Former winner Caroline Wostmann will not run next month’s Comrades Marathon in KwaZulu-Natal, her club has revealed.
“Following discussions with her coach and the club, it was a collective decision to withdraw due to her current fitness levels and consideration of her future running career and aspirations,” the KPMG Running Club said in a statement on Friday.
It had been a “tough and emotional” decision for Wostmann, the 2015 champion, who joined a couple of the other women’s contenders on the sidelines.
Her KPMG teammat Jenna Challenor had been forced to withdraw from her Comrades debut due to a stress fracture, while the Nedbank Running Club revealed recently that Dominika Stelmach of Poland had also pulled out due to injury, after taking second place at the Old Mutual Two Oceans ultra-marathon in Cape Town in March.
In their absence, the women’s race is expected to be contested between the likes of Two Oceans winner Gerda Steyn, defending ‘down’ run champion Charne Bosman and former 100km world champion Camille Herron of the United States, who won the ‘up’ run last year.
The 93rd edition of the Comrades Marathon will be held between Pietermaritzburg and Durban on June 10.