Updated: January 31, 2016

Olympic marathon hopeful Irvette van Zyl and Comrades Marathon contender Charne Bosman produced stunning early-season performances on Sunday, coasting to victory in the women’s 21km and 42km races at the Johnson Crane Marathon in Benoni.
In her first half-marathon since returning to the road from pregnancy, Van Zyl stunned the field as she scorched through the looped course at altitude in 1:12:08, clocking her fastest time in nearly five years.
She finished 13th overall, and after setting a season’s best of 33:30 over 10km in Pretoria a week earlier, Van Zyl again proved she was on track for her Olympic qualifying attempt at the London Marathon in April.
Bosman, meanwhile, sent a warning to her Comrades opponents, producing a solid time of 2:48:52 to win the women’s 42km race.
The veteran athlete, who was second behind Caroline Wostmann at last year’s Comrades, gave an indication of her intent this season.
Van Zyl, Bosman and Wostmann are all coached by Lindsey Parry at the High Performance Centre in Pretoria.
Meanwhile, veteran Charles Tjiane, a two-time Comrades Marathon gold medallist, won the men’s 42km race at the annual Johnson Crane event in 2:23:46.
Multiple national half-marathon champion Lucky Mohale secured victory in the men’s 21km race in 1:06:46.
Former national marathon champion Desmond Mokgobu won the men’s 10km contest in 29:44 and Keneilwe Sesing bagged the women’s title in 35:34.

* Full results are available in our Results section