Racing to a new course record at the Johnson Crane Marathon in Benoni over the weekend, Charné Bosman is showing the same form that saw her win her maiden Comrades Marathon in 2016.
Bosman said the idea was to gauge how her times compared to 2016 given the good form she has shown in recent weeks.
She exceeded her expectations winning the women’s race in a time of 2:44:52 to chop five minutes off her previous best time in the race from 2016.
“I remembered I ran the race in 2016 and I was in good shape in the year I won the Comrades Marathon,” Bosman said.
“I just wanted to run a 2:48 or a few seconds faster which would put me in a better head space.”
The 43-year-old posted her fastest ever inland time in the process for an early confidences boost as she builds towards this year’s Comrades race.
“Everything just came together for me on Sunday, I haven’t felt so good in a race for a long time,” Bosman said.
“I must say my new club (Murray & Roberts) is very supportive, they are at every big race and they supported me all the way along the route.
“It makes a massive difference if you are happy and you have a team that supports you.”
Bosman believes she could have posted a time of 2:43 edging her closer to her marathon personal best of 2:41.56 she clocked in George in 2012.
The former Comrades Marathon winner attributes the move to a new club and her return to coach Lindsey Parry to her recent resurgence. To add to her contentment, Bosman has signed a contract with sports brand New Balance this week.
“It is as if my running career has been revived…it is like a new beginning which is sometimes exactly what you need to get you to another level,” Bosman said.
“I am so grateful because I wouldn’t be able to do it without the support I am receiving.”
She will next compete in the Cape Peninsula Marathon in Cape Town on February 17 but will approach the race as a training run.