Hendrik Ramaala can cause Two Oceans Marathon upset.
Local hero, the 42 year old Hendrik Ramaala who represented South African in the Olympics and World Marathon Championships and who boasted a best marathon time of 2 hours 6 minutes and 55 seconds (London marathon in 2006) will be lining up in the colours of the Nedbank Green Dream Team on Saturday 19 April 2014 in the 56km Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon.
“I am planning on following my own schedule but can also adapt during the race to run in the lead pack. The pace will definitely not be too fast for me because I ran in several world breaking marathon races in my career. I am also fully aware that weather conditions can play a major role in the outcome of the race” said Ramaala Wednesday.
There is one million rand up for grabs as an extra incentive for the athletes who break the men’s and women’s course records. The current records stand behind Thompson Magawana with a time of 3 hours 3 minutes and 44 seconds in 1988 and Frith Van Der Merwe who clocked 3 hours 30 minutes and 36 seconds in 1989.
The Nedbank Running Club has a total of 889 athletes running in the 2014 Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon and is expecting a golden performance yet again from their top athletes.
Dear Nedbank Running Club Chairman, Committee members and runners.
The very popular and exciting Old Mutual Two Oceans marathon will be run on Saturday the 19th of April 2014 and this promise to be yet again an unforgettable experience.
The Nedbank Running Clubs athletes –all 889 of them-will yet again be treated with Spur food and drinks that will be provided by Granite Event Management at our hospitality tent situated on the outside (western side) of the finish venue just next to the pedestrian bridge, parallel with Rugby Road.-See full venue layout click here!
There will be a marquee with decor as well as the tables, chairs and bean bags for the tired runners to relax on. Just look out for the Nedbank Gazebo’s and feather flags.
Come and exchange your experience of the day`s racing with fellow Nedbank Running Club members and meet top National and International GREEN DREAM TEAM athletes.
Menu and program of events.
You will be met at the exit of the finish area after you collect your medal by a IWYZE- NEDBANK Running Club representative wearing the following t-shirt (see below) who will escort or direct you to the tent and will give you a voucher for your food and drinks.
Spur Beef, Chicken or Veggie Burgers
These meals will be accompanied by serviettes and Spur Table Sauces
1 Cool drink & 1 Beer / Cider per person
Please make sure your runners know about this so that they don’t miss out.
Nick Bester-National Manager of the Nedbank Running Clubs.
NIKE UNVEIL NEW NEDBANK RUNNING CLUB KIT FOR 2014
GREEN DREAM TEAM JUST DO IT IN NEW NIKE RUNNING KIT
Nike South Africa and the Nedbank Running Club today revealed the new competition race kits that will be worn by the Nedbank ‘Green Dream Team’ athletes as well as the thousands of Nedbank Running Club members across the country in their first road races starting this weekend.
The modern Nike race kit collection, showcased by specialist distance runners including Charne Bosman, Myrette Filmalter, Ludwick Mamabolo, Rutendo Nyahora and Juan van Deventer; features high performance innovation with environmentally sustainable design.
(Rutendo Nyahora, Charne Bosman, Juan van Deventer, Myrette Filmalter, Ludwick Mamabolo)
The men’s and women’s race singlets are made from recycled fabric, and the design includes a two-tone green colourway with a subtle yet bold print design. The singlets are paired with green race shorts or capri tights.
The singlets also feature Nike Dri-FIT technology that helps to regulate athletes’ temperatures while running by drawing sweat away from the body and through the fabric to help keep athletes dry and cool. Lightweight mesh is featured on back or on the sides for more ventilation, while bonded seams on the singlet provide a seamless fit to minimize distractions.
The kit is exclusively available to the club, while the new Nike Free 2014 footwear collection including the Nike Free 3.0 Flyknit, Nike Free 4.0 Flyknit and Nike Free 5.0 will be available in stores from April 8.
The three-year partnership, which commenced from January 2014, will see Nike as the official technical team kit partner to the Nedbank Running Club, providing apparel and footwear for the club’s elite ‘Green Dream Team’ athletes.
Says Nick Bester, Nedbank Running Club National Manager: “We are thrilled to be associated with the top sports brand in the world, and very pleased to have secured an important partner for our Nedbank Green Dream Team athletes.”
“With our athletes competing in as many distance road races this season, including the Two Oceans Marathon and Comrades Marathon, our athletes need a kit that is lightweight and high in performance, and the new kit delivers on that.”
Nedbank decided to accommodate all their Nedbank Running Club athletes that were registered club members in 2013 by sponsoring R80-00 towards every vest and short or crop top and tight if they buy theirs before end of May to be ready for the Comrades marathon.
Please contact your local Nedbank Running Club to get yours as soon as possible.
Sophia Sundberg in training for Comrades Marathon.
The Swedish 100km champion and 5th in the World 100km championships are currently in South Africa in preparation for the
Comrades marathon in June.
Sophia, who will be representing the Nedbank Green Dream Team decided to come to South Africa to feel the climate and to make herself familiar with the terrain so that she know what to expect during the Comrades Marathon.
Sophia and her training partner, Markus ran the Denel half marathon as well as the Jackie Gibson marathon this weekend of 29 and 30 March 2014.
They thoroughly enjoyed their stay and training in South Africa and I also enjoyed to run with them on several days this week.
Let’s wait and see how she will do on Comrades later this year who are boasting with a time of 7hours and 53 minutes for a 100km.
We are expecting that the NEDBANK GREEN DREAM TEAM will be in full force at the front of this year’s Comrades yet again!
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