Totalsports Women’s Race Durban results in a nail biting finish

Irvette Van Zyl photo credit Tobias Ginsberg

A record field of just under 7 000 runners and walkers gathered at the Berea Rovers Sports Club in Durban on Sunday, 17 July 2016 to partake in the much anticipated Totalsports Women’s Race in support of PinkDrive.

The 10km Totalsports Women’s Race unfolded into a battle between PUMA Ambassadors and reigning champions Lebo and Lebogang Phalula and Irvette Van Zyl.  The first 8km saw the trio running neck on neck, with the Phalula sisters working together to break Van Zyl’s stride.

Although a valiant effort, when Van Zyl finally laid down the hammer on the 9km mark, the Phalula sisters were unable to follow.  Van Zyl claimed a much deserved victory in 33 minutes 02 seconds.

Lebo Phalula Irvette Van Zyl and Lebogang Phalula photographed by Tobias Ginsberg

“Today’s race was close, but a win is a win,” says a very happy Van Zyl.  “The Phalula sisters really caught me off guard.  They are always a ‘wild card’ and know how to give you grey hairs.  Their running has definitely picked up in the last six weeks.”

“The race didn’t start off too fast, giving us time to warm up,” continues Van Zyl.  “The route featured quite a few turns, which broke our pace a bit.  The three of us stuck together up until the 9km mark, with the Phalula’s working as a team.  I broke away, not knowing whether they’d be able to follow.  I am really happy with the win.  My legs didn’t feel too fresh on the day, but I cannot complain considering the past week’s training sessions.  The Totalsports Women’s Race really is an awesome, well managed event.  The atmosphere on the day is great.  By the time that the race starts you feel pumped up and excited to run.”

Lebogang secured the second spot on the podium, while her twin sister Lebo finished third.  “I really enjoyed the race,” says Lebogang.  “I was injury and illness free, which meant that I could give my best.  Lebo and I didn’t want Irvette to win from the start.  We didn’t want this to merely be a tempo race for her.  I’ve recently changed coaches and it was nice to see that all the hard work was paying off.  My finishing time is faster than that of last year, so I am really happy with my performance.”

Both Van Zyl and Lebo Phalula will represent South Africa in the marathon distance at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

NEXT UP:  The Totalsports Women’s Race heads to Johannesburg and Cape Town on Tuesday, 09 August 2016.

For further information or to enter the Totalsports Women’s Race visit

With two fun events to choose from, a 5km run/fun walk and a 10km run/fun walk, the Totalsports Women’s Race is ideal for family and friends.

Dates & Venues: Tuesday, 09 August 2016 Johannesburg ~ Mary Fitzgerald Square, Newtown
Tuesday, 09 August 2016 Cape Town ~ Grand Parade
Entry Fee: 10km licensed runner R100,00
5km R60,00
10km unlicensed runner R120.00 (temporary license included)

Charity Support:  The Totalsports Women’s Race supports PinkDrive, a Non-Profit Company (NPC) that is committed to improving breast cancer awareness, education, and providing and offering free services to the medically uninsured across South Africa. PinkDrive will join the events and will be offering FREE clinical breast examinations and educating on the importance of self- breast examinations, as ‘early detection saves lives’.

For more information on PinkDrive visit

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