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Randburg Harriers Club Championships 2022

In the past few weeks, the road running calendars for 2022 have been finalised and published by the provinces, and several events are already taking entries. This has allowed Randburg Harriers to revive the annual Club Championships, which was last held in 2019. For those who are unfamiliar with the Club Championships, it works like this:
 

We select a variety of events over distances of between 5 and 90 km as our Club Championship races. These are mainly road races, including the Comrades Marathon, but also an 8 km time trial and a 5 km parkrun. They are spaced out over the year, and we try and choose events that are popular, and are situated reasonably close to Randburg, although for some events that isn’t always feasible. 


The Club Championship is open to members in good standing of Randburg Harriers in the calendar year of the Club Championships.
For each event, there is a trophy for the overall Club Champion (male and female).
Awards are also made to competitors in each age group (from Junior through to Great Grandmaster, both male and female).
 
The Club Championship events are usually supported by having the club tent at the venue, but this may not be possible in 2022, as race organisers are limiting access by clubs at their venues. Hopefully, this will improve as the year progresses.
 
The Club Championship calendar, and the associated rules, are shown below. We’ve made a few changes to the rules to accommodate some of the changes that have been made to races since the pandemic. Most notably, virtual events will not qualify – competitors must compete in the event on the day.
 
Note that the first event is the Berg-en-Dal 15 km Night Race in mid-January, so if you’re up for the challenge, make sure that you get your entry in soon. Take note that many events have limited fields and are only taking pre-entries, so plan your road-running events carefully and well in advance (this applies even if you’re not participating in the Club Championships).
 
We hope to see many of our members back out on the streets of South Africa in 2022, proudly sporting the iconic black-and-white colours of Randburg Harriers!

 

John Neale
Club Captain

The races that have been selected for the current year are as follows:

Randburg Harriers Club Championship Events 2022
Championship Event Date
15 km Krugersdorp Berg en Dal 15 km Night Race 12-Jan-22
42.2 km (marathon) Johnson Crane Hire Marathon 42.2 km 06-Mar-22
5 km parkrun Delta Parkrun 09-Apr-22
50 km ultramarathon Om die Dam 50 km 11-Jun-22
21.1 km (half marathon) Wanderers 21.1 km 10-Jul-22
Comrades ultramarathon Comrades Marathon 90 km 28-Aug-22
10 km Pirates 10 km 18-Sep-22
8 km time trial Randburg Harriers Thursday evening 8 km time trial 20-Oct-22
32 km RAC 32 km Tough One 27-Nov-22

The Club Champs events therefore include road races of between 10 and 50 km, as well as the Comrades Marathon (87-90 km). In addition, there is an 8 km time trial event, and a recent addition has been a 5 km parkrun event. 

 

The Club Championship Rules are as follows:

1. For each event, there is a trophy for the overall Club Champion (male and female).

2. Awards are also made to competitors in each age group (from Junior through to Great Grandmaster, both male and female).

3. Junior athletes must meet the age criteria specified for road running events by the provincial governing body, Central Gauteng Athletics.

4. For the 8 km time trial event, Junior athletes must be 12 years or older on the day that the event takes place.

5. Competitors are required to compete in Randburg Harriers club colours, and to wear the appropriate age category tags (including at the parkrun and time trial events).

6. Competitors must be members in good standing of Randburg Harriers in the calendar year of the Club Championships.

7. Competitors are responsible for ensuring that they complete the entry forms (including on-line entry forms), tear-off slips or entry tags neatly, accurately and in full, so that their results are captured correctly.

8. Competitors must compete in the event on the route on the day of the race. Results from, for example, helpers' runs will not be considered. Results of any virtual events that may be offered by race organisers will also not be considered.

9. The results that are published by any website that the race organisers may employ will be used to determine the results of the Randburg Harriers Club Championship events.

10. If any of the chosen events are cancelled or postponed, that Randburg Harriers Club Championship event may be postponed, assigned to another event or, if no suitable event can be identified, it may be cancelled.

11. For the Comrades Marathon, trophies are awarded to the first athlete to finish, the first female athlete, the first novice athletes (male and female), and to all age group winners (from Senior through to Grandmaster, male and female). There is also a Hard Luck trophy, a Most Improved trophy, and a trophy for the youngest athlete to finish.

 

The Randburg Harriers Club Championships provides an opportunity for athletes of all ages and abilities to compete against their fellow club members. Traditionally, prize-winners have received a miniature trophy to commemorate their achievements, and in recent years, a high-quality certificate has also been awarded. Bragging rights are guaranteed to all the winners!

If you have any queries or questions regarding the annual Club Championships, please contact our Club Captain, John Neale.





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