Top class field set for Stellenbosch

FILE PICTURE: Rene Kalmer (Left). Photo by Reg Caldecott/Gallo Images.

A top-class field will line up for the the Totalsports Women’s Race in Stellenbosch on August 10.

René Kalmer, Mapaseka Makhanya, Cornel Joubert, Lebo Phalula and Yolande Maclean have all confirmed their participation for the event in what could produce fast times in a flat route. Kalmer said she was looking forward to the race.

“I can’t think of a better place to celebrate National Women’s Day. I’ve been battling with a hip injury, so this will be a good test of my fitness,” said Kalmer. “I will be really happy to have a pain free race. Running a 33 minute, 10km race would be a bonus.”

Makhanya, Joubert and Phalula will make their Women’s Race Stellenbosch debut on the day. “I’ve heard that the 10km route is fast,” said Makhanya.

“My goal is to do my best and enjoy the race as much as possible. I will be my toughest competition. I always want to do better than the last race.” According to Joubert, she placed first at the Totalsports Women’s Race in Johannesburg in 2013, but has yet to compete in Stellenbosch.

“My goal is to finish in the top five. Anything better will be a bonus. It’s great that the event is held in honour of women and it’s really nice to have PinkDrive involved as we’re reminded about the importance of looking after ourselves.”

Lebo Phalula recently shared a victory with her twin sister, Lebogang at the Women’s Race in Durban completing the 10km route in 33 minutes 44 seconds. “I would like to break a South African road record, so time will be my most challenging competitor. It’s a privilege to have a race that is specifically for women. It motivates us to stay healthy, and encourages women to never give up.”

Taking place the day after National Women’s Day, the Totalsports Women’s Race supports PinkDrive, a Non-Profit Company (NPC) that is committed to improving breast cancer awareness, education, and providing and offering services to women across South Africa.

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