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Trio’s mixed fortunes

By Mark Etheridge

With just over six weeks to run before the women’s marathon at the London Olympics, our three women’s representatives were all in action in Durban at the weekend as they fine-tuned their preparations.

Rene Kalmer, Irvette van Blerk and Tanith Maxwell, ended first, third and ninth respectively in the Spar women’s 10km road race.

Kalmer is clearly the form athlete of SA road running right now and her win in 34min 26sec smacked of confidence.

“Yes, my Olympic prep is going very well and I really couldn’t have asked for better form in an Olympic year,” she told Road to London 2012 this week. “I’ve won all my races so far this year so I’m very positive and excited about London.”

What made her win all the more impressed was that she’s currently logging up weekly mileage of between 180-200 kilometres. “I’m still busy with heavy mileage and very happy that I pulled off such a great win running on tired legs.

“It’s just short of six weeks now so I have at least another month of good training before my taper will start,” she said.

As for Maxwell, she wasn’t quite as happy with her form which saw her clock 35:42. “Actually it didn’t go well at all. I think the legs are a bit tired at the moment with the high mileage and I dropped off badly in the second half ÔÇô I had tree trunks for legs.”

But it’s not all bad news for the Durban athlete. “Otherwise the training’s going well and I’ve had some brilliant sessions. I raced the Mamre 15km on the West Coast (Cape) last weekend and the next day did a 4km long run with 15km of tempo on the roads outside Darling which was brilliant. London’s getting closer now and I can’t believe June’s drawing to a close already!”