Athletics South Africa logoAmanzimtoti, KwaZulu-Natal will be the host of the annual SA Cross Country Championships on 8 September. This will be a fun day filled with athletics for the whole family.

Not only will the senior and junior athletes compete, but the different categories cater for all age-groups. Age categories range from under eight years, to over 75 years.

In 2011 the Phalula twins, Nolene Conrad and Mpho Mabuza dominated the top of the rankings, and the outcome was more or less the same at the trials in February, with the exception of Conrad who finished 7th.

Defending champion, Lebo Phalula, won the trials, and finished second at the SA 10km Championships in Kimberley, making her a strong contender for the title once again.

Conrad is in top form after a good track and field season, and recorded a third-place finish at the SA Half-Marathon Championships on 26 August. She actively competes in road running and cross-country events during the off-season.

Senior women’s athletes will compete over 8km, while the junior women will run a 6km distance. The course will consist of a 1km or 2km loop.

There will be prize money for the top four athletes in both the senior and junior categories, with the winner of each category receiving R2,000, while the next three positions will pocket R1500, R1000 and R500 respectively.

The first event will start at 08:45 at Hutchinson Park in Amanzimtoti, while the last event gets underway at 16:20.

The SA Cross Country Championships will serve as a means for the selection of a team for the World Cross Country Championships, taking place in Poland on 24 March 2013.