Kesa Molotsane has been biding her time to make her debut in the SPAR Grand Prix series, and the strategy has paid off after being placed first overall following the Durban leg of the series on June 11.
“I have waited for the right moment to choose my debut year,” said Molotsane. “This is not something you just decide to do overnight.”
Molotsane, who won the Port Elizabeth round last month, finished second in Durban, behind British athlete Tish Jones.
She also placed second at the opening round in Cape Town in April, losing to Louisa Leballo.
“The last race was a bit tough for me. It was a nice route but unfortunately my body and spirit were not in the right place,” said the 25-year-old.
The KPMG runner, who has a 21 point lead on defending champion Irvette van Zyl, said she would not count her chickens before they hatched.
Molotsane currently has a total of 78 points, followed by Van Zyl with 57 and 2015 winner Lebogang Phalula with 51.
“It is still very early for me to feel comfortable because anything can happen,” said the Bloemfontein runner.
“I have not reached a gap that would buy me some reassurance so I still have a long way to go,” she said. “I need to work hard.”
With such a strong field chasing the title, Molotsane said she would not underestimate anyone.
“Just about everyone is able to take this and you never really know who will be best prepared on the day of the competition.”
Molotsane said her goal would be to remain first on the ladder, but admitted that she was finding it hard to keep pushing after her busy track season.
“I am used to taking it easy at this time of the year, but it seems like I am working extra hard to maintain my fitness for the road races.
“I am still trying to find my balance,” she said.