The battle for the women’s 4km title at this weekend’s South African Cross Country Championships is wide open. A stellar field of women that boast with almost the same pedigrees will gather in the hopes of taking the much sought-after 4km women’s seniortitle.

The tall and powerful 1500m star Mandie Brandt from Boland Athletics will lead a group of hungry youngsters who is looking to make name for themselves on senior level. Lizerie Ferreira from Athletics Gauteng North who finished third at Sunday’s Randburg Streetmile behind the Phalula twins looks to be getting back the shape of her life heading into the Saturday afternoon’s 4km dash. She will, however, have tight competition from stalwart Mandie Brandt, multiple-national cross country representative Murendwa Davhana, Central Gauteng champion Michelle Strydom and her compatriots Anet Coetzee and Anelda van Staden, the new-kid- on-the- block Kesa Moletsane and coach George Bradley’s athlete Cherise Sims. Stella Marais has improved tremendously this season and will be a force to be reckoned with, but so also did Cherise Sims from Eastern province and Kesa Moletsane from Freestate.

Thandi Sehohle from Central Gauteng Atletics, on the other hand, is no stranger when it comes to elite running, so do not count her out either. And talking about improvement, have you seen newbie Rachel Leistra (Central Gauteng) and Lizerie Ferreira (AGN) in action this year? If not, you are in for some great, competitive running this weekend! And who can forget Violet Raseboya, she will also be in there to cause a big upset.

The field boasts with quite a number of national representatives, future prospects and of course, the 2016 women’s 4km South African Cross Country champion. This might all change, of course, if one or even both of the Phalula sisters or Nolene Conrad decide to join the big 4km race. The abovementioned athletes are just three of the women who have been dominating South African cross country, track and road running for the past decade, so things might just change a bit if their names appear on the start-lists on race day.

This race, like the men’s race, will be provide big drama and what drama will it not be with competitors who will push each other until 3.99km? Come witness the women’s 4km race on Saturday afternoon!