Xaba set to de­fend ti­tle

...since then she has been in dan­ger­ous form, never fin­ish­ing be­low sec­ond in any of the eight 10km races she has run this year.

Inner City Gazette - - News - By Staff Re­porter news@in­ner-city-gazette.co.za

An in form Glen­rose Xaba is look­ing to keep her win­ning streak of 2018 go­ing as she pre­pares to de­fend her FNB Joburg 10K CITYRUN ti­tle on Na­tional Her­itage Day (Mon­day, 24 Septem­ber).

Xaba started the sea­son with an em­phatic state­ment, clock­ing a mas­sive per­sonal best over the 10 000m at the Gaut­eng North Provin­cial Cham­pi­onships on 24 Fe­bru­ary this year, cov­er­ing the 25 laps in 32:59.05. Only three South Africans have ever gone faster on the track, Elana van Zyl Meyer (30:52.51), Colleen de Reuck (31:56.00) and

Do­minique Scott (31:51.47). To prove that her sub 33 min clock­ing was no fluke, Xaba ran a per­sonal best in a 10km in Port El­iz­a­beth on 07 April, break­ing the tape in 33:21. Since then she has been in dan­ger­ous form, never fin­ish­ing be­low sec­ond in any of the eight 10km races she has run this year.

“My sub 33 on the track was a bit of a sur­prise. I knew I was in good shape, but I had no idea how good. The time showed me that I could run re­ally well over the 10km this year which is my fo­cus.” At the age of 24, Glen­rose has no ambition to race any­thing be­yond 10km. “I will look at the half marathon maybe in three years, but for now I want to fo­cus on the 10km.”

“I know that course is fast and flat and there will

be good com­pe­ti­tion, so I want to run my best there. It will also be the last race of the sea­son for me. But I do want to de­fend my ti­tle in Joburg. It was that race that started my solid run­ning streak, so de­fend­ing the ti­tle is im­por­tant to me.”

Glen­rose will be de­fend­ing an­other ti­tle this week­end, the SA 10km Cross Coun­try Cham­pi­onship ti­tle in PE on Satur­day, 08 Septem­ber. “Cross Coun­try is tough. It makes you tough, so it will be per­fect prepa­ra­tion for the 24th. Also if I win again (Cross Coun­try), I am vir­tu­ally guar­an­teed a place on the SA Team to the World Cham­pi­onships in March next year.” Af­ter PE, Glen­rose will have two weeks to re­cover be­fore de­fend­ing her FNB Joburg 10K CITYRUN ti­tle.

Pic­ture: To­bias Gins­berg

Glen­rose Xaba claims gold at the 2017 FNB Joburg 10K CITYRUN.

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