Cape Times Cross Country Competition

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The Cape Times Cross Country Competition is an annual Scouting cross country race. In more recent years, the competition has been divided into two courses namely, a Junior and Senior course, thus allowing younger Scouts to compete as well. This Trophy is now also held in conjunction with the Quinn Trophy competition, but the two trophies are judged separately.

The History of the Cape Times Cross Country Race

This trophy was introduced in 1923 after being donated to Scouting by The Cape Times Newspaper, and from the extracts in our archives of the period, it was certainly a tough race for Scouts.

Here are some reports from the 1920's to give you an idea as to where it was run in the early days when traffic was not a problem.


This new trophy was up for competition this year for the first time on Saturday 1st September 1923. It was an eight mile (13km) relay race for teams of four Scouts under 18 years.

Check points were Newlands Station, Pinelands level crossing, Municipal abattoirs, Foreshore Road, Van Riebeeck's Statue. The first Simon's Town starter failed to find any of his team and ran the whole eight miles himself. The Winners were 2nd Green & Sea Point (GASP)


The Cape Times Cross Country Trophy was competed for during the July school holidays, the course being from the top of Queens Road, Sea Point, round a marker at Kloof Nek, and then to the Cape Times Building in St George's Street. It was a stiff run and was referred to by Dr Dommisse, later Divisional Commissioner, who said it was not harmful to a physically fit boy, but should be limited to over thirteens.

An interesting thought is whether this course could be run today, or whether it would become an obstacle race! It does not seem so long ago, but in 1924 few Cape Town streets were tarred. The result: First – 1st Green & Sea Point in 23 minutes; Second – 7th Cape Town; Third – 2nd Green & Sea Point. There were no casualties.


Tygerberg Station to the Cape Times building in St George's Street. Winners were 7th Cape Town (Gardens).


Newlands Station to the Cape Times building in St George's Street. Winners were once again 7th Cape Town (Gardens)

Cross Country Trophy Winners

Please note that there were some years when this competition was not run as there was a Policy of every so often reducing the number of Divisional competitions to make time for District events. However, some competitions like this one were re-introduced either on its own or together with others as a 'Mixed Bag'.

Year Winners
1923 2nd Green & Sea Point
1924 1st Green & Sea Point
1925 7th Cape Town (Gardens)
1926 7th Cape Town (Gardens)
1927 7th Cape Town (Gardens)
1928 4th Rondebosch
1929 7th Cape Town (Gardens)
1930 4th Rondebosch
1931 1st Cape Town (St Johns)
1932 1st Cape Town (St Johns)
1937 1st Claremont & 2nd Rondebosch
1938 1st Rosebank
1939 4th Rondebosch
1941 7th Cape Town (Gardens)
1943 3rd Wynberg
1946 2nd Green & Sea Point
1956 2nd Rondebosch
1957 4th Rondebosch
1960 1st Worcester
1968 7th Green & Sea Point
1973 2nd Rondebosch
1974 2nd Rondebosch
1975 2nd Rondebosch
1976 1st Pinelands
1977 1st Pinelands
1978 1st Pinelands
1979 1st Pinelands
1980 1st Pinelands
1981 1st Pinelands
1982 1st Faure
1983 1st Faure
1984 1st Faure
1985 1st Parow
1986 1st Parow
1988 2nd Somerset West
1989 1st Steenberg
1990 2nd Somerset West
1991 1st Northpine
1992 2nd Somerset West
1993 2nd Somerset West
1994 1st Northpine & 1st Ikwezi
1995 1st Northpine
1997 1st Pinelands
2000 3rd Pinelands
2001 2nd Fish Hoek
2002 2nd Fish Hoek
2003 2nd Fish Hoek
2004 2nd Fish Hoek
2005 2nd Fish Hoek
2006 1st Durbanville
2007 1st Tableview
2008 1st Durbanville
2009 3rd Gugulethu
2010 1st Durbanville
2011 TLC Mannenberg
2012 3rd Pinelands
2013 1st Pinelands & 1st Monte Vista (Tie)
2014 2nd Kenridge & 3rd Pinelands (Tie)
2018 1st Darling
2019 6th Rondebosch

Cape Times Cross Country winners of 2014: 2nd Kenridge and 3rd Pinelands