The performance of two South African female elite distance runners at the Valencia Marathon in Spain yesterday is a clear indication of the fantastic talent currently within the ranks of women’s distance running.
If the performance of Gerda Steyn and Nolene Conrad is anything to go by, 2018 is set to be a highly competitive year amongst SA’s female distance athletes.
Both Gerda (Nedbank Running Club) and Nolene smashed their previous marathon PB’s. Gerda took 14 minutes off her previous best to finish in 12th position in a time of 2:37:19. Nolene smashed her previous PB by 12 minutes, finishing in a time of 2:35:19, making her the fastest SA female marathoner of the year. These fantastic performances now rank Nolene and Gerda as 1 and 3 on the 2017 SA Marathon rankings. Gerda has had a massive jump from 10th to 3rd.
All in all an incredible day out for both these promising young runners.
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