Top runners spearhead race

2018-03-20 06:00

The Bellville Stadium will host the Cape Town leg of the Spar Women’s 10km Challenge Grand Prix series on Sunday.

Some of South Africa’s top road runners will spearhead the race, which has again attracted over 20 000 runners.

The 10km run starts and finishes at the stadium.

Last year’s winner of the Cape Town race and overall winner of the Grand Prix series, Kesa Molotsane, will be at the start.

The Kovsies (University of the Free State) distance runner, who was better known for her exploits on the track, has taken road running by storm.

In the opening leg of the Grand Prix 10km series in Cape Town in April last year, she charged across the line in a personal best of 32:59. She was edged out by Louisa Leballo, who was later disqualified and banned for eight years on doping charges. With Leballo scratched from the results, Molotsane was promoted to first place, earning her maiden Grand Prix victory.

She went on to win the Port Elizabeth and Pietermaritzburg legs, and finished on the podium at all three of the other series races in Durban, Pretoria and Johannesburg to secure top spot in the points table.

A superb maiden season on the road saw her receiving the R173 000 winner’s cheque at the Spar Women’s Grand Prix awards ceremony at the end of the year.

All eyes will be on her for a repeat performance when she lines up for the start of the first Grand Prix series race on Sunday­.

Also at the start will be Rene Kalmer, back on track after giving birth to a baby girl last year. Runners of the calibre of Irvette van Zyl, Rutendo Nyahora, Lebo Phalula and Kalmer’s sister, Christine, will all be fighting it out for top honour.

The 10km runners start at 07:00, the walkers at 07:30 and the 5km racers at 08:00. Besides position prizes, there will be plenty of lucky draw prizes and entertainment for those who stay for the prize-giving.


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