In doing so she obliterated Frith van der Merwe’s previous course record of 3:30:36 by a full 54 seconds.
“The record stays home. I’m really proud and humbled by that,” she said afterwards.
“It was very tactical. I’ve been focusing on marathons over the past few years so I didn’t always feel so strong, but it worked out.”
Big pay day for Gerda Steyn
Irvette van Zyl, who led for large parts of the closing stages, ensured a South African 1-2 by finishing in a time of 03:30:31, which was also inside of Van der Merwe’s record.
Sponsors Totalsports surprised Van Zyl with a R50 000 reward for also beating Van der Merwe’s 1989 time.
After her victory, Gerda Steyn headed for Foresters Arms – or ‘Forries’ as the popular Newlands watering hole is better known.
Upon her arrival, patrons and staff sang their congratulations to the golden girl of South African athletics.
Proving she’s a good sport both on the road and off it, Steyn graciously accepted the challenge of a beer down-down – in impressive style!
Steve Mathew was there to capture the moment.