Consistently producing age-defying performances, Charné Bosman hopes to remain one of the top Comrades Marathon contenders for years to come.
The 43-year-old former Comrades winner has found a new lease on her running under the tutelage of coach Lindsey Parry.
“I don’t ever think because am 43 that I should start to tone down on my goals as an athlete,” Bosman said.
“The hunger to excel and be the best is still as strong as the day I lined up to race for the first time.”
Bosman and Parry, who is one of the head coaches at TuksAthletics, decided to team up again after they had been apart for close to two years.
Parry said he believed his charge still had the potential to be in contention considering her current form.
“At 43 Charné is now faster than she was in 2016 when she won the Comrades,” Parry said.
“Recently she ran a 1:19 half-marathon which is her fastest time in five years. That to me is exciting.
“With the right training, there is no reason why she can’t go on to win gold at the Comrades for another seven years.”
Bosman said she realised she needed the guidance from a coach after going ‘solo’ for a year.
“When training on your own one tends to overdo things as you always believe more is better,” Bosman said.
“The biggest mistake I made last year was after winning the Loskop ultra-race is to go on to do my most intense week of training. I clocked 220km. After that my performance just kept on deteriorating.
“Lindsey has already got me thinking before doing this year as he knows what works for me and what not.”
Parry will be taking a more measured approach where they will be targeting specific races building towards the Comrades Marathon.
“Sometimes she will race so I can monitor her race speed, at other times she might just do a tempo run,” Parry said.
“Most marathons and ultra-races will just be for training.
Bosman, who recently signed with the Murray & Roberts Running Club, will be competing in the Cape Peninsula Marathon in Cape Town on February 17.