.
  3. Licence 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.
  4. Numbers
    • Every competitor must be provided with two numbers which, during the competition, must be worn visibly on the chest and back.

Assistance to athletes

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

League Meetings 2017

Clubs who want to apply for a League meeting in 2017 must do so before 30 June 2016.

Finally remember

  • All age groups are catered for including novice runners. Make it a family affair.
  • Each course is completely different.
  • Running “off-road” means no exhaust fumes to contend with.
  • Cross Country complements road and track running.
  • Remember all the top middle distance track runners run Cross Country.

2016 WPA Cross Country Fixture List

9 April Relay Pinelands Pinehurst Primary School B Oliver / N Abels
30 April 1st League Correctional Services Pollsmoor B Oliver/ M Philander
7 May 2nd League Velocity Atlantis G Burgess/ I Burgess
14 May 3rd League Nantes Vangate Mall R Mehl / A Soggop
21 May 4th League Defence (WP) Youngsfield R Mehl/ B Mehl
04 June 5th League Eskom Koeberg Nature Reserve A James/ B Oliver
**12 June 6th League Top Form Elfindale G Burgess/ I Burgess
2 July Winter League WPACC Commission Zandvlei or Riverside Club WPACC Commission
**24 July 7th League Bonteheuwel CPUT Bellville South V Dreyer/ A Soggop
30 July 8th League Correctional Services Pollsmoor A James/ B Oliver
13 Aug WPACC/School Champs WP Cricket Club Keurboom Park Rondebosch WPACC Commission
10 Sept ASACC Champs ASA George ASA

**This is Sunday events starting at the usual times.

2016 WPA Cross Country Fixture List
Directions to Cross Country League 2
2015 Cross Country Selection Criteria
WPACC Champs Entry Form – Sub Juniors
WPACC Champs Entry Form – Juniors
WPACC Champs Entry Form – Seniors
WPACC TEAM – ASACC Championships 8 September
League Programme on the day

Typical League Programme

An alternative program will be followed in case of very bad weather

Time Event Distance Year of Birth
11:00 U/8 Boys and Girls 1km 2008 and later
11:10 U/9 – U/10 Boys and Girls 2km 2007 / 2006
11:30 U/11 Boys and Girls 3km 2005
11:50 U/12 Boys and Girls and U/13 Girls 3km 2004 / 2003
12:10 U/13 Boys and U/18 Girls 4km 2003 – 2000 / 1999; 1998
12:35 U/15 Boys and Girls 4km 2002 / 2001
13:00 U/18 Boys and  U/20 Girls 6km 2000; 1999 / 1998-1997; 1996
13:30 Master Women – All categories 4km
14:00 Mob Race / Senior Men and Women 4km
14:30 Master Men – All categories / U/20 Boys 8km 1997/1996
15:10 Senior Women / Senior Men 10km

Please Note the starting times of the events


The relay on 9 April 2016 will start at 13:30, when the first runner of each team entered will start.
There will be prize money plus medals in each category and lots of lucky draw prizes

TYPICAL WPACC Championships Programme

Time Event Distance
08:00 U/13 Girls 3km
08:15 U/10 Boys and U/10 Girls 2km
08:30 U/8 Boys and U/8 Girls 1km
08:40 U/13 Boys and U/16 Girls and U/17 Girls 4km
09:00 U/12 Boys and U/12 Girls 3km
09:20 U/14 Boys and U/14 Girls 4km
09:50 U/9 Boys and U/9 Girls 2km
10:10 U11 Boys and U/11 Girls 3km
10:30 U/19 Boys 8km
11:20 U/16 Boys and U/17 Boys and U/19 Girls 6km
12:00 U/15 Boys and U/15 Girls 4km
12:30 SENIOR MEN & WOMEN 4km
13:00 MASTER MEN 40 and older 8km
13:40 MASTER WOMEN 30 and older 4km
14:20 SENIOR WOMEN / MASTER MEN 30-39 8km
15:00 SENIOR MEN 12km

Central Athletics Programme for the Week 25 April to 2 May 2016

Programme for the Week 25 April to 2 May 2016

Monday 25 April : Rest and Recovery

Tuesday 26 April :

Morning run : starting at Sniper in Kromboom Road at 04:30 sharp.Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced

Evening run : Starting PROMPTLY at 6:30pm at Newlands Cricket Stadium. Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced

Wednesday 27 April : Nantes

Freedom to Run/Walk: 5km Fun Run & 10km road race

Start Times : – 07:15am(5km), 7:00am(10km)
Cost: – R20(5km), R40(10km) Licensed only
Entries accepted on Tuesday 26 April between 17:00 and 20:00, and on the morning of the race from 05:15                                                            The race start/finish and registration are all at the Vangate Sports Complex, next to Vangate Mall.




Thursday 28 April:

Morning run : starting at Sniper in Kromboom Road at 04:30 sharp.Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced

Evening run : Starting PROMPTLY at 6:30pm at Newlands Cricket Stadium. Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced

Friday 29 April: Rest and Recovery (Optional – Gym strengthening and conditioning)

Saturday 30 April :Cross Country

Cross country

Start Times : – between 11:00 and 15:30 with various starts for all categories and distances, perfect opportunity for kids to make that start with athletics and for adults to get into a some off road running. Distances vary from 1km to 10km in a looped course.
Starting at Pollsmoor Prison Tokai. 

Optional – Starting at 8am – 5km Park Run at Rondebosch Common, Green Point Park, Constantia Green belt and many other venues. Please visit the website  to register and for more info.



Sunday 1 May :


Monday 2 May :

UCT : 10km Memorial Run UCT

Start Times : – 7:00am(10km)
Cost: – R40(10km) Licensed
Entries accepted on the day from 05:00. The race starts are at Middle Campus UCT

Safari : 5km fun Run, 10km Run/Walk, 21.1km run

Start Times : – 09:00am(5km), 9:30am(10km), 07:10 (21.1km)
This is a Pre-Entry Only race,  The race starts are : 5km & 10km at General Hertzog Boulevard and the 21.1 km at Willem Basson boulevard

Safari Half Marathon

Central Athletics Programme for the Week 18 April to 24 April 2016

Dear Members,

Well done to all who participated in the respective Leapfrog 21.1km and Spar Ladies 10km Challenge.13000219_10154183721618487_7356044452302553807_n


Find below the program this week :

Monday 18 April : Rest and Recovery

Tuesday 19 April : Starting PROMPTLY at 6:30pm at Newlands Cricket Stadium. Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced

Wednesday 20 April : – Rest and Recovery (Optional – Gym strengthening and conditioning)

Option 2 : Time Trial, starting PROMPTLY at 6:00pm at Rondebosch Common. There are 2 options, the 2,5km and 5km trial. You must however register to receive a number in order to record your time. So please try and arrive 10min earlier. This will be additional training/conditioning in order to improve your race times.

Thursday 21 April: Starting PROMPTLY at 6:30pm at Newlands Cricket Stadium. Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced.

Friday 22 April: Rest and Recovery (Optional – Gym strengthening and conditioning)

Saturday 23 April :

Weskus Marathon: 5km Fun Run, 10km, 21.1km and 42.2km road race

Start Times : – 08:30(5km), 7:30am(10km), 7:15am(21.1km) and 7:00(42.2km)
Cost: – R20(5km), R40(10km), R70(21.1km) and R135(42.2km) Licensed only
Late Entries are only accepted on race day for the 5km and 10km runs at Langebaan Country Estate, all distances start from the LCE, except for the Marathon runners, which start from Tzaarsbank (buses to transport runners to marathon start on race day)


Optional – Starting at 8am – 5km Park Run at Rondebosch Common, Green Point Park, Constantia Green belt and many other venues. Please visit the website  to register and for more info.

Sunday 17 April: