Van Zyl debuts at FNB Joburg 10K CITYRUN

Seen here:  Irvette van Zyl crossing the Nelson Mandela Bridge in Johannesburg, one of the iconic landmarks that runners (and walkers) will get to experience at the 2018 FNB Joburg 10K CITYRUN. 

Photo Credit:  Tobias Ginsberg

Making her event debut on Monday, 24 September 2018 the indomitable Irvette van Zyl is ready to give defending champion, Glenrose Xaba a go at the 3rd annual FNB Joburg 10K CITYRUN.

A mere three months after giving birth to her second child, van Zyl is excited to make her FNB Joburg 10K CITYRUN debut and feels positive about her chances of winning.

“The pregnancy was good for me. I am back and hungry to race. I know that the FNB Joburg 10K CITYRUN is a tough route, but I am happy with my shape so quickly after giving birth and I am very keen to race on 24 September,” said van Zyl.

This will be an interesting head to head between the two as the last time they raced, a marshalling error saw Xaba go the wrong way in a 10km race with van Zyl crossing the line first. It is impossible to tell how the marshal error affected the outcome of the race as the results are still in question, so this means September 24 will be the first real showdown between the two since van Zyl’s return to racing.

“It is not easy juggling two kids, training and racing. I have had to become more efficient and clever in how I manage my time. But this has in a way made my training easier as I have less time to myself, so I have to make every minute of training count.”

Van Zyl has run twice since her return from pregnancy, finishing 4th in a 10km ladies race on 04 August over a tough course where she clocked 34:56 and again on 19 August in the race that caused all the controversy. There she clocked 34:26, also on a tough course.

“By 24 September, I know I will be in good shape and I am keen to see what I can do. Racing against Glenrose (Xaba) is always interesting. She is a fighter and you know it will be a tough race.”

Also confirmed for the Race is Zimbabwean Rudo Mhonderwa who is renowned for her aggressive running.

Gelant adds spice to men’s race:  Elroy Gelant is another name added to the men’s race. With the already confirmed defending champion, Thabang Mosiako and course record holder, Namakoe Nkhasi, Gelant’s addition to the race will ensure intense competition come 24 September as the 32-year-old continues his return to form after a hernia operation in April saw him miss just over two months of training. Since his return, he has finished 4th at the Motherwell Half Marathon in PE in July clocking an incredible 61:48. Gelant also finished 3rd at the tough Mandela Day Half Marathon on 26 August in a time of 62:48, showing that he is coming into great form for the FNB Joburg 10K CITYRUN.


Starting in front of FNB Bank City, runners (and walkers) will be treated to a 10km route experience that will highlight iconic landmarks and feature lively performances by a host of Joburg’s leading performing arts groups.  Iconic landmarks to look out for will include:  the Nelson Mandela Bridge, FNB Bank City, Constitution Hill, Mary Fitzgerald Square, Wits University and Ellis Park Stadium to mention just a few.

Date: Monday, 24 September 2018
Start Time: 08:00
Venue: Start – FNB Bank City in Johannesburg
  Finish – Mary Fitzgerald Square
Entry Fee: Standard Entry:  R170 (licensed) / R190 (unlicensed)

Gold Package Entry:  R850 (licensed) /R870 (unlicensed)

PRIZE PURSEThe 2018 FNB Joburg 10K CITYRUN boasts an impressive Prize Purse of R250 000.  Prize money has been allocated to the top 10 finishers in the Open Category (male and female).  The winner of the 2018 event will take home an impressive R30 000 prize, while the 2nd and 3rd place finishers will take home R17 000 and R13 000 respectively.  The top 3 finishers in the junior, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 and 70+ categories will take home R3000, R2000 and R1000 respectively.  To view the entire Prize Purse breakdown CLICK HERE

EXCITING ON ROUTE ACTIVATION:  A highlight at the 2017 event, the exciting #ForeverFaster PUMA ‘Beat Bolt’ sprint will once again be the source of much excitement and #FastTimes.  Runners will need to give their all over a 100m sprint (as part of the event route).  This section of the route will be timed.  The runner (male and female) to clock the fastest time over  the 100m will take home a PUMA shopping voucher to the value of R10 000.

CHARITY SUPPORT:  When entering online runners can choose to support one (or all three) of the event’s charities:   the Johannesburg Heritage Foundation, the Johannesburg SPCA and the Reach For A Dream Foundation.

Zonkizizwe Athletic Club, as a hosting club, is ready to welcome runners to experience the FNB Joburg 10K CITYRUN.  Logistically, the club has enlisted the services of 12 clubs of which they will provide approximately 300 volunteers to help man the water stations ensuring that the runners are hydrated and refreshed with coke and iced water. To ensure the safety of runners, marshals and the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) will be stationed along the route. The JMPD will also be there to assist with the road closures and the manning of busy intersections to allow the runners safe passage on the route.  The South African Police Service (SAPS) will also be a part of the race as security is paramount to both the Zonkizizwe Athletic Club and event organisers.

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Twitter:  @joburg10K

Instagram:  @Joburg10K

Official hashtag:  #J10krun


About the FNB Run Your City Series:

FNB is proud to bring you the FNB Run Your City Series. The series encompasses three unique mass races namely the FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN, FNB Joburg 10K CITYRUN and the FNB Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN. The three races are about inclusivity for all as well as encouraging business involvement, family, world class achievement and fun for all participants.

FNB’s strategy is to engage with our clients and non-clients through healthy lifestyle activities, where we sponsor selected sporting events that allow us relationship building opportunities, ensuring that we enrich the communities and the lives of those around us. Through the runs, we encourage runners to run their city their way. We invite all runners back to the city to experience the rejuvenation, revival and renewed city centres.


ISSUED BY:                                            Newsport Media

ON BEHALF OF:                                   FNB Run Your City Series a Stillwater Sports Initiative

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