The time has come to put their physical prowess to the test. The runners make their way to the start line, waiting for the sign to dash off.
All roads for the provincial cross-country championships have lead to this moment. The final leg of the season. A place where the best will shine. Taking place at Grey Goose on Sunday, August 4, the finals also provided participants the opportunity to be selected, to represent KZN at the national cross-country championships, scheduled for 8 September 2018 at the Nelson Mandela University Sports Fields, Port Elizabeth.
With ideal weather conditions, the runners set their sights on the win as they braced themselves for the season’s finals. The season consists of 13 leagues, as well as the development events, which are leagues in rural local municipalities integrating local schools.
These leagues take place in different areas of the province and consist of eight race events per league, giving athletes a fair chance to compete.
President of KZN Athletics, Sello Mokoena says the province would like to see more junior and senior athletes participate in these events. “We want to see cross-country events being hosted throughout the province. Currently they are mostly hosted in Durban and Pietermaritzburg, due to limited resources and the lack of funds. Despite our lack of resources though, our greatest achievement this year is to have these championships go to Newcastle. Thereby, giving other parts of the province the opportunity to host and develop new talent,” said Mokoena
Mokoena said moving events to other parts of the province is also aimed at identifying talent of all ages across the province.
“Cross Country is as close to a perfect development event as one can get and caters for all ages. This makes it a more convenient and measurable running programme, allowing growth in the development of runners,” said Mokoena
“It has been a great season thus far, with hopes to wrap it up on a high note,” said Mokoena
He said the province needed more cross-country representation on national and international level.
With this in mind, the participants performed exceptionally well on Saturday. Pushing themselves to the limit to excel.
The results are not available at present.