The Spar 10km Grand Prix Series cannot come soon enough for prominent road runner Kesa Molotsane. The Grand Prix is a series of six races ran in six cities – Cape Town, Durban, Pietermaritzburg, Gqeberha, Tshwane, and Johannesburg. The overall winner on points walks away with the grand prize of R190 000.
Tadu Nare of Ethiopia walked away with the big prize last year. Nare completed a clean-sweep winning all the six races on offer.
But Molotsane, who won the title in 2017, believes that local athletes can prevent the title from leaving the country:
“By the look of things I’ve seen great performances so far in the beginning of the year already especial with middle distances and long distances athletes around the country
“I think moving into the Spar Grand Prix I am looking forward to see most of these ladies’ so at least we can make it more fun and more challenging for other athletes as well.
I think we already have a base of what we are looking into this season because of what we have seen in the previous season with the Ethiopian lady taking a clean-sweep so if we can have an athlete or two from our land to challenge that it will be amazing” said Kesa Molotsane
The competition was cancelled in 2020 due to Covid-19 pandemic while the 2019 edition was won by Helalia Johannes of Namibia. The dates and venues of the six races will be confirmed at the launch in Cape Town on 10 May.
Molotsane urged top runners Taylor Kavanagh, Glenrose Xaba, and Irvette van Zyl to end the foreign dominance.
The 30-year-old professional athlete says she hopes to see new faces at this year’s races and she believes that new talent will push local runners to run fast times.
By Charles Baloyi