South Africa is taking a very strong squad to Brasov, Romania where they have an excellent chance of reigning supreme - particularly in the men’s race. The six squad members are seasoned campaigners with an incredible pedigree and should be able to do well as a team to challenge for honours.
Even individually, the men are capable of getting into podium positions and it actually would be a travesty if they were not to feature.
Just look at the names of the men Bester has the pleasure of managing: Bongmusa Mthembu, Edward Mothibi, David Gatebe, Lungile Gongqa, Charles Tjiane and Joseph Manyedi. That, to the uninitiated, is the country’s ultra running royalty. The Rolls Royce of distance running in South Africa.
Granted they are on the world stage and that is always a big challenge. But just as when Barcelona go into the Champions League or even the Fifa Club World Cup, their fans always anticipate that they will bring home the title.