Irvette van Zyl (Nedbank) took the win in the 10km SPAR Women’s Challenge at the Wanderers Sporting Club in Johannesburg today.
The 29-year old South African long distance runner led from start to finish to beat Mapaseka Makhanya and Rutendo Nyahora from Nedbank in 34:58 minutes and at the same time claimed the Grand Prix for the third time.
Van Zyl, who also won the first three races in Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and Durban, said that she knew what she had to do to win the Grand Prix.
“I got into the lead on the first uphill and decided that I was going to run my own race.
“If the others wanted to catch me, it was up to them,” said Van Zyl.
“I’m so happy to have won and I am so glad it’s over. I have had nightmares about this race for about four weeks.”
Van Zyl had to withdraw from the Olympic Marathon in Rio in August because of a stress fracture in her foot and since then she wanted to make up for her Olympic Games disappointment.
For more news, results and photos, see SPAR Women’s Challenge: Johannesburg.