Nedbank Green Dream Team Athlete Mapaseka Makhanya third in Hannover




Mapaseka Makhanya delivered a solid performance on Sunday 19 April in her first international outing over the classic 42km distance, taking third place at the Hannover Marathon

 

Makhanya, a former winner of the Gauteng Marathon, finished in 2:31:02, chopping over five minutes off her personal best.

 

The 30-year-old athlete climbed to fifth place in the all-time SA ranking behind Colleen de Reuck, Elana Meyer, Frith van der Merwe and Rene Kalmer

 

Souad Alt Salem of Algeria won the race in 2:27:21



#NedbankGreenMile Brings Carnival to the Comrades

Nedbank, a major sponsor of the Comrades Marathon since 2002, will be bringing fun and flair to the 90th Comrades Marathon on Sunday, 31 May 2015. The prominent financial institution will host the official spectator spot along the route in a grand, enormously entertaining, eco-friendly Green Mile with an electrifying parade of colourful characters, carnival-style floats and more.

Spectators can prepare for a Camperdown make-over as the iconic, award-winning #NedbankGreenMile transforms the grey and dusty streets into a road running celebration on Comrades race day.

Aptly themed ‘Comrades Carnival’ in celebration of the 90th Comrades Marathon, the 2015 #NedbankGreenMile is the place to be at along the up-run’s 87km route.

Nedbank Group Sponsorship Manager, Patrick Baransky says, ‘From humble beginnings as a water spot 34 years ago, the #NedbankGreenMile has evolved into an unforgettable, award-winning, inspirational, family-friendly zone where everyone can be part of the Comrades experience.’

Kids and the young at heart will delight in an action-packed Kids Fun Zone where entertainment includes face painting, balloon artists and jumping castles, plus much more. Runner’s supporters will also be able to keep up with the race action from the large grandstand which will be home to a large screen TV airing live footage and race commentary throughout the day.

A troupe of acrobats, jugglers, stilt walkers, giant puppets, Cancan and Salsa dancers will be parading through the mile-long spectator zone throughout the day, dazzling all in their wake, while local marimba, steel drum and marching bands set the carnival beat. There will also be DJs, flamboyant floats, a ‘kissing’ booth, shoot the hoop recycle bins and a secure kids zone with a jumping castle, face painting, arts and crafts and puppets; plus many more surprises.

Baransky adds, ‘In Nedbank’s commitment to supporting the local community, all proceeds from food and beverage sales along the #NedbankGreenMile will go to local schools, charities and churches. There will also be an interactive recycling programme in place throughout the spectator zone.’

So ignite your imagination, dress the part and come be part of the Comrades Carnival at this year’s #NedbankGreenMile, which will be open from 08h00 – 14h30 on race day, with free entry.  An easy access car park next to the N3 race route with parking directional signage will be provided.

#NedbankGreenMile event details:
Date: 31 May 2015
Time: 8h00 to 14h30
Entry cost: Free
GPS co-ordinates: S 29º 43’ 38.28”, E 30º 32’ 25.44

 


Great performance from Nedbank Running Club athletes at the first leg of the 2015 Spar Grand Prix

 

The first race of the 2015 Spar Grand Prix took place on 29 March 2015 in Cape Town and Nedbank Running Club athletes brought home awesome results. The Spar Grand Prix allows athletes to obtain points for their performance and the top 10 runner in various categories receiving a cash prize. Nedbank Running Club is especially proud of Mapaseka Makhanya who finished firsts in the open category, finishing the race in 32:54:00, and obtaining 30 points. Currently, Nedbank Running Cub is sitting on 60 points in total, placing Nedbank Running Club first on the club list. There are still four races in the Grand Prix with PE in May, Durban in June, Pretoria in August and the final race in Johannesburg in October. Nedbank Running Club holds thumbs for their athletes for the remainder of the Grand Prix – may the best woman win!



Nedbank Running Club supports training camp for Comrades

The Comrades Marathon is approaching, with only a few weeks left before the starting line fills up. Athletes are making their way to various training camps to improve their fitness levels for the race of the year. 2012 Comrades Champion, Ludwick Mammobola, and elite Comrades runners, Sepitle Raymond Phaladi, Affrica Moilola, Eliyah Mogoboya, and Best Ngwenya hosted a training camp at the end of March, assisting various athletes to improve their fitness levels and prepare for the ultimate race. Nedbank Running Club supported the training camp and motivated the team spirit during the week. The training camp was a huge success, with the athletes finishing a 60km run from Durban to Cato Ridge.


Nedbank Running Club - Special Edition Comrades shirts
We are pleased to announce that the Nedbank Running Club will be offering all its members special edition long sleeve shirts for the 2015 Comrades marathon.

The shirts will be made out of trilobal moisture management material.
 
Comrades Long Sleeve T-Shirt

 


The cost will be in the region of R235 per shirt. Stock will be limited and we urge all members to e-mail their order to their respective clubs as soon as possible indicating:
- Shirt of which event (Comrades and/or Two Oceans)
- Number of shirts
- Sizes
Sizes available will be SMALL to XXL.

Please e-mail your orders to your Nedbank Running Club Chairman


Safety comes first

You only have to take a step out your front door each morning to see just how many runners are out there pounding the pavements each morning. It is a truly awesome site to see. It's the new year with new goals, and we're all are turning over kilometre after kilometre preparing for our 2015 race or fitness schedule. We are however, constantly reminded by the sobering news that a runner, cyclist, triathlete or sporting enthusiast has been found unconscious or fatally knocked-down while out doing what they love best. These are followed by queries as to whether anyone knows the person or more importantly, knows how to contact the family urgently. At large events this can be mayhem and in remote areas, critical.

 

As road safety is a cause pertinent to us all, we chatted to Patrick Baransky; Nedbank Sponsorship Manager, on the need for safety ID bracelets.

“I’m always amazed by the lack of contact details sports enthusiasts carry on their person. Could a Good Samaritan assist you should they come to your assistance and you can’t speak for yourselves? What about your training partners, do they even know your chronic medical conditions, allergies or next-of-kin contact details?”

To help

MAKE SAFETY HAPPEN

Nedbank have negotiated a 20% discount on purchases made through the www.iceid.co.za website.

Please use NEDBANK as a discount coupon code. There is a Nedbank green silicone strap that is available! Most products can store four to six lines of key details.    

Should you want an even cheaper alternative, try dog-tags with key contact and medical details, and keep on your person or tied to shoes.

For safety purposes, those exercising alone should not use music for company, or if you insist, have the music turned down low, and only in one ear - this way you can still hear the things around you.

Safe training!

Nedbank Running Club  




 

 

 

   

 
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