South African 400m hurdler LJ van Zyl is looking ahead to the Bestmed Eden Street Mile Series this month with a touch of nervousness over a family showdown.
Looming large for the track star is a challenge against his wife, Irvette, who was due to run in the Rio Olympics marathon before being sidelined by injury.
LJ, a brand ambassador for the sponsors, said this was a perfect opportunity to resolve an issue about who would win a mile in a race between them.
“When Bestmed heard about this they suggested setting up the challenge in the Eden Street Mile Series.”
After confidently accepting the idea, LJ is now beginning to wonder about his chances.
“Initially I thought it would be fine, but her training in the last week has been amazing. She did a total of 10 x 1 000m with a minute’s rest in-between, while I could do only three. So I’m a little bit nervous.
The series comprises races in Oudtshoorn (December 17), George (December 20) and Hartenbos (December 22). The Van Zyls will run in the Family Mile at the Bestmed ATKV Street Mile in Hartenbos.
To add further interest to the series, the Bestmed Klein Karoo leg in Oudtshoorn will include a street mile for cyclists.
The second event, the Bestmed NMMU Street Mile, will take place on a scenic circular route through the NMMU George campus.
For more information, visit www.edenmiles.co.za.