Cross country running is a sport in which teams and individuals run a race on open-air courses over natural terrain. The course for primary school learners is typically 1,5 – 5 kilometers long. It may include surfaces of grass and earth, pass through fields or open country, and may include gentle hills, flat ground and sometimes gravel road. Runners are judged on individual times and a points scoring method at the end of the season to determine participation at provincial and/or regional level. Learners from grade 3 (age 9) up to grade 7 compete in cross country, which usually takes place during winter (terms 2 and 3), and can include weather conditions of rain, sunshine, wind , and a wide range of temperatures. Cross country running is one of the disciplines under the umbrella of athletics(see extra mural timetable) , more specific long-distance track and road running.
We practise on a Tuesday from 16:00 - 16:45 on our sports fields. Races take place on a Friday after school at a venue as determined by Western Province Athletics. Learners must wear our school’s PE clothes during practice and for races. Parents must ensure that learners are picked up soon after arrival back at school at around 17:00.