CROSS COUNTRY

"Cross country at King Edward VII School became a popular pastime during the early 80’s, and paralleled the worldwide boom in popularity of distance running at the time."

King Edward VII School hosts two yearly meetings, the inter house cross country event, and an inter school event.

The Inter House Cross Country meeting is a mass participation event where learners of all abilities are welcome to compete. Traditionally the inter house cross country course began at Old Eds and ran through James and Ethel Gray Park, but with the increase in competitors in recent years and the increasing strictness of rules regarding road races, it became necessary to move the race to the School campus.

King Edward VII School  participates in the Central District Cross Country league with approximately another 15 schools . The Cross Country is divided into two age group sections, namely Juniors (U14-U15) and Seniors (U16-U19). The Central District League is arguably the strongest of all the Gauteng leagues. King Edward VII School  hosts one inter schools meeting each year. This race used to be run around Zoo Lake and has now moved to the James and Ethel Gray Park.

There is a definite link between the performance of the cross country team and the fortunes of the School athletics team because many of the cross country runners represent the athletics team in the middle distances. King Edward VII School  has employed a professional coach in Lungile Bikwane. Lungile is widely regarded as one of the foremost running coaches in the country, and his athletes have participated in the South African Schools and Club Championships, Yellow Pages Meetings, Commonwealth Games, All Africa Games and IAAF Grand Prix series.

  • CROSS COUNTRY FIXTURES & RESULTS

    CENTRAL DISTRICTS FIXTURES
    2021
    Race Date Venue
    4x2km Relay Mon 03 May TBC
    League 1 Mon 10 May Ebotse Country Club 1
    League 2 Mon 17 May Helpmekaar 2
    League 3 Mon 24 May Ethel Gray Park 3
    League 4 Mon 31 May Modderfontein Res. 4
    Inter-League Mon 07 June Pretoria Boys High 5
    Inter-League Fri 11 June Rietvlei Reserve
    1 Benoni High School hosting
    2 Hoërskool Helpmekaar hosting (Thaba Trails no longer available)
    3 King Edward VII School hosting
    4 Jeppe Boys hosting (Modderfontein Reserve used previously)
    5 Pretoria Boys High hosting the team final (possibly off-campus)

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