The champ is back

2013-09-07 00:00

A DAY away from this year’s running of the Spar Women’s 10/5 km Race in Pietermaritzburg, the list of confirmed entries is hotting up.

Defending champion Poppy Mlambo is hoping to beat the time of 35:38 that she ran last year. Mlambo has won three times in the last four years, missing out in 2011 due to injury.

KwaZulu-Natal’s Jenna Challenor stepped up that year, doing her province proud by claiming victory. Challenor will be taking to the roads tomorrow after coming fifth in Pretoria’s Spar Women’s 10 km race held last Saturday.

Olympic marathon runner Tanith Maxwell joins the elite runners after her run in Moscow at the 2013 IAAF World Championships. Running personality Grace de Oliveira has also confirmed her entry and will lead the charge in her age group. Local young running sensation Klara Hartmann, together with her younger sister Natascha, will be leading the junior categories.

The new course promises to be more spacious and the two distances have no cross-overs. With the prize money sitting at a respectable R8 000 for first place in the Open category, the race looks to be highly competitive.

While online entries have now closed, there are still 1 000 places for manual entries, which will be taken at the Oval cricket ground today from 10 am to 3 pm. No entries will be taken on race day. For more information, contact the race organisers on maritzburg@sparwomensrace.co.za or visit the official race website www.sparwomens­race.co.za/pmb-home.html

Prize Money for the 2013 event

Open

1st: R8 000, 2nd: R6 000, 3rd: R4 000,

4th: R4 000, 5th R1 000

Junior

1st: R800, 2nd: R600, 3rd: R400

35 – 39

1st: R800, 2nd: R600, 3rd: R400

40 – 49

1st: R800, 2nd: R600, 3rd: R400

50 – 59

1st: R800, 2nd: R600, 3rd: R400

60+

1st: R800, 2nd: R200

9 – 11 (Spar Voucher)

1st: R300, 2nd: R200

12 – 15 (Spar Voucher)

1st: R300, 2nd: R200 — Witness Reporter.

The route map of this year’s Spar Women’s 10/5 km Race to be held in Pietermaritzburg tomorrow.

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