Seen here: Glenrose Xaba claims gold at the 2017 FNB Joburg 10K CITYRUN.
Photo Credit: Tobias Ginsberg
An in form Glenrose Xaba is looking to keep her winning streak of 2018 going as she prepares to defend her FNB Joburg 10K CITYRUN title on National Heritage Day (Monday, 24 September).
Xaba started the season with an emphatic statement, clocking a massive personal best over the 10 000m at the Gauteng North Provincial Championships on 24 February this year, covering the 25 laps in 32:59.05. Only three South Africans have ever gone faster on the track, Elana van Zyl Meyer (30:52.51), Colleen de Reuck (31:56.00) and Dominique Scott (31:51.47). To prove that her sub 33 min clocking was no fluke, Xaba ran a personal best in a 10km in Port Elizabeth on 07 April, breaking the tape in 33:21. Since then she has been in dangerous form, never finishing below second in any of the eight 10km races she has run this year.
“My sub 33 on the track was a bit of a surprise. I knew I was in good shape, but I had no idea how good. The time showed me that I could run really well over the 10km this year which is my focus.” At the age of 24, Glenrose has no ambition to race anything beyond 10km. “I will look at the half marathon maybe in three years, but for now I want to focus on the 10km.”
She hinted that she would be targeting a 10km personal best at the FNB Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN on Sunday, 14 October 2018. “I know that course is fast and flat and there will be good competition, so I want to run my best there. It will also be the last race of the season for me. But I do want to defend my title in Joburg. It was that race that started my solid running streak, so defending the title is important to me.”
Glenrose will be defending another title this weekend, the SA 10km Cross Country Championship title in PE on Saturday, 08 September. “Cross Country is tough. It makes you tough, so it will be perfect preparation for the 24th. Also if I win again (Cross Country), I am virtually guaranteed a place on the SA Team to the World Championships in March next year.” After PE, Glenrose will have two weeks to recover before defending her FNB Joburg 10K CITYRUN title.
EVENT INFORMATION: 2018 FNB Joburg 10K CITYRUN
Starting in front of FNB Bank City, runners (and walkers) will be treated to a 10km route experience that will highlight iconic landmarks and feature lively performances by a host of Joburg’s leading performing arts groups. Iconic landmarks to look out for will include: the Nelson Mandela Bridge, FNB Bank City, Constitution Hill, Mary Fitzgerald Square, Wits University and Ellis Park Stadium to mention just a few.
Monday, 24 September 2018
Start – FNB Bank City in Johannesburg
Finish – Mary Fitzgerald Square
Standard Entry: R170 (licensed) / R190 (unlicensed)
Gold Package Entry: R850 (licensed) /R870 (unlicensed)
Monday, 10 September 2018
PRIZE PURSE: The 2018 FNB Joburg 10K CITYRUN boasts an impressive Prize Purse of R250 000. Prize money has been allocated to the top 10 finishers in the Open Category (male and female). The winner of the 2018 event will take home an impressive R30 000 prize, while the 2nd and 3rd place finishers will take home R17 000 and R13 000 respectively. The top 3 finishers in the junior, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 and 70+ categories will take home R3000, R2000 and R1000 respectively. CLICK HERE to view the entire Prize Purse breakdown.
EXCITING ON ROUTE ACTIVATION: A highlight at the 2017 event, the exciting #ForeverFaster PUMA ‘Beat Bolt’ sprint will once again be the source of much excitement and #FastTimes. Runners will need to give their all over a 100m sprint (as part of the event route). This section of the route will be timed. The runner (male and female) to clock the fastest time over the 100m will take home a PUMA shopping voucher to the value of R10 000.
CHARITY SUPPORT: The FNB Joburg 10K CITYRUN will celebrate its 3rd anniversary in 2018. When entering online runners can choose to support one (or all three) of the event’s charities: the Johannesburg Heritage Foundation, the Johannesburg SPCA and the Reach For A Dream Foundation.
Official hashtag: #J10krun
About the FNB Run Your City Series:
FNB is proud to bring you the FNB Run Your City Series. The series encompasses three unique mass races namely the FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN, FNB Joburg 10K CITYRUN and the FNB Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN. The three races are about inclusivity for all as well as encouraging business involvement, family, world class achievement and fun for all participants.
FNB’s strategy is to engage with our clients and non-clients through healthy lifestyle activities, where we sponsor selected sporting events that allow us relationship building opportunities, ensuring that we enrich the communities and the lives of those around us. Through the runs, we encourage runners to run their city their way. We invite all runners back to the city to experience the rejuvenation, revival and renewed city centres.
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