Star Bloemfontein runner Kesa Molotsane won her second straight SPAR Women’s 10km Challenge in Port Elizabeth today, adding to her success in Cape Town last month.
In cool conditions, the KPMG runner broke the tape at Pollok Beach in Summerstrand in 33:46, ahead of Glenrose Xaba (Boxer) in 34:01 and Zimbabwean Patience Murowe (Nedbank) in 34:16.
Based in Bloemfontein, Molotsane said her preparations had been hampered by illness.
“The plan I had for the race did not materialise and that’s what happens sometimes,” she said. “But I was happy with the way it worked out in the end.”
With the Boxer team, featuring Xaba, well placed early in the race, Molotsane said she expected them to break away at some stage.
“When I saw that wasn’t happening I decided to go in front just past the 7km mark and managed to get ahead and hold that until the finish.”
Thousands of runners flooded the start venue for the 10km race and the equally popular 5km event, which got under way at 8am.
As they celebrated the Challenge’s 25th anniversary, SPAR Eastern Cape sponsorship and events manager Alan Stapleton said the race continued to be a special part of their annual calendar.
“It’s our flagship event in our sponsorship programme and has grown enormously since it began in 1993,” he said.
“It was special then and it continues to be a special race which has been embraced by the women in Nelson Mandela Bay.”