Ethiopian runner, Tadu Nare (Nedbank) won her third successive 10km SPAR Grand Prix race on Saturday, 11 September 2021, when she won the women’s only Durban race in 32.07 minutes.
Glenrose Xaba (Boxer) was second in 32.59 minutes, followed by Gerda Steyn (Nedbank) in 33.07.
In Cape Town last week, Nare had a runaway victory, but she stayed closer to the group in Durban. It was only after 5kms that she pulled away.
Xaba, Steyn and Tayla Kavanagh (Murray & Roberts) had a ding dong battle for second place, with first one, then another pulling ahead.
Kavanagh started falling back towards the end of the race and Xaba pushed ahead in the final two kilometres. Kavanagh finished fourth in 33.27 minutes.
“It was a bit windy this morning, so I decided to stay with the group,” said Nare.
“I would like to have run a bit faster, but I needed to be pushed.”
Nare said she hoped to run a sub-31 minute race in the final race in Gqeberha next month. The next two races, in Pretoria and Johannesburg, are run at altitude, with slower times.
Xaba, who missed the Cape Town race because of a knee injury, said she had a good race.
“It was nice to run with Gerda. I wanted to keep up with Tadu, but I didn’t want to push too hard and maybe injure my knee again.”
Steyn, who flew in from Dubai on Friday, said she had a fantastic run.
“When I arrived yesterday, it was very windy, but the wind had dropped this morning and conditions were very good.
“We ran in a group and Glenrose pushed me all the way. I just couldn’t keep up with her for the last two kilometres.”
Steyn said all the runners were in awe of Nare.
“She’s very young and very talented and I think she has a very bright future.
“There are so few races at the moment, because of Covid-19, and I think we are all very grateful to have the SPAR Grand Prix races.
“I am preparing for my next marathon at the moment and the SPAR races help me with speed.”
Two former overall SPAR Grand Prix winners, Namibian Helalia Johannes and her Nedbank teammate, Irvette van Zyl, were scheduled to run in Durban but withdrew because of injury.
The next race is the Tshwane SPAR Grand Prix on National Heritage Day, 24 September, followed by the Johannesburg and Gqeberha races in October.
1 Tadu Nare (Nedbank) 32:07
2 Glenrose Xaba (Boxer) 32:59
3 Gerda Steyn (Nedbank) 33:07
4 Tayla Kavanagh (Murray & Roberts) 33:27
5 Fortunate Chidvizo (Retail Capital) 33:27
6 Mokulubete Makatisi (Maxed) 34:03
7 Cian Oldknow (Murray & Roberts) 34:14
8 Stella Marais (Nedbank) 34:22
9 Kyla Jacobs (Murray & Roberts) 34:24
10 Kesa Molotsane (Murray & Roberts) 34:28
Friday, 24 September – Tshwane
Sunday, 3 October – Johannesburg
Saturday, 9 October – Gqeberha
Photo 1 Caption: Ethiopian, Tadu Nare (Nedbank) wins the 2021 SPAR Grand Prix Durban on Saturday, 11 September 2021. Nare won the 10km race run in the Durban North Beach Precedent in a time of 32:07 minutes. Nare has now won three back to back SPAR Grand Prix races after winning the Pietermaritzburg, Cape Town and Durban races. Photo: Rogan Ward
With editing by gsport