Sport
X-Country organisers have very ‘fine plans’
Publish Date: Jan 30, 2014
X-Country organisers have very ‘fine plans’
UAF secretary Beatrice Ayikoru
  • mail
  • img
newvision

By James Bakama 

National cross-country 

WITH the scorching January temperatures in mind, organisers of the national cross-country are doing everything to ensure Saturday’s event ends early. 

The first leg will be flagged off at 8am in the lakeside town of Jinja. 

“We expect the final race to have ended by 12.30pm,” said UAF secretary Beatrice Ayikoru. 

Temperature has a significant impact on the performance of athletes. High temperature can cause various heat illnesses such as heat cramps and heat stroke, while very low temperatures may lead to hypothermia 

“We want registration completed by Friday so that the following day is strictly for competition,” explained Uganda Athletics Federation president Domenic Otuchet yesterday. 

As the entries pour in, UAF has also dispatched a team to Jinja to ensure completion of the course in time. 

“Our technical team has already got to the Jinja golf course to make sure everything is in place,” stressed Otuchet. 

The course, with two kilometre laps, borders the source of the Nile. Competition will be in the junior and senior events both in the men and women categories. 

There is also a 2km event for juniors under 15 years. Senior men run 12km while their juniors run 8km. Senior women compete in 8km while the female juniors go for 6km. 

The only thing that may affect the numbers in Jinja, could be the National Half Marathon Championship the following week in Mbale. 

It’s from here that Uganda’s team for the World Cross-country in Copenhagen in March will be chosen. 

By yesterday, big clubs like Elgon, Alpha, Police and Arua had finalised registration.

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Cranes skipper Andy Mwesigwa ‘should retire’
Former Cranes star Tom Lwanga has advised Cranes skipper Andy Mwesigwa to retire from the national team after the captain was sent off when Uganda collapsed against Guinea....
Uganda fails to qualify for Africa Nations Cup
Captain Andrew Mwesigwa is sent off as Uganda's road to the 2015 Africa Nations Cup finals comes to an end against Guinea in Morocco....
Uganda to host 2017 IAAF World Cross Country
Uganda will host the 2017 IAAF World Cross Country Championships, the International Association of Athletics Federations Council announced on Tuesday....
Cranes legends caution captain Andy Mwesigwa
Former Cranes striker Jackson Mayanja believes this is one of Uganda’s best opportunities to qualify for the Nations Cup....
Uganda on right track, says Diack
IAAF President Lamine Diack has said that Uganda Athletics Federation is on the right track and will be able to win more medals in the future....
Katwiremu wins senior golf tournament
Rwandan based golfer Steven Katwiremu returned 33 stable ford points on Saturday to win the Seniors Golf Tournament at Palm Valley Golf and Country Club....
Should workers be subjected to a 4% Health Insurance Tax??
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter