It’s that crazy time of year again when endurance junkies are turning over kilometre after kilometre preparing for their 2014 race or fitness schedule. We are 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?”
‘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.
Finally, as the mornings are becoming darker, please be aware of your visibility to motorists. Start wearing reflective gear or bright visible colours. 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.
Nedbank Running Club
Nedbank Running Club Grand Master,Margie Saunders on roll!
Best performance of the weekend came in the Cassie’s 15 km from Margie Saunders, whose 64:22 is her second SA record since she turned 60 last year.
She broke the 65:08 that Jenny Allebone set in 2005. In December she achieved a national record of 3:16:32 in the Aspen Port Elizabeth City Marathon – also eclipsing an Allebone mark.