Bosman and Maxwell podium contenders at Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon
Whilst much of the talk building up to the ladies race for the 2016 Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon has been centered around the likes of defending Champion Caroline Woestmann and SA Marathon Record Holder Colleen de Reuck, many in the know have watched the preparations of 2015 Comrades Marathon runner up Charne Bosman and Tanith Maxwell who finished third at the 2015 Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon.
Bosman has represented South Africa on four occasions, three times in the half marathon and once in the marathon. Her best half marathon in South African colours coming in the 1999 World University Games Half Marathon where she finished 7th. In 2006 Bosman ran the Marathon at the Commonwealth Games where she finished 15th.
Bosman made her Ultra debut in 2012 at the City to City 50km where she finished second. Had she had more experience she may well have won that race. But the first Ultra Marathon Bosman trained for, was the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon in 2013. “After the City to City I decided to move to the Ultra distances and really targeted the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon.” It was a smart move as Bosman finished second.
In 2014 Bosman opted to focus on the Comrades Marathon and was looking strong until with with 27km to go, and lying 5th, Charne had to stop and pull out. A thyroid problem coming close to a life and death situation in which she was transported away from the race in an ambulance.
It was in June that year the Bosman decided to move to coach Lindsey Parry. The move clearly paid dividends as Parry first nursed her back to health and then commenced coaching her. The net result, a 5th in the 2015 Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon and runner up at the Comrades Marathon. Talk about a comeback.
“I feel totally rejuvenated again and cannot wait to race the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon. I will start the first half conservatively and then look to move through the field in the second half. If I am well placed, then I will chase the win.” Confident words by Bosman. But then again her training really has been showing how much she has improved.
At the end of 2015, Bosman finished second in the Tough One 32km race. A race that does live up to its name as being tough with some climbs that would scare most. Bosman though “jogged” to a 2:13.19 finish.
“I remember when I raced here in 2012 and won in 2 hours 12 minutes. I was dead on my feet. But this time I had so much left.” At the end of January Bosman ran the Benoni Marathon in an easy 2:48.52. And the gauntlet has been thrown down.
Then there is Tanith Maxwell. The 39-year-old Boxer athlete cannot be ruled out as a serious contender for a podium, even the win. Maxwell ran her debut Ultra Marathon at the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon in 2015 and ended up third. With a marathon best of 2:32.33, Maxwell is very dangerous indeed.
Whilst Maxwell had half an eye on an Olympic Qualification for the Marathon, she realised that racing in the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon she could do something special and has focused her preparations on 26 March.
“l love this race and after finishing 3rd in 2015 I am confident I can make an impact again,” says Maxwell. Coached by Andrew Bosch, an Associate Professor
of Exercise Science & Sports Medicine, Maxwell has shown that she has the necessary ingredients to challenge for the title on 26 March.