Who will take R173 000 home?


After the first two Spar Women’s 10k Challenge races, Kesa Moletsane and Irvette van Zyl have opened a wide gap between themselves and the other contenders on the Spar Grand Prix ladder.

Both earned time bonus points for the second time in the Port Elizabeth challenge last week. Moletsane, who won in Port Elizabeth and came second in the first race in Cape Town in April, has 59 Grand Prix points, while defending Spar Grand Prix champion Van Zyl, who came third in Cape Town and second in Port Elizabeth, has 57.

Read: Determined Irvette bags Spar Grand Prix – gallery

The Cape Town winner, Louisa Leballo, finished ninth in Port Elizabeth and has 42 points. Although she is 15 points behind Moletsane, she is not out of the picture. She scored bonus points in Cape Town and could do so again in Durban or Pretoria.

With four races to go, the Spar Grand Prix is still wide open. The eventual winner will probably need to run all six races to make sure of the grand prize of R173 000.

Van Zyl said after the race last week that bonus points would be key in determining the Spar Grand Prix winner this year.

Read: Spar Grand Prix is bigger and better

“Kesa and I both got bonus points here and we’ll have to try for bonus points in Durban and Pretoria. You can see how Louisa has dropped back by not getting the bonus points here – she has wiped out her 10-point advantage.”

Two former Spar Grand Prix winners, Mapaseka Makhanya (2013) and Lebogang Phalula (2015) are in joint fourth position, on 33 points, followed by Nolene Conrad with 31.

There has been a disappointment for Zimbabwean Rutendo Nyahora in the first year the Spar Grand Prix has been thrown open to non-South Africans.

Read: Irvette van Zyl wins the #SparWomensRace

After being a regular in the top five and with several wins to her name, Nyahora has only managed the ninth and 11th place and has a total of 22 points. She is in joint ninth place, with Rhudo Monderwa, on 22 points, behind Cornelia Joubert (29) and Glenrose Xaba (23).

The third race is in Durban on 11 June. The Pretoria and Pietermaritzburg races will be run on 5 and 20 August respectively and the Johannesburg race will be on 8 October.

Which runner do you think will win this year’s Spar Grand Prix? Like the Alex News Facebook page to post your comments.

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