The South African Cross Country season takes place each year from the end of April, to the middle of August. It consists of 8 leagues, and then the provincial championship. Each league is at a different venue and are spread out across the entire province.
All Cross Country events take place on a Saturday; on off road, lapped circuits. However, these must not be confused with trail routes. There are no loose rocks or boulders to climb over in Cross Country, and the racing pace is only very slightly slower than it would be on the road.
Racing starts in the morning with a 1km, under 8 years kids race. There are then more races though out the day, and because it’s lapped it makes a great spectator sport.
Children race a maximum of 4km, as do the ladies, i.e. 2 x 2km laps.
Veteran men race 4 x 2km = 8km, and the day ends of with a 10km open race.
At Rand Road Warriors there’s a group of us who compete in as many leagues as we can. We take the club gazebo, have a braai, and make a day of it. It really is a great family day out, good fun, it gives your body a running break from pounding on hard tarmac, and it makes you mentally and physically stronger.
Please consider joining us when the season starts again in 2018, you can contact Andy Irvine for further information on how to join.