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Nyahora back to best

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Popular Nedbank Dream Green Team Member, Rutendo Nyahora is back to her best. After having finished 2nd (Cape Town), 3rd (PE), 3rd (Durban), 3rd (Durban again), Rutendo put all her efforts into the race on her “home turf” on Saturday 29 August in Centurion.

The 26 year old ran a cagey race, making her move three-quarters through the race, passing the up to now dominant Phalula twins and never looking back. In hot conditions, Nyahora was the only athlete to break 35min on a very tough course. She crossed the line 34:54

Nyahora had prepared meticulously for this race. Held in the afternoon, Rutendo would train in the midday heat to “acclimatize” herself. “It all went according to plan and I’m so happy.  I’ve been training at midday every day from the beginning of the month, so the heat did not affect me that much.  I was struggling for the first two kilometres, but after that I enjoyed the race.”

All in all it was yet another good day for the Nedbank Running Club. Comrades Marathon 1 and 2 Caroline Woestmann and Charne Bosman made a return to “racing” finishing in 8th and 7th respectively. In all 6 of the top 10 came from the NEDBANK Green Dream Team with Cornelia Joubert 6th, a resurgent Mapaseka Makhanya 9th and Nothombesintu 10th.

The Grandmaster Category also showcased the green of the Nedbank Running Club, Margie Saunders and Francis van Blerk finishing 1-2 and Liza Kellerman was third in the Juniors race.

Udelle de Winnaar was third in the walk.

On a side note, Nedbank Dream Green Team Member, Irvette van Zyl, who is due to give birth to KJ Junior in mid September, jogged the 5km fun run.


1 Rutendo Nyahora 34:54 Nedbank RC AGN
; 2 Lebo Phalula 35:10 Boxer; Lebogang Phalula 35:38 Boxer; 4  Nolene Conrad 36:25 Boxer;
5 Cherelee Schoeman 37:08 KPMG; 6 Cornelia Joubert 37:19 Nedbank RC CGA; 7 Charne Bosman 37:21 Nedbank RC AGN; 8 Caroline Wostman 37:34 Nedbank RC AGN; 9 Mapaseka Makhanya 37:48 Nedbank RC AGN; 10 Nthombesintu Mfunzi 37:57 Nedbank RC EP
1 Mitsie van der Westhuizen 41:28 Runavation; 2 Ronel Thomas 42:08 Boxer; 3 Lana Theunissen 45:35 Nedbank
1 Judy Bird 41:39 Midrand; 2 Jane Mudau 44:15 Pietersburg; 3 Ansie Breytenbach 45:00 Irene
1 Margie Saunders 46:14 Nedbank RC EP; 2 Francis van Blerk 49:31 Nedbank RC AGN; 3 Sonja Laxton 50:58 RAC
Great Grandmasters                                              
1 Annetjie Greyvenstein 60:00 Irene; 2 Deidre Larkin 69:01 Randburg Harriers; 3 Mavis Stadler 69:53 Agape
1 Cherelee Schoeman 37:08 KPMG; 2 Simone Weitz 38:14 Boxer; 3 Liza Kellerman 42:27 Nedbank RC CGA
1 Anel Oosthuizen 53:08 UJ; 2 Sandra Steenkamp 57:07 Irene; 3 Udelle de Winnaar 58:53 Nedbank RC CGA; 4 Elsa Meyer 63:25 Irene; 5 Mthatisi Mokhele 63:44 Gauteng Striders; 6 Rhoda Willemse 64:15 Aurecon; 7 Celeste Scheepers 65:28 Pta Military Walkers; 8 Mariaan Serdyn 66:45 Pta Military Walkers; 9 Lucia Willemse 67:22 Irene; 10 Retha Knoetze 68:08 Pta Military Walkers

Alebechu spearheads Nedbank domination

Twenty six year old Selam Abere Alebachew, came, saw and conquered the Nelson Mandela Day Marathon and ensured that for the second year in a row the women’s race was won by the Nedbank Green Dream Team.

The Ethiopian hit the front in the first few kilometers on this tough race and was never headed. She went through 15km in 1:06; halfway in 1:28 and 32km in 2:13. With each step Alebechu moved ahead from her rivals. At 15km she had a 2min gap; at halfway it was just under 3minutes. But by 32km, Alebechu had opened 5minutes on her nearest rival, Chelitu Bogale Asefa, also of the Nedbank Running Club.

When Alebechu crossed the line in 2:52;28 she had to wait a further 7min for the runner up to cross the line. Right at the post, Kenya’s Immaculate Chemetai pipped Asefa for second. Asefa clocked 2:59.58.

The Nedbank Green Dream Team finished with a total of five athletes in the women’s top 10. Catherine Skosana was 7th; Lizik Chokore, the 2013 winner, was 8th and Chiyedza Chokore finished 9th.

The men’s race saw four teammates in the top ten. Sufa Chala Damessa was second; former SA Marathon Champion Coolboy Ngamole crossed the line in 6th; Lyno Muchena and Ntsindiso Mphakathi were 9th and 10th.

Top 10
42km - Men          
1 Matela Makhetha 2:28:17 PHANTANE AC
2 Sufa Chala Damessa 2:28:27 NEDBANK RUNNING CLUB AGN
3 Sikhumbuzo Seme 2:29:40 TRANSNET
4 Tsepang Ramoene 2:30:09 PHANTANE AC
5 Mike Fokoroni 2:30:18 MAX ELITE
6 Coolboy Ngamole 2:30:50 NEDBANK RUNNING CLUB CNW
7 Munya Jari 2:31:03 FASTWAY
8 Melly Kennedy 2:31:27 FASTWAY A.C
9 Lyno Muchena 2:32:11 NEDBANK RUNNING CLUB AGN
10 Ntsindiso Mphakathi 2:33:01 NEDBANK RUNNING CLUB CGA
42km - Women          
1 Selam Abere Alebachew 2:52:28 NEDBANK RUNNING CLUB AGN
2 Immaculate Chemutai 2:59:38 MAXED ELITE
3 Chelitu Bogale Asefa 2:59:58 NEDBANK RUNNING CLUB AGN
4 Tabitha Tsatsa 3:05:17 MAX ELITE
5 Makhosazane Mhlongo 3:07:41 SAVAGO
6 Fortunate Chidzivo 3:11:14 CELTIC HARRIER
7 Catherine Skosana 3:13:11 NEDBANK RUNNING CLUB AGN
8 Lizih Chokore 3:15:25 NEDBANK RUNNING CLUB AGN
9 Chiyedza Chokore 3:15:45 NEDBANK RUNNING CLUB AGN
10 Monica Kativhu 3:16:38 HACZIMBABWE

Who wants to join a training group with Comrades winner Caroline Wostmann?

Caroline in conjunction with Nedbank Running Club invite any runner who wants to join them on a daily morning run from the HPC premises in Hatfield. The pace will be between 4minutes and 20 seconds and 4 minutes and 15 seconds per kilometre but any one is welcome to start with the group and finish a little bit later.

The idea is to have a regular training group during weekdays Mondays to Thursday for any runner to join in, no matter from which club

When:          Mondays to Thursdays
How Late:    6h30 sharp
Distance:     1 hour (if needed you can cut short)
Pace:           4min 20 sec per km but welcome to form a slower group.
Where:        HPC Hatfield Pretoria
More info:    Nedbank Running Club 012-541 0577

All runners from any club welcome!

Nedbank Soweto Development Club dominates again

In what is becoming a regular feature in Gauteng, the Nedbank Soweto Development Club was in dominant form on Saturday 22 August at the Clearwater Mall 10km Road Race.

The club had four athletes in the top ten in the men’s race, good preparation for the upcoming Nelson Mandela Half Marathon and 10km respectively (30 August).  Derocious Makhobalo (31;37), Thabiso Lethabane (31:42), Simon Mpholo (31:57) and Itumeleng Tshetlanyana (32:23) finished 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 6th respectively at the Clearwater Mall 10km.

Planning for the future

The Nedbank Running Club has a keen focus on developing the next generation of athletes. In particular the Soweto Club has been very active of late. A total of TWENTY youth athletes from the club took part in the Pick ‘n Pay Junior Road Race in Westonaria. The objective of this series is to expose youngsters to structured and safe 2.5km and 5km races in order to identify future talent and to provide the youngsters with an active outlet for their energy. Run by CGA, the series provides a valuable opportunity for clubs such as the Nedbank Running Club Soweto to build both the club and identify the next potential champion. It also allows the athletes to see how their training is progressing without being subject to the intense competitive found at “formal” road races. In the end the Soweto Club were utterly dominant. Of the 20 youngsters who ran, five were on the podium.

5km Girls
1. Neo Magetla (age 12)
5. Keneilwe Masimi (age 12)
Boys 5km
3. Shaun Mthethwa (age 14)
5. Tshepo Mabote (age 13)
2.5km Boys
2. Nkamogeleng Matane (age 10!!!)

Wostmann keeps racking them in
Nedbank Running Club Supporting the Skosana Legend Development with Futurelife, these young athletes will also be competing under the Nedbank Running Club Gauteng North. They are developed and couched by Enoch Skosana himself


This truly has to be a fairy tale year for Caroline Wostmann. A surprise win at the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon in Cape Town in Easter this year was followed up by a convincing win at the Comrades Marathon a few months later.

Wostmann became the first South African women to win the Ultimate Human Race since Rae Bischoff in 1998 and is also the first South African woman to win both the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon and Comrades Marathons in the same year.

The mother of two and CA was in demand from the moment she crossed the finish line at the UCT grounds and handled the expectations and pressure with much aplomb. Her approach to the Comrades with coach Lindsey Parry was nothing if not ingenious. Walking and running, she was able to maintain a brisk pace all the way and missed out on the up record by a mere three minutes.

On Friday 14 August she was celebrated for her phenomenal 2015 at the GSport for Women Awards by clinching the top prize of Athlete of the year. In the process she held off some stiff competition in the form of Rowing Pair Naydene Smith and Lee-Ann Persse who had finished 5th in the Women’s Pairs at the 2015 World Rowing Championships. The duo are tipped to be in contention for a medal in Rio in 2016.

No doubt, Wostmann will continue to be in the news. Rumours of her competing at the Olympic Games are just that, rumours. “Many people told me that based on my projected Marathon time after Comrades, I should be able to qualify for the Olympic Games. My goal though is Comrades next year. However I am looking to bring down my marathon time (PB of 2:44.57) and am looking at possibly New York for that. Because I like the race and it is tough.”

The Nedbank Running Club congratulates Caroline on a phenomenal year and wishes her all the best for the future.

Exciting news from our sponsor!




Exciting news from our sponsor!

FUTURE LIFE is now offering our loyal Nedbank Running Club members a special on all their products.

Don’t miss out on this very special and order your supply of FUTURE LIFE direct from our offices-Pleasde note-only full boxes can be ordered.

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Mail your oder to and include all your details like Which Nedbank Running Club do you belong ,your 2015 license number,tel nr. and delivey adress.

Race Report from Nedbank Elite Athlete, Ellie Greenwood on her Comrades 2015
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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


Nedbank have negotiated a 20% discount on purchases made through the 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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Tuesday, September 1, 2015
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Tuesday, September 1, 2015
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One of the most eagerly awaited events on the South African racing calendar, the South African Cross Country Championships, will take place on Saturday 12 September in Mpumalanga; and the Nedbank Soweto Running Club are represented by no less than THIRTY THREE athletes...
Monday, August 31, 2015
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The 2016 Comrades Marathon entry process is upon us. The 91st edition of the world’s biggest and oldest ultra-marathon is all set to be run on Sunday, 29 May 2016...
Thursday, August 27, 2015
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The Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) officially handed over funds raised from the 2015 Comrades Marathon to its six official charities today (Wednesday, 26 August 2015)...
Thursday, August 20, 2015
Two Oceans Marathon permanent number holders (Blue Number Club members) have the opportunity to become members of the Two Oceans Marathon Non-Profit Company (NPC)...
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