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 6 league meetings, 2 4 x 2km relays and the WPACC Championships. 

An incentive will be awarded at the end of the season to those who complete a race (regardless of distance) in each of the 6 league events for the year.

A massive thank you to those clubs who have agreed to organize and host the events this 2018 season!

Clubs who would like to stage a league meeting or relay in 2019, must indicate their intention by 20 August 2018.

The #WPACC2018 commission wishes you an injury free, successful and most of all enjoyable Cross Country season for 2018!

Yours in running

Cross Country Commission



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: See prices listed below 

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

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.

Please note the new starting times this season

Athletes need to report to the start 10min before the start of their event for checking by technical officials. 

Prizes and scoring: Cash prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in the Senior Men/Women and Master Men/Women categories for combined performance in leagues 4, 5 and 6, as well as medals in the WPACC Championship. 

Non-cash prizes may also be awarded to the 1st, 2nd, 3rd places in the U8 - U18 age categories for the WPACC Championship, with cash prizes in the U20 competition. Proof of age will be required. 

Individual point scoring will continue as per last year. 

Team Competitions: All 6 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 6 out of 6 League Meetings. 

Individual competitions and prize money will be based on League Meetings 4, 5 and 6. Performance in these leagues, as well as WPACC Championship, will be considered (required) for selection to the WPA team to SA champs in PE in September. 

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

WPA will send a squad of athletes to championship events. The size of the team will depend on the amount of funds available.

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 the WPA Office.
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 2019

Clubs who want to apply for a League meeting in 2019 must do so before 30 June 2018.

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.

The Cross country season 2019

  • There are only 6 league events on the athlete-friendly schedule therefore attendance at all 6 will be required to earn your 2019 cross country incentive. 
  • Relays will be teams of 2 men, 2 women, any age category. 
  • Prize money will be for the winning 3 teams pre-entered into the ELITE category.  


2019 WPA Cross Country Fixture List

League 1          SANDF Youngsfield 25 May 2019
League 2  Bonteheuwel  CPUT 15 June 2019
League 3  Nantes Nantes Park 30 June 2019
League 4  Lwandle Rustof Sports Field, Gordon's Bay 14 July 2019
League 5 Top Form  Elfindale 28 July 2019
League 6  Velocity Silwerstoomstrand 3 August 2019
WPCC Champs  TBC TBC 17 August 2019

**These are Saturday events starting at the usual times.

2018 Results 

League 1 Results - 26 May 

Interclub Relay Results - 3 June

League 2 Resuts - 17 June


League 3 Results - 1 July


League 4 Results - 15 July

League 5 Results - 29 July

League 6 Results - 4 August

2017 Cross Country Events
2017 WPA Cross Country Fixture List
Cross Country Relay Nantes 2017





2016 Cross Country Events
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
2016 Winter League Programme and Relay Entry Form


Typical League Programme

An alternative program will be followed in case of very bad weather
Time Event Distance
11:00am Boys and Girls 8 years (2010 or later) 1km
11:10 Boys and Girls  9/10 years (2009/2008) 2km
11:30 Boys and Girls 11 years (2007) 3km

Boys and Girls 12 years (2006)

Girls 13 years + LSen G(2005)


Boys 13 years B(2005)

Girls  U18 + LSen G(2002/2001)

12:35 Boys and Girls 15 years + LSen (2004/2003) 4km

Boys U/18      B(2002/2001)

Girls U/20 ** + LSen  G(2000/1999)

Master men 60+   (60 years and older)


Boys U/20**     B(2000/1999)

Master men        (35 - 59 years)

14:15 Senior men and women ** 10km
15:15 Master women   (35 years and older) 4km

Senior men and women

Mob Race


Please Note the starting times of the events

Age Categories Sub/Juniors 2018

Boys and Girls 8 Years Born 2010 & later
Boys and Girls 9 Years Born 2009
Boys and Girls 10 Years Born 2008
Boys and Girls 11 Years Born 2007
Boys and Girls 12 Years Born 2006
Boys and Girls 13 Years Born 2005
Boys and Girls u15 Years Born 2004 
Boys and Girls u18 Years Born 2002 / 2001 (Turning 16/17 years)
Boys and Girls u20 Years Born 2000 / 1999 (Turning 18/19 years)


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





Girls 13 years   (2004)

3 km


Boys 10 years and Girls 10 years  (2007)

2 km


Boys 8 years and Girls 8 years (2009)

1 km


Master Women 35 and older

4 km


Boys 12 years and Girls 12 years (2005)

3 km


Boys 14 years and Girls 14 years (2003) LSEN

4 km


Boys 9 years and Girls 9 years  (2008)

2 km


Boys 11 years and Girls 11 years (2006)

3 km


Senior Men and Women (10 km)

10 km


Master Men 35-59

8 km


Senior Men and Senior Women (4 km)

4 km


Boys 16 years / Boys u/18 and u/20 girls -  and

6 km


(2001 / 2000 / 1999 / 1998)  -  LSEN



Master Men 60+

6 km


Boys 15 years and Girls 15 years (2002) LSEN

4 km


Boys 13 years / Girls 16 years / u/18 Girls

4 km


(2004 / 2001 / 2000) [ LSEN 16yrs/18yrs ]



u/20 Boys (1999 / 1998)

8 km


Senior Men / Women Relay (2 Men / 2 Women)

8 km


2018 - 2019 Commission Members

Chairperson Ms Candyce Hall
  Mr Rodger Brown
  Ms Irene Burgess
  Ms Viyounnefer Dreyer
  Mr Russell Mehl
  Mr Peter Moses
  Mr Mario Philander
  Mr Brian Records
  Ms Nazema Abels