Conrad dashes to a personal best 10km in the desert. | SASCOC - SASCOC

Conrad dashes to a personal best 10km in the desert.

National cross-country trials champion Nolene Conrad hot-footed it to a personal best 10-kilometre tim win Morocco at the weekend, writes Mark Etheridge.
The tiny Gauteng athlete clocked 33min 20sec for fourth place overall in the Asta International 10km in Taroudante. Before the weekend her previous best time was 33:27.
‘I was just so happy to run a personal best,’ schoolteacher Conrad told Road to Rio 2016 before her return to Cape Town.
‘It was a very long travel to get here, we left South Africa on Thursday evening and only got here on Friday evening.
‘The race conditions were very hot and the temperature climbed as the race went on. My chest was burning at 3km already because the air was just dry and not humid at all.
‘I ran quite fast for the first 5km (15.56) which is also my PB over that distance. Unfortunately it was a pace too fast to maintain for the whole race but i tried to just hold on as best I could. I paid the price in the last 2km and my pace slowed.
‘Until 8km I was on pace for 33min but I’m still grateful with the new PB and am happy that I’m improving. It was really exciting to run a fast 10km again, just a pity that I’ll miss out on the first Spar Ladies 10km in Cape town on 28 March as it would have been an ideal opportunity to try and go faster again.’
Next up for Conrad is World Cross-Country Championships in China, the same date as the Spar Ladies Race. ‘I’m hoping to do well there,’ she said.

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