South African athlete Glenrose Xaba won the SPAR women’s 10km Challenge Grand Prix series after the final race took place in Johannesburg on October 7.
The 23-year-old became the eighth athlete to win the series after claiming a total of 104 points.
She and three other runners were disqualified in Pietermaritzburg for taking the wrong route, but it did not prevent her from winning the title and prize money of R185 000.
“I’m very happy to have won the Grand Prix,” said Xaba.
“The prize money is very important to me, but what is more important is that I feel very humbled to be ranked alongside runners like Kesa [Moletsane] and Irvette [van Zyl]. I’m proud of what I have achieved.”
This year’s runner-up was Zimbabwean Rudo Mhonderwa, who placed fourth three times, fifth once and sixth twice. She earned 97 points and the second prize of R60 000.
Her fellow countrywoman Rutendo Nyahora was third with 92 points and R35 000 prize money.
Last year’s winner Kesa Moletsane finished in fourth place with 91 points.
Three-times Grand Prix winner Irvette van Zyl finished fifth on the log with 85 points.