Athletics: Cross-country series |12 January 2023
Registration closes tomorrow for Saturday’s races
Are you a track and field athlete, or do you practice any sport or are you a regular runner who runs to keep fit? Here is an opportunity to test your fitness level and perhaps challenge the medals and cash prizes.
The Seychelles Athletics Federation is organising the first races of the cross-country series on Saturday January 24 at the fitness trail, Roche Caïman, starting at 3pm.
The categories include: male and female under-16 = 2km (1 lap), male and female under-18 = 4km (2 laps), female under-20 and female masters – 35 years and over = 6km (3 laps), male under-20 and male masters – 40 years and over = 8km (4 laps), senior male and female = 10km (5 laps).
The races are open for individuals, groups, companies, secondary schools and post-secondary institutions. All those who would like to take part are asked to register with Fabien Belle on 2517406, the SAF office at Stad Popiler by calling 4225958 or any athletics coach after 3pm at Stad Popiler.
Deadline for registration is tomorrow, Friday January 13, 2023 at 4pm.
The top three finishers in each category will receive prize money at the end of each race of the series and athletes accumulate points awarded according to their finishing positions over the three races and they are rewarded for their efforts with cash prizes.
Competitors in the female and male under-16 category will cover 2km (1 lap) and the cash prizes in this category are R150 (winners), R100 (runners-up) and R50 (third place finishers).
The distance to be covered by competitors in the female and male youth (under-18) division is 4km (2 laps) and the top three finishers in this category get R250, R150 and R100.
Although the distances covered by female (6km) and male (8km) runners in the junior (under-20) division differ, the prizes are the same with the winners getting R400, runners-up R300 and third place finishers R200.
The cash prizes in the senior (over-20) division are R500 (winners), R400 (runners-up) and R300 (third place finishers). While the female competitors cover 8km, the male runners have to race over a distance of 10km.
As for competitors in the female (over 35) and male master (over-40) divisions, they will be gunning for the cash prizes of R400 (winners), R300 (runners-up) and R200 (third place getters).
Athletes will be awarded points according to their final placings in each of the three races of the series and those with the top-three best scores will be ranked first, second and third. In circumstances where there is a tie on points, the organisers will use the best times to decide the final placings.
Athletes have to take part in at least two of the three races to qualify for the overall prizes.
Record breakers are also paid extra – R1,000 (senior), R600 (junior), R300 (youth and master) and R200 (boy and girl) – for their efforts.
The female record holders:
Victoria Alice, colt (U14) 2km ‒ 7:26.4 on 31.01.2009 at Roche Caïman
Chloe Joubert, girl (U16) 2km ‒ 8:11.9 on 27.11.2021 at Roche Caïman
Anisha Rabat, girl (U16) 4km ‒ 16:28.6 on 03.02.2018 at Roche Caïman
Meryle Rabat, youth (U18) 4km ‒ 15:32.4 on 07.02.2016 at Roche Caïman
Phylis Labonne, youth (U18)) 6km ‒ 24:48.5 on 10.02.2006 at Roche Caïman
Phylis Labonne, junior (U20) 4km ‒ 15:35.2 on 16.02.2006 at Roche Caïman
Phylis Labonne, junior (U20) 6km ‒ 24:48.5 on 10.02.2006 at Roche Caïman
Simone Zapha, senior (O20) 4km ‒ 14:44.7 on 25.01.2002 at Roche Caïman
Phylis Labonne, senior (O20) 6km ‒ 24:48.5 on 10.02.2006 at Roche Caïman
Simone Zapha, senior (O20) 8km ‒ 32:53.8 on 14.02.2009 at Roche Caïman
Ana Barra, senior (O20) 10km ‒ 48:41.5 on 27.01.2018 at Roche Caïman
Maggy Harray, veteran (O35) 6km ‒ 27:50.0 on 27.11.2021 at Roche Caïman
Rachel Confait, veteran (O35) 4km ‒ 17:41.1 on 10.01.2004 at Roche Caïman
The male record holders:
Ryan Govinden, colt (U14) 2km ‒ 6:39.7 on 31.01.2009 at Roche Caïman
Kevin Harryba, boy (U16) 2km ‒ 6:26.4 on 08.04.2011 at Roche Caïman
Mervin Monthy, youth (U18) 4km ‒ 13:24.5 on 07.02.2016 at Roche Caïman
Andrew Florentine, youth (U18) 6km ‒ 22:28.6 on 10.02.2006 at Roche Caïman
Ronny Marie junior (U20) 4km ‒ 12:33.0 on 20.02.2000 at Roche Caïman
Andrew Florentine, junior (U20) 6km ‒ 22:28.6 on 10.02.2006 at Roche Caïman
Yannick Magnan, junior (U20) 8km ‒27:32.3 on 15.02.2014 at Roche Caïman
Ronny Marie, senior (O20) 4km ‒ 11:31.9 on 15.01.2005 at Roche Caïman
Simon Labiche, senior (O20) 8km ‒ 26:28.5 on 13.01.2007 at Roche Caïman
Iven Moïse, senior (O20) 10km ‒ 31:45.6 on 22.12.2018 at Roche Caïman
Simon Labiche, senior (O20) 12km ‒ 38:57.5 on 24.01.2009 at Roche Caïman
Simon Labiche, veteran (O40) 4km ‒ 12:25.0 on 28.01.2006 at Roche Caïman
Michel Dixie, veteran (O40) 8km ‒ 26:14.3 on 12.12.2015 at Roche Caïman
Simon Labiche, veteran (O40) 10km ‒ 33:09.9 on 27.01.2007 at Roche Caïman
Simon Labiche, veteran (O40) 12km ‒ 38:57.5 on 24.01.2009 at Roche Caïman