By AMOGELANG RAMELA
THE road to the London Olympics is slowly narrowing down to the final show case in July and what better way to further train the athletes in the challenge of the tracks with the Spar Grand Prix woman marathon.
Today saw the launch of the annual women’s 10.5km marathon in Fourways, Jozi. The launch was embraced by the recent 2012 London Olympics qualifier Rene Kalmer as well as the two times Grand Prix Champion Irvette Van Blerk. The sixth edition of the Grand Prix marathon will be in the mother earth Cape Town.
Rene said not only does she see this as a positive challenge but a good build up towards the Olympics. “I am very happy about being one of participants although from ones perspective it might look like too much pressure as I also have to prepare for the London Marathon as well as the Olympics.” Sais Rene, “but I am positive about taking all these marathons as a good preparation.”
The two times champion winner Irvette Van Berk, has set the standard very high, which is also a challenge on its own as she has to keep up with her winning trend. Then again not only will she be in racing in the Grand Prix but she will also be preparing for the London Marathon as well.
The two Rene as well as Irvette have been representing the Nedbank team and winning trophies under the name. This can only mean that the Nedbank team is very high on unearthing talent whom are winners at the same time. Nick Bester from the Nedbank team said that, it is a good thing to win with our ladies because they invest a lot knowing that they are dealing with winners.
“We hope that we will also see positive results in this year’s Grand Prix, we at Nedbank support women’s marathons because we believe in them and the results they can bring us” said Nick of the Nedbank Marathon team.
The Grand Prix runners will compete for a first prize of a Nissan Micra Visia 1.2., which aims at taking the winner to and fro training sessions, the runner up will walk away with a cash Prize of R30 000 and the third placed athlete R15 000.