NARE CONSOLIDATES SPAR GRAND PRIX LEAD

NARE CONSOLIDATES SPAR GRAND PRIX LEAD

With three consecutive victories, Ethiopian runner Tadu Nare (Nedbank) has established an almost unassailable lead in the 2021 SPAR Grand Prix series, with a total of 75 points.

There has been considerable movement elsewhere on the points ladder, with consistently good performances proving invaluable. Fortunate Chidzivo (Retail Capital) has moved into second position with 64 points, after coming fifth in Pietermaritzburg, fourth in Cape Town and fifth in Durban.

Fortunate Chidzivo: Zimbabwean runner Fortunate Chidzivo (Retail Capital Langa) is in second position on the SPAR Grand Prix leader board after three races of six race series. Chidzivo finished fifth in the 2021 SPAR Grand Prix Durban on Saturday Picture Credit: Rogan Ward.

Kesa Molotsane and her Murray & Roberts teammate Cian Oldknow are in joint third position with 62 points each. Molotsane came fourth, second and tenth in Pietermaritzburg, Cape Town and Durban, while Oldknow finished sixth, third and seventh.

Kesa Molotsane2: South African runner Kesa Molotsane (Murray & Roberts) is in joint third position with her teammate, Cian Oldknow on the SPAR Grand Prix leader board after three races of six race series. Molotsane finished tenth in the 2021 SPAR Grand Prix Durban on Saturday. Picture Credit: Carl Fourie.

Glenrose Xaba (Boxer) is only in ninth position on the SPAR Grand Prix ladder, with 48 points, despite finishing second in Pietermaritzburg and Durban. This shows the importance of taking part in as many races as possible. Xaba missed the Cape Town leg because of a knee injury.

The 2019 overall Grand Prix winner, Namibian Helalia Johannes and her Nedbank teammate, three times SPAR Grand Prix winner Irvette van Zyl, are expected to return to the series at the Tshwane race on September 24, but they have a huge deficit to make up.

Leah Edwards (Kearsney) and Kira Ribbink (Murray & Roberts) are joint leaders in the junior category, with seven points each. Charne Bosman (Murray & Roberts) leads the 40-49 category, with 15 points, three ahead of teammate Janie Grundling, who was second in all three races.

Cian Oldknow1: South African runner Cian Oldknow (Murray & Roberts) is in joint third position with her teammate, Kesa Molotsane on the SPAR Grand Prix leader board after three races of six race series. Oldknow finished seventh in the 2021 SPAR Grand Prix Durban on Saturday. Picture Credit: Carl Fourie.

With two wins and a second place, Elmarie Pretorius (RunWalk For Life) leads the 50-59 category with 14 points and Judy Bird (Murray & Roberts) is top of the 60-69 category with three wins.

Murray & Roberts have a substantial lead in the club standings, with 370 points from 21 scorers. Nedbank are in second place, with 272 points from 11 scorers, followed by Boxer, with 184 from six.

2021 SPAR GRAND PRIX CALENDAR

Sunday, 22 August – Pietermaritzburg

Saturday, 4 September – Cape Town

Saturday, 11 September – Durban

Friday, 24September – Tshwane

Sunday, 3 October – Johannesburg

Saturday, 9 October – Gqeberha

SPAR GRAND PRIX WEBSITE

PLEASE SEE BELOW THE 2021 SPAR GRAND PRIX LEADER BOARD AFTER DURBAN

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