Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
2 minute read
25 Oct 2020
8:00 am

A big thumbs up to our top road runners, who’ve flown the SA flag with pride

Wesley Botton

From the United Kingdom to Poland, and from Cape Town to Potchefstroom, the results have been excellent and hugely encouraging.

Long distance runner Gerda Steyn has been in great form, despite the worldwide lockdown. Picture: Getty Images

While many of us might have been left languishing during the lockdown, struggling to retain basic fitness levels, it seems elite local athletes have been training harder than ever before. Perhaps their performances have been powered by pent-up frustration, but whatever the driving factor, South African athletes have quite literally hit the ground running. First, in London three weeks ago, Gerda Steyn delivered a superb result by finishing seventh at the London Marathon in 2:26:51, narrowly missing out on Colleen de Reuck's long-standing national 42km record. Then, last week, a handful of Steyn's compatriots proved she was not alone in...