Ev­er­green Bos­man sets her sights on re­cap­tur­ing Com­rades ti­tle

The New Age (Free State) - - SPORT - NEVILLE KHOZA nevillek@the­newage.co.za

CHARNE Bos­man has set her sights on re­claim­ing the Com­rades Marathon ti­tle in June – start­ing the year on a pos­i­tive note by win­ning the John­son Crane Hire marathon in Benoni in a time of 2:54.59 last month.

Bos­man will con­tinue with her prepa­ra­tions when she lines up for the Bestmed Tuks marathon at the Univer­sity of Pre­to­ria on Satur­day.

The 42 year old is not plan­ning on slow­ing down any­time soon. She wants to re­claim the crown from reign­ing cham­pion Camille Her­ron.

Bos­man also clocked an im­pres­sive time of 1 hour 20 min­utes in a half marathon this year, prov­ing she’s still got a lot of speed to count on.

“I might be 42 but it feels like I am 30. Age is not a hand­i­cap. I be­lieve I still can achieve any­thing I set my mind to,” Bos­man said.

Her plan is to fin­ish the Bestmed marathon in a time of 2 hours and 52 min­utes to im­prove on her time in the John­son Crane marathon.

“Some­times you run a faster time than you ex­pected. But the op­po­site is also true. I have run races where I ex­pected to run a fast time but it turned into a bat­tle of sur­vival.”

Bos­man views the Bestmed marathon as her stomp­ing ground. “I do a lot of my train­ing at the HPC and Tuks, so it is like a home away from home.”

She con­sid­ers her par­tic­i­pa­tion as the hard train­ing nec­es­sary for the build up to the Com­rades.

“In the past, I used to do most of my train­ing on my own which at times gets to be dif­fi­cult.

“The good thing about train­ing with the Kenyans is that they cre­ate a sort of check and bal­ance for me.

“On a day when I need to be fast they make sure I do so even if it means they have to gang up on me. The same goes for when I need to re­cover.”

Mean­while, the Com­rades Marathon or­gan­is­ers have con­firmed that the sub­sti­tu­tion process will open at the end of March un­til April 25.

This means run­ners who were un­able to en­ter the race dur­ing the of­fi­cial pe­riod will have an op­por­tu­nity to still be part of the ul­tra-marathon on June 10 via the sub­sti­tu­tion process.


GO­ING ALL OUT: Charne Bos­man is de­ter­mined to win this year’s Com­rades marathon.

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