Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
2 minute read
30 May 2021
8:00 am

Spar Grand Prix promises to be as close as it is thrilling

Wesley Botton

Local distance runners Gerda Steyn, Irvette van Zyl and Glenrose Xaba will be among the favourites to win the 10km Grand Prix prize.

Irvette van Zyl, seen here winning a Spar Women's 10km race in 2018, will be among the favourites for the 2021 series. Picture: Reg Caldecott/Gallo Images

Though the series has been won by a wide range of athletes over the years, it is rare for a real battle to be waged for top spot in the final standings of the Spar Women's 10km Grand Prix, with the winner of the campaign often decided before they even toe the line at the final leg. With organisers having confirmed, however, that the series will return next month after being scratched last year due to the pandemic, a tight contest is expected between a crop of in-form distance runners. None of them are new on the scene, but a...