Location: Pretoria

Irvette van Zyl


Irvette van Zyl (born Irvette van Blerk on 5 July 1987) is a South African long-distance runner.

She began running from a young age, running as a junior for South Africa three times at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships. She represented her country at the 2010 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships.

She has been running for the Nedbank Running Club since 2009 to date.

Irvette competed in the marathon at the 2012 Summer Olympics, qualifying for the Olympics in her first attempt at the marathon distance, after a background in track and 10km road racing, running 2:33.41 at the 2012 London Marathon earning a spot on the South African team for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. She placed tenth at the 2013 London Marathon, completing the distance in a time of 2:31:26 hours and setting her personal best in the Marathon distance. She qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympics when she completed the 2016 London Marathon in a time of 2:32:20.

In 2012 she married South African hurdler L. J. van Zyl and together they have a little boy born in 2015.

Achievements/Honours (In summary)

Personal bests

Event                         Result                        Venue                                         Date

1500m                     4:17.49                      Durban (RSA)                            07.03.2003

Mile                          4:48.84                     Heverlee (BEL)                          05.06.2004

3000m                     9:11.51                      Pretoria (RSA)                           08.03.2016

5000m                     16:02.63                   Stellenbosch (RSA)                 15.04.2016

10,000m                  34:19.54                  Durban  (RSA)                          17.04.2004

5 km Road               16:25                         Arezzo (ITA)                              27.05.2012

10 km Road             32:20                         Stellenbosch (RSA)                 09.08.2014

12 km Road             39:40                         Cape Town (RSA)                    15.05.2016

15 km Road             51:06                         Nijmegen (NED)                      17.11.2002

20 km Road            1:11:23                      East London (RSA)                  02.07.2006

Half Marathon       1:11:09                      Port Elizabeth (RSA)               24.07.2010

Half Marathon       1:10:56                      New York (USA)                      20.03.2011

Marathon                2:31:26                      London (GBR)                            21.04.2013

  • In 2003 she won the national junior title over 1500 metres
  • Competed three times in the junior race at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships
  • 10,000m win at the 2009 South African championships
  • She won national titles in the 10Km road and track distances
  • SA team for the 2010 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships
  • Marathon spot on the South African team for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London
  • Marathon spot on the South African team for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio

Website & Social Media Details:

Website: www.nedbankrunningclub.co.za

Twitter: @irv87

Facebook: Irvette Van Zyl