South African ultra- marathon runner, Caroline Wöstmann added to her growing list of titles at this year’s Old Mutual Marathon in Cape Town over the weekend.
After winning OMTOM in 2015, Wöstmann went on to claim the Comrades Marathon crown thereafter. Earlier this month, she won her first Old Mutual Om die Dam title. Making her the second woman after ultra-marathon legend Frith van der Merwe to have won all three titles, but she is the first person to have won all three within a period of 12 months.
“It’s pretty special,” Wöstmann says, “I didn’t really think about it at the time, but once it sunk in after a few days I realised it was quite awesome.”
She’s retained her title after winning this year’s race in a time of 3:44:47.
With all four titles in the bag Wöstmann’s focus now turns to the Comrades Marathon. “Previously OMTOM was a training run, but now people are deciding to race either Two Oceans or Comrades. My goal for this year is Comrades. I grew up watching the race and when I started running seven-and-a-half years ago, that was the race I wanted to run. I feel I’m incomplete with just last year’s up run win, though, so I need to win the down run to really say I’ve ‘won’ the Comrades Marathon.”
Wöstmann says people looked at her like she was insane when she said she wanted to win the comrades marathon but now she is living proof that if you believe in your dreams and keep working towards them.