Comrades runner encourages ladies to be #BetterTogether

Charné Bosman took third place at the Comrades Marathon this year. Photo: Supplied

Elite runner and 2017 SPAR Women’s Challenge brand ambassador, Charné Bosman, is encouraging Pretoria’s ladies to unite on 5 August for the 2017 SPAR Women’s Challenge.

Bosman says she has been participating in the Pretoria SPAR Women’s Challenge since 1997 and that since then the race has become very special to her personally – and she believes that the same can be said for the other 25 000 women who take part every year.

“I watched this race grow from just around 1000 participants to over 25 000 ladies.  It is great to see so many ladies participating in this race every year,” she said.

This year’s race theme #BetterTogether is a call action to everyone taking part to be united and to find strength and support in one another. Bosman said that this theme is really resonating with the Pretoria community.

“We are much stronger when we stand together. It makes life so much easier if you have someone that can do things with you,” said Bosman.

It is this sense of camaraderie that she feels has contributed to the fact that many women have taken up running all year round after being part of a SPAR Women’s Challenge race. Bosman explains that as a race brand ambassador she was given a platform to promote women’s running – a cause that is very close to her heart.

“I feel so privileged to be one of the race brand ambassadors. SPAR has always supported me and gave me a platform. After winning the Comrades in 2016 I noticed that so many ladies in my community started running. It is incredibly inspiring to see the ladies running in the mornings and so I want to inspire more ladies out there to start running. It keeps you healthy and it makes you feel great about yourself.”

This year Bosman took third place at the Comrades Marathon – an achievement that she says really underlines the better together message.

“I am very happy with my third place. I did not feel great on race day.  I wanted to stop at around 20km into the race but the support along the road was just amazing.  I could not have done it without that support. My third place belongs to all the people that supported me. I gave it my best, and I am still proud to be the first South African lady to finish the Comrades.”

She is now extending the same support and motivation that she received at the Comrades to her fellow Pretoria runners. “I want to encourage each and every lady to invite a friend or family member to come and participate in the race – together! It’s always better and a lot of fun to do this race with someone. I will be there on race day to encourage you and to participate with you. We are always Better Together.”

“What #BetterTogether means for me is that in life you need support from the people close to you. I can’t imagine achieving any of my success in sport and in life without my husband and family. They have been there for me since I started running at the age of 16. I could not have done it alone,” she concluded.


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