This weekend the 8th Spar Grand Prix Series kicks off in Cape Town at Green Point Stadium. The series consist out of 5 races, to be held in Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Durban, Pretoria and Johannesburg.
The Spar 10km series are by far the most popular and competitive races for the elite ladies athletes in South Africa. Runners accumulate points throughout the series, the winner of each race earns 20 points and an extra 10 points are up for grabs when runners beat the target time. At the end of the series the runner that accumulated the most points drives away in a brand new Nissan Micra. The Runner up walk away with R30 000 and third placed lady with R17 500. Cash prizes are up for grabs for the top 15 ladies in the Grand Prix series.
This series definitely lifted the overall quality of women's distance running in South Africa and we have seen more and more ladies dipping under 33min for the 10km.
Former Cape Town runner, Nolene Conrad is currently leading the South African 2014 10km list with a time of 33:37 which she set at the SA 10km Championships in Bloemfontein. Nolene is busy with her final preparations for her marathon debut later this month in Hanover, Germany. The time to beat on Sunday is 33:10min, which is Rutendo Nyahora (Zimbabwe) winning time of last year.
Spar is definitely good for women's running in SA!
The 2014 Spar Grand Prix Series Dates are:
6 April Cape Town
3 May Port Elizabeth
24 August Durban (date change)
30 August Pretoria
12 October Johannesburg