Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
2 minute read
12 Jun 2015
3:26 pm

Meet Comrades champion Caroline Wostmann

Wesley Botton

Caroline Wostmann has taken the ultra-marathon world by storm with victories at the 56km Two Oceans and 87km Comrades races this year.

Caroline Wostmann the winner of the 2015 Ladies Comrades marathon stands with medals that she won previously on 5 June 2015 in Pretoria. Picture: Christine Vermooten

We sat down with the 32-year-old mother of two for a few minutes, to get to know a bit more about the country’s latest road running sensation.

The Citizen: How did you start running?

Caroline Wostmann: After I gave birth to Gabby I struggled to lose all the weight. I was 24 years old and worked at Deloitte at the time, so with work and the kids I was very busy, and I chose running because it seemed like the best exercise to get the most out of limited time.

The Citizen: What do you do for a living now?
Caroline Wostmann: I’m a management accounting and finance lecturer at the Wits School of Accounting.

The Citizen: How many children do you have?
Caroline Wostmann: My husband, Haiko, and I have two daughters, Gabriella (seven) and Isabell (four)

The Citizen: Where do you live?
Caroline Wostmann: We live in Pretoria, and I work in Joburg, so I leave home at 4.45am to get in a run with a training group at Wits before work.

The Citizen: What car do you drive?
Caroline Wostmann: A Volkswagen Jetta.

The Citizen: Are there any electronic devices you could not live without?
Caroline Wostmann: My phone, and my Garmin. I’m addicted to the Garmin running app.

The Citizen: Do you follow a specific diet?
Caroline Wostmann: Not really. I eat a lot of fruit, vegetables, meat, pretty much what most health-conscious people would eat. I find I also need carbs, but I stay away from the normal things like cake, chips and sweets. I’ll have a chocolate if I feel like one, but I try and cut out sugar as much as possible.

The Citizen: Will you be running the ‘down’ Comrades next year?
Caroline Wostmann: Yes, that’s the plan I’m working on with Lindsey (Parry, coach). There’s something about coming back and winning again. That way you’re able to prove you’re meant to be there, it’s a way to really make your mark.