“Running sets my soul on fire!”

In 2016 I ran Nagoya woman’s marathon and ran an Olympic Qualifying time of 2.37.12. Unfortunately due to a chronic knee injury which led to surgery I was unable to go to Olympics.

In April 2017 I made my ultra marathon debut at Two Oceans marathon 56km. I was the first South African and second overall in my first ever ultra marathon. I was also the first KZN athlete to be the first South African in 15 years.

JCMy name is Jenna. Running is my passion, sport and sanity. I competed as a semi-professional athlete for 7 years, in between having 3 children, running my own photography business and raising three young daughters. After the birth of my third daughter in June 2012 (“babies done, now to run”), I focused on improving my running to achieve certain goals important to me as an athlete. One of these was to represent my country. To do so I needed to take my running and training to the next level. I am now running professionally full time.

In February 2013 I was selected to represent South Africa at the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships held in Copenhagen on 29 March 2014, where I ran a personal best time of 74.19 and placed 47th overall. As a distance runner I compete over distances ranging from 5 – 56km. However as my career progresses I intend extending this range to include the ultimate human race, the Comrades marathon, and believe that my success in the shorter formats will translate well into the ultra marathon distance.
In July 2017 I ran Mauritius half marathon, won it and broke the record there. On the 6 August 2017 I represented South Africa at the World Athletics Champs in London for the marathon and two months after that I successfully defended my Gun Run 21km title for the third year in a row.

"My primary goal is to become the leading South African female distance runner at the Two Oceans and Comrades Ultra marathons. I also have my eye set on 2020 Olympics in Tokyo." - Jenna Challenor

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