Meet Comrades champion Caroline Wostmann

Caroline Wostmann the winner of the 2015 Ladies Comrades marathon stands with medals that she won previously on 5 June 2015 in Pretoria. Picture: Christine Vermooten

Caroline Wostmann the winner of the 2015 Ladies Comrades marathon stands with medals that she won previously on 5 June 2015 in Pretoria. Picture: Christine Vermooten

Caroline Wostmann has taken the ultra-marathon world by storm with victories at the 56km Two Oceans and 87km Comrades races this year.

We sat down with the 32-year-old mother of two for a few minutes, to get to know a bit more about the country’s latest road running sensation.

The Citizen: How did you start running?

Caroline Wostmann: After I gave birth to Gabby I struggled to lose all the weight. I was 24 years old and worked at Deloitte at the time, so with work and the kids I was very busy, and I chose running because it seemed like the best exercise to get the most out of limited time.

The Citizen: What do you do for a living now?
Caroline Wostmann: I’m a management accounting and finance lecturer at the Wits School of Accounting.

The Citizen: How many children do you have?
Caroline Wostmann: My husband, Haiko, and I have two daughters, Gabriella (seven) and Isabell (four)

The Citizen: Where do you live?
Caroline Wostmann: We live in Pretoria, and I work in Joburg, so I leave home at 4.45am to get in a run with a training group at Wits before work.

The Citizen: What car do you drive?
Caroline Wostmann: A Volkswagen Jetta.

The Citizen: Are there any electronic devices you could not live without?
Caroline Wostmann: My phone, and my Garmin. I’m addicted to the Garmin running app.

The Citizen: Do you follow a specific diet?
Caroline Wostmann: Not really. I eat a lot of fruit, vegetables, meat, pretty much what most health-conscious people would eat. I find I also need carbs, but I stay away from the normal things like cake, chips and sweets. I’ll have a chocolate if I feel like one, but I try and cut out sugar as much as possible.

The Citizen: Will you be running the ‘down’ Comrades next year?
Caroline Wostmann: Yes, that’s the plan I’m working on with Lindsey (Parry, coach). There’s something about coming back and winning again. That way you’re able to prove you’re meant to be there, it’s a way to really make your mark.


 


 

 


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