“Last year’s Comrades result was my best run yet, but I still felt really disappointed as I believed I had a lot more in me,” said Roberts from her home in Mpumalanga where she is currently isolating with her family. “After Comrades I decided to leave my coach and I downloaded a marathon training programme off the Nedbank running club website that was made by our national team manager Nick Bester.”
It is known as an unwritten rule that for a female athlete to be coached by Bester, they need to get their marathon time under 3 hours, and this was the goal that Roberts set herself as she prepared for the Cape Town Marathon. Going into the race with a marathon PB of 3:16, it would have been a tough task but not for Roberts who stuck to the task at hand. Come race day, Roberts ended the Cape Town marathon with a huge PB. Her time was 3:01 and with that, felt she blew her chance to be coached personally by Bester. “I really thought I blew it, but two days after the race Nick agreed to coach me and that was the day that everything changed for the best!”
6 months later, Roberts has since three times smashed her marathon best, first running 2:59, then a 2:53 and more recently a 2:50 before the country went into lock down and races were either cancelled or postponed to a later date.