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Rene’s confidence boost

By Mark Etheridge

Versatile Rene Kalmer reckons her fine run at the weekend’s World Cross-Country Championships in Spain have given her valuable confidence for the remainder of the year.

Kalmer was best of the South African women, finishing 31st in the eight kilometre dash in a time of 27min 02sec, 2:04 down on Kenyan winner Vivian Cheruiyot (24:58).

“I’m very happy with my worlds,” said Kalmer. “I chose the right competition to do well because I haven’t done cross-country in┬á five years, so had to get used to it again.

“I think my track speed may have counted a bit against me because I started way too fast. But at worlds you have to take the risk. It was only my third 8km cross-country race and I saw it as a 8km race on grass. Up to now a 25km road race was easier for me than cross-country.

“Running well at a worlds really boosts one’s confidence for future international events. I must say the team spirit was awesome and SA took the team prize at the after party. The team management was also very professional and it all played a roll in SA’s overall performance. It was our best overall performance ever.”

Kalmer’s next serious outing will be Saturday’s interprovincial meeting at Germiston. “I’m running 5000 at both the Interprovincials and SA championships.”

Kalmer, hard in training for her international marathon debut in Prague, Czech Republic in May, also had encouraging words for friend and training partner Irvette van Blerk. “Irvie did awesomely well in NY [she ran a personal best 70:56 for the New York City half-marathon at the weekend! I think we will see some SA ladies dip sub-70 this year and it’s about time!”