Nedbank runner Irvette van Zyl took her third SPAR Women’s Challenge win of the year in the 10km race at Kings Park in Durban yesterday.
Cornelia Joubert and Diana-Lebo Phalula, both of Boxer, took second and third respectively.
Van Zyl ran side by side with Nedbank’s Rutendo Nyahora until the three kilometre mark, when she surged into the lead.
“I had a fall in training two weeks ago and hurt my knee,” said Van Zyl.
“I thought about not running but I wanted to make sure that I didn’t fall too far behind in the Grand Prix series.”
Van Zyl said she was shocked when she had built up a big lead after six kilometres because her training did not go as well as she would have liked.
Her focus will now shift to the marathon at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in August.
“Winning races gives you confidence but I also get confidence from training.
“When I went to the Olympics in London it was quite overwhelming and I think I will be better prepared this time because I know what to expect.”
Joubert said she was thrilled with second.
“Last year I came fourth with a better time but I’m so happy to have come second. I trained very hard.”
View the full results here.