Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
1 minute read
10 Nov 2015
4:04 pm

Phalula receives Grand Prix accolade

Wesley Botton

“I would like to thank my sister who helped keep me motivated this year,” Phalula said.

FILE PICTURE: Lebogang Phalula. Picture: Lee Warren/Gallo Images

Lebogang Phalula was crowned Spar Grand Prix champion on Tuesday, receiving the series accolade for the first time in her career.

The 31-year-old distance runner clinched the overall title for the first time in her career, after winning two legs and finishing on the podium in all five races in the 10km series.

Her twin sister, last year’s series champion Lebo Phalula, took second place in the final rankings, with former winner Mapaseka Makhanya and
Johannesburg school teacher Nolene Conrad sharing third place.

“I would like to thank my sister who helped keep me motivated this year,” Phalula said.

“I was training alone, which is not easy, so I became lazy and I was going to focus on next year’s series, but Lebo got me up for morning
runs.”

Phalula, who confirmed she would focus on the track next year in an attempt to qualify for the Rio Olympics, received R150 000 for her  efforts in the annual women’s road running series.