South African women’s ultra-distance running could hot up in 2019 with Irvette van Zyl reportedly looking to make her debut at the Old Mutual Two Oceans.
Nedbank Running Club announced its elite female team for the 2019 season revealing Van Zyl’s intention to step up in distance in 2019.
Van Zyl has been one of the country’s top female road runners over the last few years where she focused her attention on 10-kilometre, half-marathon and marathon races.
“Moving up in distance depending on an outcome of an international marathon in February, Van Zyl’s move up in distance will be eagerly anticipated,” Nedbank wrote in a release.
“Van Zyl has both the speed and strength necessary to win a race like Two Oceans.”
Van Zyl produced perhaps one of the best performances of her career when she stormed over the finish line at the 2018 Soweto Marathon in 2:33:43.
She obliterated the race record on the challenging, high altitude course to successfully defend her title.
Van Zyl, who had been in great form since she returned to the road after giving birth just five months before the Soweto Marathon, will be looking to edge closer to the South African record this year.
Nedbank Running Club’s elite female team boast some of the best ultra-marathon runners which include Two Oceans champion Gerda Steyn and Tanith Maxwell.
Steyn has made incredible strides over the last few years posting the fastest time by a South African in 2018 at the New York Marathon clocking a personal best of 2:31.04.
She finished in a creditable 13th place with the time launching her to sixth place on the South African women’s all-time list.
The club also has 2017 Comrades champion Camille Herron and runner-up Alexandra Morozova on their books.
But the exclusion of former champion Charné Bosman has raise some eyebrows with the stalwart of South African road running yet to announce her new team.
Nedbank Running Club team manager and former Comrades winner Nick Bester said in a response to a follower on Twitter that Bosman did not want to be part of the team.