The 2014 Unite 2.0 campaign, an initiative of the Department of Sport & Recreation South Africa and the Department of Arts and Culture, will this year include Athletics (road running and walking) and Cycling - the two sporting codes which have amongst the largest number of professional and recreational participants - and the day will have on the offer the biggest prize money of any event this year, with over R2m in prizes to be handed out.


As if that’s not enough, the public will be treated to a free mega feast when a cultural program full of 67 artists ranging from craftsmen/women, artisans to musicians and comedians unites the nation in remembrance of Madiba. 


On the 22nd of November South Africans will unite for the Nelson Mandela Sports and Culture Day, and both amateur and professional athletes from around South Africa will compete in a number of different events in remembrance of Mandela.


They will be joined on the day by a host of #Unite4Mandela ambassadors including a number of Comrades winners from the Nedbank Running Club like the legendary Bruce Fordyce, Ironman and 1991 Comrades winner Nick Bester, 2012 winner Ludwick Mamabolo and this year’s champion Bongmusa Mthembu.


Not to be outdone, cycling will be represented by the likes of world-class cyclists Daryl Impey, Chris Froome and Cherise Stander.


And there will be dozens of other well known sports stars from all codes, TV personalities, politicians, comedians and musicians, competing alongside their fellow South Africans for this worthy cause.



And if competing for this wonderful cause wasn’t enough, there are some unbelievable cash prizes for competitors on the day, with more R2 million on offer.


The 67km cycling race winners, in both male and female categories, will receive an unprecedented R250 000; second-placed riders will receive R150 000, while third-place riders will pocket R100 000. The main running event is the 27km road race, and the winners of the race will pocket R150 000, with second getting R100 000 and third R50 000. The winner of the 9.4km run will receive R40 000, while the 9.4km walk winner will get R20 000.


There will be cash prizes for the top ten competitors in the two main events, and there will also be prizes for the top three in the 9.4km running/walking event, and also prizes given in a number of different age groups.


Race Times

Cycling starts from Loftus Stadium at 06h00 and finishes at Union Buildings. The 27km run starts at 06h30 from Union Buildings, while the 9.4km race starts at 06h45 from Union Buildings; the 5km Fun Walk will start at 07h00 from Union Buildings.



Our Time Is Now

Preceding the big day, students from a number of learning institutions will gather at the UNISA Main Campus on the 18th of November for a Colloquium with the theme of ‘Our time is now’. These students, who represent Generation 2.0, will participate in reviewing the past 20 years of our democracy, and celebrate the many successes South Africa has seen.


They will explore nation building, social cohesion and other issues that effect Generation 2.0, and also look at how they can make things even better in the future.


The Colloquium will be held in the ZK Matthews Great Hall on the 18th of November between 18h00 and 20h00.


Arts and Culture Program

Of course the Nelson Mandela Sports and Culture Day is not only about the athletes, and on the 22nd, after the races, a concert will be held on the South Lawns of the Union Buildings.


Speaking about the Arts and Culture program, Minister Nathi Mthethwa said:


“The Department of Arts & Culture has been delegated with the special responsibility to lead and coordinate programs on nation building and social cohesion.


We believe that this event contributes to this significant initiative to uphold the legacy and promote the values of late former president and international icon, Tat’ uNelson Mandela.

As Arts & Culture, we are privileged for this leadership role and appreciate our partnership with Sports & Recreation.”


After the medals are handed out, dignitaries such as the honourable Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula, Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa, and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation, before the star-studded entertainment begins.


The concert promises something for everyone with as emcees Lupi Ngcayisa, Tall Ass Mo and Celeste Ntuli will present artists like Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Lira, the Parlatones, Kurt Darren, the Mahotella Queens, Zakes Bantwini, Sbongile Khumalo, AKA, Beatenberg, Sifiso Ncwane,Naima Mclean, Phuzekhemisi, Zahara, Karen Zoid, Desmond and the Tutus, Zandile Mzazi, Supreme I Crew, Botlhale, Kryptonite, Gcina Mhlope, Di Tswina Tsa Ngwao and Mzwake Mbuli.


It truly is a united ensemble of some of the country’s brightest talents.


Race Pack Collection Points

Competitors can collect their race packs between the 19th and 21st of November, either at the Pilditch Stadium in Tshwane, or at the Johannesburg Stadium.



Runners (and walkers) need to register before November 17th; however, early registration is best as registration may close earlier if capacity is reached before.

Registration costs R70 for the 27km event, R50 for the 9.4km race and R40 for the Fun Walk.


Cycling registration costs R250 and entries also close on 17 November 2014.


All competitors can register on the website ( and also find all relevant information for the process on the site. If anything is confusing, please check the frequently asked questions -



Ultra Marathon entries are steadily pouring in (we have close to 4 000 entries so far) and we are about to commence the second wave of Half Marathon entries, with running club members getting their chance to scoop up the limited number of early entries available.


* Enter the Half Marathon by clicking here from 10am (SA time) on 13 November. 

* Entries will be on a first-come-first-served basis and are limited.


We want you to enjoy a smooth and hassle-free entry process. To achieve that, please click here to update your personal details before entries open.

If you encounter any problems, please call us on 021 799 3040 or chat to us on Facebook or Twitter. You can still email us at for not-so-urgent matters.


Book Launch: Runaway Comrade by Bob de la Motte

The Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) hosted the Pietermaritzburg leg of Bob de la Motte’s book launch of Runaway Comrade at Comrades House on Monday, 10 November 2014.

CMA Board Member, Cheryl Winn introduced De la Motte as one of the best runners never to have won the Comrades Marathon. De la Motte is an ultra-marathon runner, a cyclist, a mountain-biker and Ironman Competitor, an adventurer and most recently he has become an author. 

He was born in South Africa and attended Wits University. During his career as a chartered accountant and later as an investment banker, he worked in South Africa, London, the USA and ultimately in Australia where he has lived since 1987.  He has been successful in most every endeavour he has attempted and has been recognised as a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and as a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia.

Bob has a unique and remarkable record at Comrades with the distinction of being one of a select few individuals who have broken the previous record and not won. In all he completed 5 Comrades Marathons between 1981 and 1987 in which he earned 3 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze medal.

His epic duals with Bruce Fordyce were the stuff of legends and can be credited with pushing Fordyce to a 1986 down run record of 5:24:17 which stood for 21 years.  A race in which Bob also beat the previous record in a time of 5:26:12. To this day some 28 years later only 4 athletes have run faster. 

The 1980’s were a golden era for South African road running and particularly for Comrades.  With the Comrades Marathon having been opened to men and women of all races in 1975, it became the model for normal sport in South Africa.  By the 1980’s in the midst of the apartheid era and international isolation, there was a tremendous upsurge in interest and a phenomenal depth of competition within South African distance running. 

And the Comrades Marathon demonstrated on one day of the year how South Africans of all races could and should compete, behave and respect one another.

It is against the background of the politically turbulent 1980’s, that Bob has written a book which provides his own perspective of the Comrades Marathon, his experiences, rivalries,  and some of the rich and remarkable friendships he made during the time.

On his book Runaway Comrade, Cheryl says, “It is quite easily one of the most enjoyable Comrades related books to have been written in a while. Bob de la Motte has brought to the crux the value of Sport, and in particular the Comrades Marathon as a form of social cohesion and nation building in South Africa. As he eloquently puts it: 'The Comrades remains a beacon of hope’.”

Cheryl adds, “Other than a delightful, insightful and very thought-provoking look at South African running during the apartheid era, Bob's memoirs give the reader a greater knowledge of the man himself. Not only a superb runner, Bob is an accomplished triathlete, cyclist, and financial guru, whose success in his various ventures both sporting and career-wise, show him to be an indomitable spirit, and at heart a true Comrade.”

Nedbank Green Dream Team athletes scooped the men’s and women’s titles at the Soweto Marathon on Sunday, as foreign athletes dominated the annual 42km race.


Sintayehu Yinesu, Nedbank Green Dream Team International athlete from Ethiopia who finished third at the Gauteng Marathon less than two months ago, broke clear with around 10km remaining and held off a late charge by Motlokoa Nkhabutlane of Lesotho to cross the finish line in 2:17:55.

Photo: Noko Mashilo/Dailysun

Nkhabutlane was unable to close the gap over the last few kilometers and settled for second place in 2:18:12, and fellow Basotho Teboho Sello ended third in 2:18:33.

“I planned with my coach (Belay Hagos) to surge before the finish. It was a tough race but I’m happy,” Yinesu said through Hagos, acting as a translator.

The Nedbank Running Club`s, Ntsindiso Mphakathi was the first South African male athlete home in 7th place in a time of 2:23:35. This is very impressive for his first marathon and we are so pleased to see our development programme of the Nedbank Running club is reaping the rewards of the work done by Siyaya Khoza.

In the women’s race, Nedbank Running Club` Meseret Biru coasted to a comfortable victory in 2:36:02, just six weeks after she won the Cape Town Marathon in 2hours and 31 minutes.

Nedbank Green Dream Team mate and Kenyan Isabella Jepchumba took second place, more than 15 minutes off the pace.

“It was a very nice race but there were some hills so it was difficult to run a fast time,” Biru said.

Isabella Jepchumba of Kenya went into second place with a time of 02:51:32 and another Nedbank Running Club athlete, Alemtsehay Kakissa of Ethiopia with a time of 02:52:32.

Photo: Noko Mashilo/Dailysun 

Joel Mmone secured victory in the men’s half-marathon in 1:07:15, after Elroy Gelant was disqualified for not wearing a race number or a timing chip, and Mapaseka Makhanya won the women’s race in 1:22:09.

Desmond Mokgobu grabbed the men’s 10km title, and Lebogang Phalula took the women’s race with Nedbank Running Club`s Irvette Van Zyl in a close 2nd place.

Last month for 2015 Comrades Marathon Entries 

Entries for the 90th Comrades Marathon will close at month end or as soon as the cap of 23000 has been reached. The Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) has announced that more than 14230 entries have already been received since the entry process opened on 1 September 2014.

This means that less than 9000 entries are available before the overall entry process closes at the end of November or as soon as the cap has been reached. Thereafter, no entries will be accepted so runners are urged to enter as soon as possible or risk missing out.

CMA Race Director, Rowyn James says, ‘The 90th Comrades Marathon is going to be a very special one for us and our runners. We urge our runners to be a part of next year’s event on Sunday, 31 May 2015.’

The cost to South African runners is R380. Runners from the Rest of Africa will be charged an entry fee of R600 while all other International athletes will pay R2000. The entry requirements, which are clearly indicated on the entry form, must be adhered to at all times.  

Entries may be made as follows:

·        online via the Comrades Marathon website:

·        by posting the completed entry form with proof of payment to the CMA Office in Pietermaritzburg: P.O. Box 100621, Scottsville, 3209;

·        by handing in the completed entry form together with payment at the CMA office in Pietermaritzburg: 18 Connaught Road, Scottsville. 

Runners may enter the race before running a qualifying marathon (minimum qualifying distance of 42.2km run in under 5 hours) which must be run between 1 August 2014 and 3 May 2015. Please note that the 2014 Comrades Marathon will not be an automatic qualifier for the 2015 race.  Qualifying details must be submitted to the CMA by 5 May 2015.

The 90th edition of the world’s biggest and oldest ultra-marathon will be an ‘up-run’, starting at the Durban City Hall and ending at the Oval Cricket Stadium in Pietermaritzburg.

The Substitution window period will be from 1 – 21 April 2015

The Nedbank Running Club and athletes supports the UNITE4MANDELA race.


Nedbank Running Club and top Green Dream Team athletes including Bruce Fordyce-9 times Comrades winner and Bongmusa Mthembu-2014 Comrades Champion will be lining up on the 22nd of November 2014 at the Union Buildings to unite and show their support for the Nelson Mandela Sport & Culture day.

We urge all runners to come and support this race and join in the festivities on the day!


Please click here to entry form.

Please click here for the media document.

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Eric Ngubane surprise win at the 100km. Ultra-Trail in Cape Town

Eric Ngubane from the Nedbank Running Club in KZN Durban won the 100km. Ultra-Trail race in Cape Town on Saturday in a time of 10h41 minutes and 15 seconds. He beat second placed runner, Andrew Hagen with more than an hour.

He was very happy for his win in this tough trail race and was all smiles at the finish.

Eric who`s best Comrades position was 19th in 2009 with a best time of 5 hours and 53 minutes has the following to say.

“I would like to qualify for the World trail running Championships next year. I am going to specialise in trail races from now on as it seems that I can beat the best trail runners in South Africa. I would like to be seen as the best trail runner in South Africa. This was a beautiful race but very tough and I will be resting for 3 weeks before I will slowly start to run again”

The world renowned Ironman-Raynard Tissink was 4th in the race and it looks like we will see Raynard in the Comrades marathon soon. South African cycling star of the 90`s Jock Green finished 3rd.


1 ERIC NGUBANE 10:41:15      

2 ANDREW HAGEN 11:45:26

3 JOCK GREEN 11:47:59


5 NEIL QUAYLE 12:31:06 


Online entries for the 2015 Old Mutual Two Oceans Ultra Marathon open at 10am on Wednesday, 29 October 2014.

The opening of entries has been moved from the originally anticipated date of 15 October in order to make further changes to the online entry system to increase safety measures and counteract increasing instances of internet fraud. 

The 46th Ultra Marathon will take place on Easter Saturday, 4 April 2015, and the entry limit of 11 000 runners is once again expected to be reached.

To qualify for participation in the Ultra Marathon, runners must have completed at least one full marathon (42.2km) after 1 July 2014 in under five hours.  However, runners do not have to pre-qualify to enter and can submit their qualifying times at a later stage. 

South African Ultra Marathon entrants are also required to belong to a registered running club and have a valid running licence.  No temporary licences will be issued to Ultra Marathon runners.


Road Safety

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?”

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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