Nedbank Running Club - Special Edition Two Oceans and Comrades shirts
We are pleased to announce that the Nedbank Running Club will be offering all its members special edition long sleeve shirts for both the 2015 Two Oceans and Comrades marathons.
The shirts will be made out of trilobal moisture management material.
Two Oceans Long Sleeve T-Shirt
Comrades Long Sleeve T-Shirt
The cost will be in the region of 235 Rand 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 available will be SMALL to XXL.
Please e-mail your orders to your Nedbank Running Club Chairman
Nedbank Running Club Bloem Achilles development athletes shine in track and field.
The Nedbank Running Club Bloem Achilles development athletes did exceptionally well in the Sentraal NWU Pukke School Top 20 which was held on 13 February 2015. Jingose Leonard, couch of the team, announced that their performance spoke volumes at the event.
There are 11 Nedbank Running Clubs in South Africa and each club do have a strong development initiative. The development is aimed at athletes between the ages of 16 to 23.
The development squad is also seen as a feeder team for athletes to be elected to the Nedbank Elite GREEN DREAM TEAM.
The results for the Sentraal NWU Pukke School shows the dedication and commitment these athletes bring to the fore.
Boys (19 years):
800m 7th Velaphi Qwalani 2:00:59
1500m 1st Velaphi Qwalani 04:04:51
Girls (17 years):
1500m 3rd Puleng Matlosa 05:13:60
Girls (19 years):
1500m 1st Rethabile Jabane 05:20:88
Nedbank Running Club Gauteng North’s Lameck Misiwa wins Bestmed Tuks half-marathon
Excellent performances were recorded in all the races, especially in the more serious 10km and 21km events where athletes showed brilliant form.
The Nedbank Green Dream Team athlete, Rutendo Nyahora, won the women’s section of the 10km race with a time of 35 minutes and 34 seconds
Lameck Misiwa was the surprising winner of the half-marathon in the men’s section with a time of 67 minutes and 36 seconds.
Gift of the Givers - Township Marathon
It was a great day on the road this passing weekend with fantastic achievements of the Nedbank Running Club athletes. Nedbank Soweto Development Runners turned the podium green as they aimed at winning the 10km and 21km Team prizes. A total of 26 Nedbank Soweto Development athletes entered the 10km, 21km and 42km races.
Nedbank Development Running Club, Soweto shows how it’s done at Pirates Race
The Nedbank Development Club in Soweto took part in the Pirates 21km race on Sunday, 15 February. Under couch Siyaya Khoza, athletes achieved great times. The men’s team were also awarded the Team Prize after the race. Great job!
3 Derocious Makhobalo 1:09:39
4 Xolisa Tyali 1:10:02
9 Tumelo Mahlangu 1:15:03
1 Simon Pholo 1:11:57
2 Zongamele Dyubeni 1:20:16
2 Cornelia Joubert 1:24:03
Great performance in 1500m track meeting, Potchefstroom
The Nedbank Development Running Club in Klerksdorp took part in the track meeting recently. Under the management and coaching of Pio Mpolokeng, great times were achieved by athletes in the 1500m track meeting. Well done guys!
2 - Joel Mmone 3:55
3 - David Manja 3:58
4 - Thabang Mosiako 3:58
Nedbank Running Club reinforces its support for drug-free Sport in South Africa
The Nedbank Running Club (NRC) is reaffirming its stand against doping in South African sport ahead of the 2015 Old Mutual Two Oceans and Comrades marathons. The NRC is supplying their list of top athletes taking part in the 2015 Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon to the South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS), requiring these athletes to submit their daily and weekly whereabouts to the testing authority to ensure that they can be tested with no-notice at anytime and anywhere.
“The NRC has over 800 runners taking part in the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon and this is an ideal time for us to reaffirm our stance on anti-doping matters in SA sport by ensuring that our sportsmen and women compete without the use of performance enhancing drugs,” says Nick Bester National Manager at NRC.
Sport plays an essential role in South African culture with large sporting events attracting thousands of fans to support their teams or favourite individuals. The wide-spread popularity and high commercial value of our marathon events can lead to the temptation for athletes to try short-cuts and cheating to achieve victory. Doping is a form of cheating that tarnishes the sport and the running community.
In addition to the initiatives instituted by the NRC the club also supports the SAIDS’ ‘I Play Fair – Say NO! to Doping’ campaign to tackle doping in SA sports and create awareness around playing fair, ethics and anti-doping.
A number of popular South African sportsmen and women have committed to this initiative including sports starts such as Victor Mattfield, Pier Spies, Natalie du Toit and many more.
The NRC is reinforcing this message to all athletes in South African sports and re-affirming that doping will not be tolerated within the NRC. “We are 100 percent behind the no-doping initiative. We have declined a request from Natalia Volgina to represent our running club at the 2015 Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon due to her testing positive for doping two years ago,” adds Bester.
“We believe it is essential for us to stand behind this initiative and ensure that our 3300 members remain drug-free while also promoting the anti-doping message to all sporting individuals,” concludes Bester.
NRC launched 13 running clubs in various regions in 2008, matching the Nedbank essence to bring running enthusiasts together at a social and competitive level while also identifying and guiding talented individuals to excel at the sport. Regions include Gauteng North, Central Gauteng, Mpumalanga, Vaal Triangle Free State, Western Province, Eastern province, Kwa-Zulu Natal and Central North West Province. They also boast two clubs in Kagiso near Soweto and Klerksdorp in the Central North West Province purely focused on developing and nurturing new talent.
For more information, visit www.nedbankrunningclub.co.za or Tel 012 541 0577 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon organisers launch Ultra Trail Run
The organisers of the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon have launched an Ultra Trail Run event to complement the sold-out Trail Runs already in place over the Easter Weekend.
The inaugural Old Mutual Two Oceans Ultra Trail Run will take place on Sunday, 24 May 2015. The event will feature a 22km trail run, and introduce The Beast 45km Ultra Trail Run.
Entries will open at 10 am on Thursday, 5 March 2015.
“We have been looking for opportunities to extend our trail run offering for a while, especially considering the popularity of the Old Mutual Two Oceans Trail Runs that take place on Good Friday, and the limited number of runners we can take through the Table Mountain National park on the day,” says Carol Vosloo, General Manager, Two Oceans Marathon NPC.
“It is therefore thrilling to be able to give our runners another day of quality time on our beautiful mountain trails.”
The Ultra Trail Run will start and finish at the Lion’s Den at the Old Zoo by Rhodes Memorial.
The 22km run will follow the same route as its Easter Weekend counterpart, while The Beast 45km Ultra will explore the various contour paths of Devil’s Peak, Kloof Nek and the Pipe Track, and ultimately summit Maclear’s Beacon before descending the treacherous Nursery Ravine and returning to the finish via Newlands Forest.
The Old Mutual Two Oceans Ultra Trail Run will be organised in conjunction with trail specialists, Energy Events.
Adds Trevor Ball of Energy Events: “Table Mountain is one of the most incredible trail running venues on the planet and this tough route will challenge the best runners. Taking in three brutal climbs, trail runners can explore the mountain top wilderness of one of Natural Wonders of the World.”
For four decades and a millennium these records have stood unchallenged. When Thompson Magawana romped home in 3:03:44 in 1988 and when a year later Frith van der Merwe stopped the clock in 3:30:36, who would have believed these records would endure for so long? But the Two Oceans is an uncompromising ultra-marathon, and it will require more than a special effort to claim that scalp. In 2015 The Nedbank Running Club is preparing to make an assault on history. The Mean Green Dream Team is looking at re-writing this long-standing story and break both the men’s and woman’s records. The race organisers are betting big money on this too, if the overall winner breaks the course record in either category there is a staggering million Rand take-home purse.
There are at least two South Africans who have such ambitions. Second placed in 2013, Charne Bosman finished in a respectable 3:40:19. To be sure her steely determination places her well for another podium finish at least. Then there is Olympian Hendrik Ramaaala who finished second last year on debut. The Green Team is strengthened by an international contingent of top Ethiopian athletes like Teshome Etanat Gelana, Gashaw Melese Asfaw and Mohammed Temam Husien. Can this formidable team achieve the impossible? Only the grass on the UCT rugby field on Easter Saturday will tell.
The Nedbank Running Club have 770 entrants running the most beautiful race in the world and over a thousand tackling the Comrades Marathon at the end of May.
Jonas Buud withdraws from Comrades Marathon.
Jonas Buud, Nedbank Green Dream Team athlete and runner up in the 2013 Comrades marathon, has announced his withdrawal from this year’s race due to a stress fracture in his pelvic bone, announced Nick Bester, National Manager at the Nedbank Running Club.
“Unfortunately I have incurred a hip injury - a stress fracture of the pelvic bone. After doing a magnetic X-ray, my judgment is to not run before May. As you can imagine, it will be hard for me not to run the Comrades this year - really boring,” says Buud.
Buud finished second at the 2013 Comrades behind Claude Moshiywa in a time of 5 hours and 41 minutes. He has also received 3 Comrades gold medals and won the Swiss Davos Ultra Marathon seven times.
“I am disappointed with the news that Jonas will not take part in the Comrades this year. He is a strong uphill runner and, I believe, could have challenged a win this year. We at the Nedbank Running Club hope he recover quickly and is ready to tackle the Comrades again next year,” concludes Bester.
Jonas finishing 2nd in the 2013 Comrades
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