Updated: April 17, 2016

Irvette van Zyl is in good form heading into the London Marathon

Fresh off her win in the 5 000m final at the SA Senior Championships in Stellenbosch on Friday, Irvette van Zyl cruised to victory in the Spar Women’s Challenge 10km race in Cape Town on Sunday.
Warming up for her Olympic qualifying attempt at the London Marathon next week, Van Zyl crossed the line in 33:24, nearly half a minute clear of Zimbabwean Rutendo Nyahora who finished second in 33:52.
Defending Spar Grand Prix Series champion Lebogang Phalula took third position, a further eight seconds off the pace.
“I wasn’t planning to run fast,” Van Zyl said.
“My coach (Lindsey Parry) told me not to go under 33:20 because he didn’t want me too tired for the London Marathon next Sunday.
“I really didn’t expect to win, but everything went my way today.”
Nyahora, who qualified for the Olympic marathon with a 2:39:57 performance on debut in Vienna last week, said she had already recovered from that race.
“Everything went according to plan,” she said.
“I ran a marathon last week, so I knew I would be tired, but I ran better than I expected. The weather was perfect for running today.”
A record field of 27 532 women took part in the annual 10km race and 5km fun run, the first of five legs in the Spar Grand Prix campaign.
The second leg of the series will be held in Port Elizabeth on May 5.

* Full results are available in our Results section