Kalmer aims for Bay win
RENE Kalmer is tipped to make it two in a row by winning the Nelson Mandela Bay leg of the Spar Women's 10km Challenge series in Port Elizabeth tomorrow.
The two-time Grand Prix winner earned 30 points for winning the Cape Town leg last month in 32 minutes and 50 seconds, which earned her bonus points.
South African runners in the five legs of the series - held in Cape Town, Nelson Mandela Bay, Durban, Pretoria and Johannesburg - earn Grand Prix points by finishing in the top 20.
According to the organisers of this popular series, the winner of each event gets 20 points and the 20th placed runner one point.
There are bonus points for clocking a faster time than the previous year. This year, the winner will receive a new Nissan Micra, with the runner-up getting R30000.
Kalmer is using the event as part of her preparations for the London Olympics, where she will represent the country with her training partner Irvette van Blerk. The Roodeport-based Kalmer is excited about competing in Port Elizabeth, where last year's race was won by Lebo Phalula.
"The Nelson Mandela Bay race is one of my favourites," said Kalmer, who clocked 2:29.59 in Yokohama last November to qualify for the Olympics.
"I really like the course, although if the weather is bad, those last four kilometres along the beach front can be very tough."
Besides Kalmer and Van Blerk, other big names who will be in action in Port Elizabeth include Zintle Xiniwe, Annerien van Schalkwyk and Lebo and Lebogang Phalula.
Kalmer's sister Christine will also be there, as well as the legendary Sonja Laxton.