The SPAR Grand Prix has reached the halfway stage, with three SPAR Women’s 10km Challenge races completed and three to go. Challenge newcomer Kesa Molotsane has moved into a 21 point lead on the SPAR Grand Prix ladder, after coming second in the Durban leg of the SPAR Women’s 10km Challenge on Sunday.
Molotsane was also second in Cape Town, and she won the Port Elizabeth race. She earned bonus points in both races, and has a total of 78 points. The current Grand Prix title holder, Irvette van Zyl, was third in Cape Town and second in Port Elizabeth, also earning bonus points in each. However, she was forced to drop out of the Durban race because of an injury. She has 57 points.
The 2015 Grand Prix winner, Lebogang Phalula, who was fourth in Cape Town, fifth in Port Elizabeth and third in Durban, is closing in on Van Zyl with 51 points.
Nolene Conrad and Mapaseka Makhanya, who won the Grand Prix in 2013, are in joint fourth position with 44 points.
The winner of Sunday’s race, British athlete Tish Jones, is in 12th position, with 30 points, after finishing within the target time. Jones did not compete in the first two races, but says she intends to run at least two more, which means she could challenge Moletsane before the final race in Johannesburg in October.
One of the outstanding achievers is Judy Bird, running in the 50-59 years category. She has been the first Master home in all three races, earning time bonus points in each, for a category total of 30 points.
At the halfway stage, KPMG is the leading club, with 292 points. Nedbank has 284, and Boxer is lying third, with 215.
The last three races will be run in Pretoria on August 5, Pietermaritzburg on August 20 and Johannesburg on October 8.
SPAR GRAND PRIX 2017
POS. OPEN CATEGORY CLUB C.T. POS PTS P.E. POS PTS DBN POS PS TOT. PTS
1 Kesa Molotsane KPMG 2 29 1 30 2 19 78
2 Irvette van Zyl Nedbank 3 28 2 29 DNF 0 57
3 Lebogang Phalula/ Boxer 4 17 5 16 3 18 51
4= Mapaseka Makhanya /Oli. 6 15 3 18 10 11 44
4= Nolene Conrad KPMG 7 14 4 17 8 13 44
6 Louisa Leballo Nedbank 1 30 9 12 DNS 0 42
7 Cornelia Joubert/ Boxer 5 16 8 13 11 10 39
8= Glenrose Xaba Boxer 12 9 7 14 6 15 38
8= Rutendo Nyahora Nedbank 9 12 11 10 5 16 38
10 Rhudo Monderwa Nedbank 8 13 12 9 7 14 36
11 Elizabet Arsedo Nedbank DNS 0 6 15 4 17 32
12 Tish Jones KPMG DNS 0 DNS 0 1 30 30
13 Jenna Challenor KPMG 10 11 17 4 12 9 24
14 Christine Kalmer /KPMG 11 10 14 7 20 1 18
15= Keneilwe Sesing KPMG 15 6 15 6 0 12
15= Bertha Chikanga /Maxed Elite DNS 0 DNS 0 9 12 12
17 Zintle Ziniwe KPMG DNS 0 10 11 DNS 0 11
18 Onneile Dintwe Nedbank 19 2 13 8 DNS 0 10
19 Simonay Weitsz Boxer 17 4 16 5 DNS 0 9
20= Loveness Madziva /Nedbank 13 8 DNS 0 DNS 0 8
20= Janie Grundling Boxer 16 5 DNS 0 18 3 8
20= Nicole Louw KPMG DNS 0 DNS 0 13 8 8
23= Patience Murowe Nedbank 14 7 DNS 0 DNS 0 7
23= Meseret Merine Nedbank DNS 0 DNS 0 14 7 7
25 Lineo Chaka/ Maxed Elite DNS 0 DNS 0 15 6 6
26 Janet Mbhele /Umzimkulu Str DNS 0 DNS 0 16 5 5
27= Bulelwa Simae /Nedbank 20 1 20 1 19 2 4
27= Nicole vd Merwe KPMG 0 0 17 4 4
29= Anet Coetzee KPMG 18 3 DNS 0 DNS 0 3
29= Marelise Retief Boxer 0 18 3 0 3
31 Tanith Maxwell Boxer DNS 0 19 2 DNS 0 2

JUNIOR CATEGORY
1 Simonay Weitsz Boxer 1 5 1 10 DNS 0 15
2 Nicole van der Merwe KPMG 2 4 DNS 0 2 9 13
3 Nicole Louw KPMG DNS 0 DNS 0 1 10 10
4 Chery-Lee Schoeman KPMG 0 2 4 3 3 7
5= Gianna Marais Maties 3 3 DNS 0 DNS 0 3
5= Amber Reyners Brandwag DNS 0 3 3 DNS 0 3
7= Razaan Kamaldien/ Carbineers 4 2 DNS 0 DNS 0 2
7= Vicky Oelofse /St. Albans DNS 0 4 2 DNS 0 2
7= Nomthandazo Memela DNS 0 DNS 0 4 2 2
10= Laila Abouzaid /Goodwood 5 1 DNS 0 DNS 0 1
10= Ayabonga Mandindi DNS 0 5 1 DNS 0 1
10= Nokukhanya Mtshali /Msinga DNS 0 DNS 0 5 1 1

40-49 YEARS
1 Janene Carey Boxer 1 5 3 8 2 4 17
2= Ronel Thomas Boxer 2 4 4 7 3 3 14
2= Bulelwa Simae Nedbank 0 2 9 1 5 14
4 Tanith Maxwell Boxer DNS 0 1 10 DNS 0 10
5 Obertina Kanyongo Nedbank 3 3 DNS 0 DNS 0 3
6= Coriaan de Villiers Nedbank 4 2 DNS 0 DNS 0 2
6= Delia Jay Dolphin Coast DNS 0 DNS 0 4 2 2
8= Busisiwe Matiwane Nedbank 5 1 DNS 0 DNS 0 1
8= Davera Magson Nedbank DNS 0 5 1 DNS 0 1
8= Omoshani Naidoo Phoenix DNS 0 0 0 5 1 1

50-59 YEARS
1 Judy Bird KPMG 1 10 1 10 1 10 30
2 Grace de Olivera Boxer DNS 0 DNS 0 2 9 9
3= Mariette Strauss Tygerberg 2 4 DNS 0 DNS 0 4
3= Janette Schierz-Crusius Body Concept DNS 0 2 4 DNS 0 4
5= Olga Howard Nedbank 3 3 DNS 0 DNS 0 3
5= Suretha Verwey Temp. DNS 0 3 3 DNS 0 3
5= Gail Babich Savages AC DNS 0 DNS 0 3 3 3
8= Renee Scott K-Way VOB 4 2 DNS 0 DNS 0 2
8= Johannette Oosthuizen Body Concept DNS 0 4 0 DNS 0 2
8= Roshini Natasen Highway AC DNS 0 DNS 0 4 2 2
11= Teretha Lourens Goodwood 5 1 DNS 0 DNS 0 1
11= Michelle van Iddelkinge Elite AC DNS 0 5 1 DNS 0 1
11= Debbie Hawley Swaziland DNS 0 DNS 0 5 1 1

60+ YEARS
1 Margie Saunders Nedbank DNS 0 1 5 1 10 15
2 Nancy Will Pinelands 1 5 DNS 0 DNS 0 5
3= Charmaine Cupido Nedbank 2 4 DNS 0 DNS 0 4
3= Hanlie v d Westhuizen Temp DNS 0 2 4 DNS 0 4
3= Blanche Moila Savages DNS 0 DNS 0 2 4 4
6= Veronica van Niekerk Elgin-Grabouw 3 3 DNS 0 DNS 0 3
6= Sonja Laxton RAC DNS 0 3 3 DNS 0 3
6= Colleen Peens Born2Run DNS 0 DNS 0 3 3 3
9= Helen du Plessis Brackenfell 4 2 DNS 0 DNS 0 2
9= Joan Marlborough Temp DNS 0 4 2 DNS 0 2
9= Merryl Duncan Forest Hills AC DNS 0 DNS 0 4 2 2
12= Teresa Snyman Temp 5 1 DNS 0 DNS 0 1
12= Renee Hawkridge BWB AC DNS 0 5 1 DNS 0 1
12= Gill Tregenna Westville DNS 0 DNS 0 5 1 1

CLUBS
1 KPMG 292
2 Nedbank 284
3 Boxer 215
4 Olifantsfontein 44
5 Maxed Elite 18