Updated: May 26, 2015

The senior women’s field racing over the previous 8km distance at the 2012 African Cross Country Championships in Cape Town

Senior cross country runners will now race over the 10km distance, Athletics SA confirmed on Tuesday, in line with imminent changes to international rules.
With the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) tweaking Rule 250.5, which comes into effect in November, the official men’s distance for domestic races has been reduced by 2km, while 2km has been added to the women’s distance.
Men and women will race over the same distance at the World Cross Country Championships for the first time at the 2017 edition in Kampala.
The previous men’s official distance of approximately 12km had been run since the inaugural World Cross Country Championships in 1973, and the women had contested the 8km distance since 1998.
“The ASA cross country commission recommended that ASA implement this rule change with immediate effect,” the federation said in a statement.
“The program of the SA Cross Country Championships, scheduled for 12 September 2015, will be adjusted accordingly.”
Provinces were requested to implement the rule change in their league meetings and provincial
championships in preparation for the SA Championships.
Junior men would continue to race over 8km, while junior women would compete over the standard 6km distance.