Van Zyl achieves personal best at Totalsports Ladies Race Stellenbosch

Runners at the start of the Totalsports Ladies Race in Stellenbosch on Saturday, 09 August 2014 in celebration of National Women’s Day.  Photo Credit:  Cherie Vale / NEWSPORT MEDIA

Runners at the start of the Totalsports Ladies Race in Stellenbosch on Saturday, 09 August 2014 in celebration of National Women’s Day. Photo Credit: Cherie Vale / NEWSPORT MEDIA

Irvette Van Zyl (Nedbank Athletics Club) had a stellar day of running on Saturday, 09 August 2014 claiming the 10km Totalsports Ladies Race Stellenbosch victory in a time of 32 minutes 20 seconds, a new personal best for this inspirational runner who recently returned from injury.

“I’m still in shock,” said a delighted Van Zyl.  “I was hoping for a time of 33:15, not once did I expect to achieve a new personal best.  Everything just went right today.  The route wasn’t easy.  There were a lot of turns with a few hills.  I knew Rene was close to me.  I kept hearing something behind me, but I think it was my pony tail hitting against my sun glasses”.

“I am very happy to have won two out of the three Totalsports Ladies Race events this year,” continues Van Zyl.  “Unfortunately I would have had to be in two places today had I wanted to win the Johannesburg race as well.  I am enjoying running again and am therefore very excited about what lies ahead. Rene and I will be celebrating Women’s Day for the rest of the week here in Stellenbosch”.  Rene Kalmer came in second, while Zintle Xiniwe finished third.

Alternative pop singer/songwriter and producer, Jimmy Nevis closed off the Women’s Day celebrations by serenading runners and spectators at the Coetzenburg Stadium.

The Totalsports Ladies Race supports PinkDrive, a Public Benefit Organisation (PBO) that is committed to improving breast cancer awareness, education, and providing and offering services to women across South Africa.  For more information on PinkDrive visit www.pinkdrive.co.za

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For more information on the Totalsports Ladies Race Stellenbosch visit www.totalsports.co.za.

RESULTS:

RESULTS:  Totalsports Ladies Race Stellenbosch 2014 – Provisional
Saturday, 09 August 2014
Race Pos Surname Name Cat Club Time
1 VAN ZYL IRVETTE Open NEDCGA 32:20:00
2 KALMER RENE Open NEDCGA 33:33:00
3 XINIWE ZINTLE Open NBMCWP 34:15:00
4 CHALLENOR JENNA Open   34:27:00
5 SIMAE BULELWA Open NEDWP 36:34:00
6 MOYIKWA PAMELLA Junior K-WAY VOB 36:53:00
7 HALL CANDYCE Open CARB 39:39:00
8 VAN GRAAN SANDRA Veteran EDGE 39:51:00
9 GWALA BUSISIWE Junior K-WAY VOB 40:19:00
10 ANS URSULA Veteran NBMCWP 40:37:00
11 LINKS SIMONE Junior EERSTE 40:55:00
12 VILJOEN HEIDI Open NBMCWP 41:13:00
13 HARRISON STEPHEN Open TEMP 41:21:00
14 DE LANGE SHERLY Veteran NBMCWP 41:30:00
15 ROSS CARIEN Veteran TEMP 41:54:00
16 STRAUSS MARIETTE Master TYGER 41:55:00
17 COUSINS CLARE Veteran K-WAY VOB 42:02:00
18 PETERS MATTHEW Open UCT 42:31:00
19 VIENINGS MARLIZE Open TYGER 42:42:00
20 DE VILLIERS ANNEMARIE Open STELLEN 42:51:00
21 HOOPER NICOLA Open TEMP 43:06:00
22 HOWARD OLAN Master TEMP 43:15:00
23 HAARHOFF NATALIE Open TEMP 43:36:00
24 SUNDELAND SHARON Veteran TEMP 43:37:00
25 ABDUROAF MUHAMMAD Open ITHEKO 43:39:00
26 WILL NANCY Grandmaster PINE 43:41:00
27 VALENTINE ERIN Junior HELD 44:02:00
28 BRINK ESTHER Veteran STRAND 44:13:00
29 JANTJIES DELICIA Open EERSTE 44:25:00
30 DU PLESSIS BERLIZE Open NBMCWP 44:28:00