BRAND NEW START FOR COMRADES CHAMP CHARNÉ BOSMAN
by Michelle Carnegie
11 January 2019
A change is as good as a holiday, says former Comrades winner Charné Bosman after the announcement that she has signed with the newly formed Murray & Roberts Running Club. The 2016 Comrades Marathon champ and legendary veteran runner who seems to get better each year, will be turning out in the striking new black and yellow colours of the Murray & Roberts Running Club, after being a member of the Nedbank Running Club for the last four years.
“I am ready for a change. And on top of this I absolutely love the black and yellow colours of my new club, as it is so close to the colours of the Comrades Marathon, a race which everyone knows is very close to my heart.” Another motivating factor for her move is the fact that the Murray & Roberts Running Club is a proudly South African team, and they support South African runners. “Each and every runner on the team is from South Africa, and I love that. It is so important to firstly look after our own athletes,” said Bosman at the club launch yesterday of the headquarters of Murray & Roberts in Bedfordview.
Bosman, who is 43 and this year celebrates 20 years of being a professional runner, has also decided to return to her former coach and official Comrades coach Lindsey Parry, who coached her to her 2016 Comrades Marathon win. “For the last two years I didn’t have a coach, I did my own thing and I think it did have a certain effect on my performances over the last two years,” says Bosman. After her win at the Loskop Ultra last year she did her highest week of mileage yet, and she admits that she might have paid the price for this at last year’s Comrades Marathon, where she finished in fifth position.
Come 2019 it will be a whole different story. She will be aiming for a sixth consecutive gold medal at this year’s Comrades Marathon and under the watchful eye and expert guidance of Parry another Comrades win is definitely not out of the question, says Bosman.
She has amazed over the last couple of years as it seems each year she gets stronger and faster. “Age is just a number. I have been working very hard in the gym over the last year, and that has contributed to my early season strength this year. But I realize I need someone to help with specific training, especially for a race such as Comrades. It is a race you respect and you need to train specifically for it. Lindsey and I will be planning every step up to Comrades in the next day or so,” says Bosman.
She will be taking on the Two Oceans Ultra in April, but am not yet sure whether she will be racing it. “Comrades is my mail goal,” says Bosman, who is a member of the preliminary SA-Marathon team for the 2019 World Championships in Doha.
She is still very close to many of the athletes at the Nedbank Running Club and there are no hard feelings after she decided to bid them farewell. “I thought about the move carefully and am convinced that I made the right decision. Everything just fits,” says Bosman, who is a teacher by trade. She is very excited about getting involved further down the line in the Auckland Park-based Vorentoe Running Academy, which forms part of the running club’s development squad. “This was another motivating factor for me as there are many long term goals for me to achieve as part of this club,” says Bosman.
The Murray & Roberts Running team might be the new kids on the block but they certainly have put together one of the strongest running teams yet. Alongside Bosman other athletes on the elite team incluce René and Christine Kalmer, Jenna Challenor, Renier Grobler, Kesa Molotsane, Nolene Conrad, Benedict Moeng and Yolande Maclean. (More info on the team selection in a separate article on www.run24.co.za)
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