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Irvette wins, now for Durban!

Nedbank’s Irvette van Blerk coasted to victory in the Spar Women’s 10km Challenge at Supersport Park on Saturday afternoon, crossing the finishing line in 34min 26sec, more than half a minute ahead of her nearest rival, Zimbabwean Rutendo Nyhora.

Another Zimbabwean, Sharon Tavengwa finished third. Van Blerk, who won the South African 10km championship earlier this month and the national half-marathon champs earlier in the year, was delighted with her win ┬á”I went into the lead from the start, and I thought that if anyone wanted to run with me, I would handle it,” she said.

“After three kms, no-one was with me, and I just went for it.┬á By the last two kms, I eased off a bit, because I am running the Durban Challenge tomorrow morning, so I wanted to keep something in reserve.”

It was Van Blerk’s fourth win in five attempts at the Pretoria leg of the Challenge series. She said the new route in Centurion was a bit more challenging than the previous route at the Tuks sports grounds. “It was a more difficult route, because it had more hills,” she said.┬á “But I think that worked to my advantage, because my recent races included quite a few hills.”

Annerien van Schalkwyk, returning from injury came in fourth, in 35.50 minutes, followed by Miriam Tholi  (36.39), Samukeliso Moyo (36.48), and Thabita Tsatsa. Rene Kalmer, winner of the first two Challenge races in Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, finished in eighth position, in 37.08, followed closely by her sister Christine in 37.11. Catherine Skosana was 10th in 37.15.

The leading runners barely had time for the sweat to dry before they had to race to the airport to catch a flight to Durban for the Durban Challenge at Moses Mabida Stadium on Sunday morning.

“There’s no recovery time at all,” said Van Blerk. “I just hope the legs will hold out. I would be very happy if I could win tomorrow, but it’s different running at the coast, and there are a few runners who could challenge me. “But most of us ran this afternoon, so we are all in the same boat.”


1 Irvette van Blerk Nedbank 34:26, 2 Rutendo Nyhora Nedbank 34.59, 3 Sharon Tavengwa Nedbank 35:08, 4  Annerien van Schalkwyk Nedbank 35:30, 5  Miriam Tholi Tuks 36:39, 6 Samukeliso Moyo Mr  Price 36:48, 7 Thabita Tsatsa Mr  Price 36:55, 8 Rene Kalmer Nedbank 37:08, 9 Christine Kalmer Nedbank 37:11, 10 Catherine Skosana Transnet 37:15

Women 40-49
1 Tessa Burrell Gauteng Striders 39.23, 2.Ansie Viljoen Irene 42:22, 3.Lettie Saayman 44:08

Women 50-59
1.Maietjie Ceronio Nedbank 45:15, 2.Lynette Fisher Tuks 45:5, 3.Olga Howard Celtic 46:52

Women 60+
1.Sonja Laxton Rand Athletic Club 44.54, 2.Sarie Du Toit PMK 48.21, 3.Penny Visser Breakthru Midrand 51:21

Junior women
1.Nandipha Dywili Mr Price Trans 39:4,0 2.Lusanda Bomvana Mr Price 41:11, 3.Jean-Marie Cooper Khoza 41:18