De­fend­ing cham­pion Bos­man won’t worry about the op­po­si­tion

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - MATSHELANE MAM­ABOLO

YOU WOULD ex­pect Charne Bos­man’s main goal as she heads into the 92nd edition of the Com­rades Marathon to­mor­row to be the de­fence of her ti­tle.

A win­ner of the down run last year, Bos­man is among the favourites for this year’s up run and many are al­ready talk­ing of her em­u­lat­ing Frith van der Merwe and win­ning The Ul­ti­mate Hu­man Race back to back.

Bos­man’s mind though is set on per­sonal goals that, if achieved, could well cat­a­pult her into those other glo­ri­ous achieve­ments.

“All I’d love to do is run faster than I did two years ago,” says Bos­man.

“Of course it would be nice to win. But I never fo­cus on that or any other runners at the race. I al­ways run my own race and I be­lieve I’ve pre­pared well for this year. I’ve just ar­rived in Dur­ban hav­ing spent a good 27 days of train­ing in Graskop. So I am here to just give it my best.

“I made a lot of sac­ri­fices and I have trained hard,” Bos­man says “I did a 6hr23 in 2015 and my goal this year is to go faster than that.”

Back then, Bos­man fin­ished sec­ond be­hind Caro­line Wost­mann with whom she swapped po­si­tions as she cap­tured the holy grail of lo­cal road run­ning.

“I also want to run a nega- tive split. My aim is to go faster in the sec­ond half than in the first half. I am back from some in­ten­sive train­ing in the moun­tains and now it is time to run.”

That her ri­val Wost­mann won’t be com­pet­ing is not even on Bos­man’s mind. Nei­ther is the fact that there are some top in­ter­na­tional runners such as Camille Her­ron and Jas­min Nu­nige who are con­sid­ered po­ten­tial win­ners.

“I only fol­low my own race plan and I don’t bother about other ath­letes. Of course I am aware of them and their abil­i­ties. If any other ath­lete is bet­ter trained than me and they beat me, I can’t worry about that. For me, this is a race against the 86 or so kilo­me­tres.”

She does ad­mit though that it would be bril­liant to re­tain the ti­tle or even do so in record time.

“Of course you dream of such things and it would be a dream come true to re­tain the ti­tle and to break the record. But I am sim­ply go­ing to go out there and ex­e­cute the plan. I will lis­ten to my body and won’t even think of the record un­til maybe at the last 20km be­cause then I’ll be aware of how I am go­ing.”

Such has been her con­sis­tency in the last two races that you can bet it will go well, even to the ex­tent of her re­tain­ing her ti­tle. And who knows, maybe even in record time.

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