Nedbank Green Dream Team Athlete, Riana van Niekerk, wins her 6th title at the Old Mutual Om die Dam ultra-marathon
Four time Comrades Marathon gold medalist, Riana Van Niekerk, won the women’s race in 3:30:07 at the annual 50km Old Mutual Om die Dam event in Hartbeespoort.
Riana’s Nedbank Running Club team mate, Emmerentia Rautenbach, finished second in 3:33:35 - just over three minutes behind Riana and former champion and Nedbank Running Club Gauteng North athlete, Lizih Chokore from Zimbabwe, took third place in 3:40:43.
William Mokwalakwa defended his title in the men’s race, securing victory in 2:57:59 on the newly designed route. William was well clear of Nedbank Running Clubs Felix Mushurwa, who took second place in 3:01:05.
Nedbank Running Clubs Eliya Mogoboya took third position, a further 35 seconds off the pace.
Coolboy Ngamole from the Nedbank Development Club Central North West won the men’s half-marathon race in 1:09:39 and Nedbank Running Club Gauteng North’s Catherine Skhosana bagged the women’s title in 1:25:30.
Nedbank Running Club Men’s team is did exceptionally well and putting in a brilliant display when they placed 9 men in the top 10 at the Old Mutual Om die Dam.
Comrades Marathon Substitution Process opens on 1 April 2015
Comrades Marathon runners who were unable to enter the 2015 Comrades Marathon during the official entry period (1 September – 30 November 2014) now have an opportunity to still be part of the world’s biggest and oldest ultra-marathon through the official 2015 Substitution process during the first three weeks of April.
The Comrades Marathon Association’s (CMA) Substitution Rule allows for a runner who has not entered to substitute an entrant who has withdrawn, or intends to withdraw from the 2015 edition of The Ultimate Human Race.
Substitutions can only take effect on a like for like basis, meaning SA runners can only substitute for SA entrants, Rest of Africa (ROA) for other ROA runners and International runners for International entrants. The Substitution process officially opens on 1 April and closes on 21 April 2015.
The completed application forms as specified in the Substitution Rule must reach the CMA office by 21 April 2015. There will be no extension of this deadline and no postal applications will be accepted.
Athletes still intending to submit Substitution application forms are advised to visit the official Comrades Marathon website at www.comrades.com for the downloadable forms and the comprehensive list of rules and regulations which govern the Substitution process. Prospective substitutes are encouraged to do their application online.
Race Director Rowyn James says, ‘The Substitution Rule has been very well received by our runners over the past three years thereby ensuring that as many athletes as possible have the opportunity to participate in the Comrades Marathon.’
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 requests donations for Vukile Skoti to attend the 2015 Nedbank National Championships for the Physically Disabled
Vukile Skoti, Nedbank Running Club athlete, has been selected to represent the Western Province Sports Association for the physically disabled and visually impaired at the 2015 Nedbank National Championships for the Physically Disabled. The event will take place in Johannesburg from 27 March 2015 to 02 April 2015 and Vukile requires donations to allow him to take part in this event.
“I am excited at this prospect - my dream is to one day represent South Africa in the Paralympics and this is bringing me one step closer to reaching this goal. I have trained hard and competed both in the ‘normal’ and disabled track and field meetings – preparing me mentally and physically for this event,” says Vukile.
Nick Bester, National Manager at the Nedbank Running Club has donated R2 500.00 towards Vukile’s costs. “This is a great opportunity for Vukile and I am asking every member if they can please assist Vukile by making a small contribution towards some of his costs. The money that is donated will all go to Vukile’s participation in this event including transport, accommodation, meals, track shoes and running clothes,” says Nick.
“I would be grateful if I can receive assistance with regards to the costs involved for this event. Any contribution would be gratefully appreciated,” adds Vukile.
Let us all pull together and help Vukile take part in this prestigious event. Donations can be deposited into the below bank account. Should you require any more information, please contact Nick directly on 012 541 0577.
Banking details: Standard Bank
WP Sport Association for the Physically Disabled
Account Number: 07151260
Branch: Paarl – Code: 051001
Reference: Vukile Skoti
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