As the Spar Grand Prix comes to an end this weekend in Gqeberha with the 6th and final race of the 2021 series, Nedbank RC athlete Tadu Nare will be looking to make it 6 out of 6.
Just as Nedbank RC teammate Helalia Johannes did by dominating the previous series with victories in each and every event, Nare has also posted fast times with big winning margins. Her 31:28 win in the Cape Town leg ranks as the 6th fastest ever time run on South African soil.
“My goal for this weekend is of course to win, but time is going to be very important for me,” says Nare. “All I need is for the weather to be ok and then I will be targeting to break 31 minutes.” The fastest time ever recorded in the Spar Grand Prix series belongs to Johannes who ran a Namibian national record of 30:59 from the Durban event.
“I am training for my first marathon next month in Barcelona so my strength is definitely there but I have also been working on my speed a lot,” said Nare. Earlier this year saw Nare compete in the Endurocad 1500m events where she was untouchable.
Joining her in Gqeberha will be a host of Nedbank RC teammates. Irvette Van Zyl, on the road to recovery from an injury has shown good form finishing 4th and 3rd in the last 2 events. “I am happy to be back on the road and it was a nice touch to run onto the podium again last week,” said Van Zyl.
Stella Marais and Patience Murowe have also shown good form with the duo never finishing out of the top 10 in the 5 completed events so far. They both will also be making their debut marathon attempts in the upcoming Cape Town Marathon.
Nare is well on her way to winning the Spar Grand Prix series and the first prize of R190 000. The question this weekend will not be so much as can Nare get a 6th victory, but how fast will she go.