Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
3 minute read
24 Nov 2019
9:49 am

Women in Sport: Stocky Xaba rapidly running herself into record-breaking contention

Wesley Botton

She might not quite be ready yet to push the likes of Gerda Steyn close, but this versatile runner is improving consistently.

Glenrose Xaba of AGN wins the senior women's 10km during the 2018 ASA Cross Country Championships at Nelson Mandela Bay University on September 08, 2018 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. (Photo by Roger Sedres/Gallo Images)

At this stage last year, Glenrose Xaba had already cemented her place among the country’s leading road runners, but after a superb 2019 campaign she has elevated herself into a new sphere. Carried by her strong, stocky frame, Xaba made heads turn with her recent step up to the half-marathon distance, and though it might be some time before she climbs another rung up the ladder. She has joined the likes of ultra-distance specialist Gerda Steyn and marathon star Irvette van Zyl in a virtual race to break the long standing national 42.2km record. As has become the norm in...