Kalmer’s Clean Heels

by | Oct 15, 2006

Rene Kalmer (Liberty-Nike) showed she was well and truly on the way to recovery when she won the Johannesburg Spar Women’s 10km Challenge on Sunday.


Kalmer has been troubled by a debilitating and persistent viral infection and a series of injuries that have held her back for the past two years, but on Sunday she went into the lead early in the race, and stayed there to win the race in 35m55.

Marelize Retief of Tuks finished second, in 37m33, with Maxine Heine-Wacker (Harmony) third in 38m22.  Heine-Wacker was also the first junior home.“It was quite a difficult course, but I enjoyed it,” said Kalmer. 


“There were some tough hills, but they don’t worry me too much.”At one stage Catherine Nkosi (Harmony) threatened to take over the lead, but Kalmer said she was not concerned about her.

“I could hear from her breathing that she was battling a bit on the hills, and as the second part was the very hilly part, I knew I would be able to stay ahead of her.”Nkosi finally finished in sixth position.

Kalmer said her victory was gratifying, because it showed she was on the way to recovery.  “I am planning to have a good go at the South African 10km championships in Stellenbosch next week,” she said.

Rene Kalmer leading the SPAR Women's 10km Challenge in Johannesburg. Kalmer went on to win the race in 35.55mins.  Marelise Retief was second, followed by Maxine Heine-Wacker.

“I like running at sea-level, and I want to see how I go against some of the other top runners.  It’s all part of my campaign to come back strongly next year.

“But I’m very happy I won because it made missing the Currie Cup final worthwhile,” she added.

Bloemfontein-based Kalmer had to choose between running in the Challenge of watching her boyfriend, Cheetahs prop Jannie du Plessis, play against the Bulls on Saturday.  “I really wanted to be there, but winning today makes it all worthwhile,” she laughed. 



ResultsSPAR Women’s 10km Challenge with Bokomo, Old Parktonian Sports Club

Sunday 15th October 2006 Open

  1. Rene Kalmer – Liberty (35:55)
  2. Marelize Retief – Tuks (37:33)
  3. Maxine Heine-Wacker – Harmony (38:22)
  4. Nicolene van Rooyen – Tmp (38:39)
  5. Selina Mofokeng – Lekoa (38:41)
  6. Catherine Nkosi – Harmony (38:46)
  7. Mapaseka Makhanya – Absa UJ (38:55)
  8. Catherine Remoy – Tmp (38:55)
  9. Portia Ngwenya – Tsakane (39:00)
  10. Vicky Cotter – Run/Walk for Life (39:11)

 Juniors (19 years and younger)

  1. Maxine Heine-Wacker – Harmony (38:22)
  2. Selina Mofokeng – Lekoa (38:41)
  3. Portia Ngwenya – Tsakane (39:00)

 Veterans (40-49 years)

  1. Sarah Mahlangu – Liberty (42:12)
  2. Martie Naude – Harmony (42:19)
  3. Judie Pace – RAC (43:22)

 Masters (50-59 years)

  1. Sonja Laxton – RAC (41:39)
  2. Wendy Bloom – Wanderers (46:40)
  3. Gail Hurry – TNP (48:58)

 Grand Masters (60+ Years)

  1. Sarah Hackney – Boksburg AC (54:55)
  2. Wendy Wilkens – RAC (55:20)
  3. Hazel Quiliam – Roodepoort AC (1:28:15)

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