Lindsey Scherf hopes to set a world 50km record in the Two Oceans Marathon. Photo: STEPHEN GRANGER

CAPE TOWN - Just two weeks after breaking an unusual world marathon record, Lindsey Scherf has her sights set on further honours in Saturday’s Two Oceans Marathon.

Just 10 days ago the 31-year-old American psychology and kinesiology Harvard graduate returned to an old happy hunting ground, the Armory Track and Field Centre in New York City, to set a world indoor marathon record of 2hrs 40min 55sec after running 211 laps around the banked 200m track, eclipsing Finnish athlete Laura Manninen’s mark by 1min 35sec.

Twenty years earlier an 11-year-old Scherf set a 3 000m meeting record of 10:21 at the same venue, underlining her prodigious talent which saw her excel as a junior.

“I thought that the indoor race was going to be my most miserable marathon ever,” Scherf admitted. “But because of the energy from the announcer, the music and vibe, my coach, my aunt and friends in the stands, this turned out to be my favourite!

“This ranks among my top-five accomplishments. It’s right up there with my American Junior record for the 10k and my 25k national championship. It was an amazing experience returning to the Armory and incredibly some of the officials on duty last week were there when I ran as an 11-year-old!

“Fortunately I avoided injury in the race - just a niggle in my knee due to the banking of the track. But fortunately this vanished with some stretching exercises and I’m really excited about running my first ultra-marathon this week in Cape Town.”