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Lungile Qongga “books” ticket to Rio – and Nedbank Running Club adds some green to the Cape Town MarathonNyahora back to best
It was an impressive Weekend for the Nedbank Running Club, with four podiums, an Olympic Qualifier and “victory” over the invited athletes.
Lungile Qongga stole the show on Sunday 20 September when he finished second in the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon behind Kenya’ Shadrack Kemboi Kipchirchir in a time of 2:11.58.
The lead group had gone through halfway in a pedestrian 67min which played into the hands Kemboi and Qongga. A field had been assembled with no less than 8 sub 2:10 marathoners, but on the day none of them were able to deliver and it was left to Qongga to push the pace at around 28km. Only Kemboi was able to go with him. The Kenyan had too much in the tank though and when he made his move at around 34km, Qongga was not able to respond. However the Nedbank WP athlete was not going to let anyone else catch him and crossed the finish line 17seconds behind Kemboi with a time of 2:11.58.
SASCOC, the Olympic governing body in South Africa, have set the qualification criteria for the marathon for the Rio Olympics to commence from 1 May this year. That means that Lungile Qongga is the first South African to set a qualification standard since the criteria has been announced.
Qongga will be very happy after this weekend’s efforts. He pocketed R130 000 for the runners up sport and an additional R100 000 as first South African AND WP athlete across the finish line. “I am happy with my run, this was really not expected. I was not able to go with Kemboi, but being the first South Africa across the line and first WP athlete and first Nedbank athlete is a great honour for me.”
Sibusiso Nzima of Nedbank Running Club Gauteng was 6th with a time of 2:15.37.
It did not end there though. Folavio Sehole was third and Mapaseka Makhanya, returning from injury, was second in the 10km Peace Run. Sehole was times at 29:36 and Makhanya was a mere 15seconds behind winner Lebogang Phalula with a time of 34:28. “I’m satisfied, not happy, but satisfied with my run today. I am now getting back into shape after my injury,” said the likeable Mapasexy as she is better known as.
Old Mutual Two Oceans and Comrades Marathon Champion, Caroline Wostmann continued her preparations for an assault on the New York Marathon in November by finishing a comfortable 7th, crossing the line in 35:22.
Andronica Mokgotla got the weekend started on Saturday with her win in the 22km Peace Trail run. Makgotla took charge from the get-go and led from start to finish. Katya Soggot and Meg Mackenzie chased hard throughout but a wrong turn meant they cut out approximately one kilometer from the overall distance. This shortcut meant they crossed the finish line first and second, but after both these runners were penalized by 10 minutes they moved down to second and third as Makgotla took first place in a time of 1:54:36. Soggot was relegated to second position with a time of 1:56:02 while Mackenzie slotted in at third with a time of 1:56:58.
Andronica runs for the Nedbank Development Club Soweto.
Two weeks left for South African Early Bird Entries
The Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) has confirmed that more than 6500 entries have already been received since the 2016 Comrades Marathon entry process opened on 1 September 2015. Please visit www.comrades.com to view the rising entry barometer.
CMA Race Director, Rowyn James has reminded all South African athletes that there are only two weeks remaining before the special early bird entry fee of R380 expires. James says, ‘We hope to have as many South African runners take advantage of this special offer. As of 1 October, the South African entry fee will increase to R420.’
The three month long entry process will close on 30 November 2015 or as soon as the entry cap of 20,000 has been reached. Entry fees for the 2016 Comrades Marathon are as follows:
·Local Entries: R 420.00
·Rest of Africa: R 700.00
Entry is free to all runners who have completed the Comrades Marathon 25 times or more.
Runners can enter as follows:
·online via the Comrades Marathon website: www.comrades.com;
·by posting their completed entry form with proof of payment to the CMA Office in Pietermaritzburg:
P.O. Box 100621, Scottsville, 3209;
·by handing in their completed entry form together with the original bank deposit slip at the CMA office in Pietermaritzburg.
Entry forms are available at local running clubs, provincial sporting federations and the CMA office; as well as selected qualifying races which the Comrades Team will be attending from September to November.
Next year’s down-run will be the 91st edition of the world’s greatest ultra-marathon on Sunday, 29 May 2016. The race starts at the Pietermaritzburg City Hall at 05h30 and ends 12 hours later at the Sahara-Kingsmead Cricket Stadium in Durban, covering a distance of around 90km.
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Nyahora back to bestKakissa out to defend title
Alemtsehay Kakissa is set on defending her 2014 Legends Ultra Marathon title and to once again pocket the R120 000 prize money. In 2014 she clocked 4:50.14 for the grueling 68km race that starts in Bisho and ends in East London.
There is very little chance of hiding from the elements on this course, which features constant rolling hills, but yet it attracts some big names to the race every year.
The Nedbank Green Dream Team has an impressive history at this race and intends to maintain it by entering a strong field.
In 2014 it was a 1-2 for the NGDT with Kakissa winning and Jennifer Koech second. Former Comrades Marathon winner, Ludwick Mamabolo was second in 2013, whilst Elias Mabane finished in the same position a year later, with Lympson Maifo just finishing out of the medals in 4th.
The intentions are clear though. Defending champion and former Comrades Marathon winner, Stephen Muhzhingi will need to work extremely hard if they expect to be on top of the winner’s rostrum on 3 October. The NGDT have entered some of their top names.
Ludwick Mamabolo is back this year, hoping to improve on that second place from 2013; he will be joined by Claude Moshiywa (2014 Comrades winner), Hermans Mokgadi, Lympson Maifu and Eiiya Mogoboya.
The race takes place on Saturday 3 October and will be broadcast Live on SABC 2
LEGENDS MARATHON 2015
The third edition of the Legends Marathon, which boasts R1m in prize money, will take place on Saturday, 3 October 2015, in East London. Three events will be offered, 68 km ultra-marathon, 21.1km half marathon and 5km fun run.
We recommend all Nedbank Running Club Athletes to enter the Legends Marathon
Click here for online registration or on the image below for the entry form
Spar Womans Challange Johannesburg
Final onslaught on Spar Ladies race
October 11 is Spar Ladies Race Series Final. A deceptively tough course through the suburbs of Wanderers and Rosebank will see some 12000 or so runners line up and chase personal glory. There is also a big challenge on at the top end of the race with Lebogang Phalula leading the standings on 75pts ahead of Cornelia Joubert (Nedbank Green Dream Team) on 61pts and Mapaseka Makhanya (also Nedbank Green Dream Team) on 57pts.
It will be a tough ask for Joubert or Makhanya to dethrone Lebogang Phalula and snatch the R150 000 first prize away from her. Joubert will need to win the race and Phalula finish worse than 15th if she wants to take the overall title.
Whilst it is unlikely that Phalula will lose the overall title, the Nedbank Dream Green Team has been very successful in the Series with 5 athletes lying in the top 10. Joubert and Makhanya have already been mentioned; the other three are Ntombisintu Mfunzi (8th – 40pts); Irvette van Zyl (9th – 30pts) and Bulelwa Simae 10th on 29pts. 2013 Grand Prix winner Mapaseka Makhanya, who topped the log for the first two races, after winning in record time in Cape Town, has bounced back from fifth place to third
Van Zyl is hardly likely to be racing after the birth of LJ Van Zyl Junior on Monday 7 September.
Also look out for Old Mutual Two Oceans and Comrades Marathon winner, Caroline Wostmann and Comrades Marathon runner Charne Bosman after the two finished 8th and 7th at the Spar Ladies Race in Pretoria on 29 August. Wostmann in particular has been in demand after her incredible 2015 and was part of a panel at the Spar Ladies Race Final Launch on Tuesday 8 September.
Nedbank, who were ousted from the top spot on the club ladder by Boxer last year, are comfortably in the lead with 302 points. Boxer are in second place, with 282, followed by Transnet, with 96.
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!
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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?”
‘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.
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.
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