Nedbank runified series and races picking up pace
July 23, 2020  

With the entire World at standstill currently due to the Covid19 pandemic that is busy sweeping its way around the World, sport has taken a serious knock with many events around the World being cancelled or postponed to next year. Virtual events are now the go to for many sporting enthusiasts and the Nedbank running club is leading the forefront in the running space in South Africa.

For a first in Africa, the Nedbank running club partnered up with world renowned fitness app, Strava, to bring the Nedbank runified series. Open to anyone, the runified series offers prizes to runners who on Strava join the Nedbank running club page and take part over a variety of distances from 5km up to the half marathon distance which see’s the 4th and final event come to an end on 24 October.

On the first challenge over 5km which ends on 25 July, there have been some speedy times run. Leading the males is Francois Maquassa who is quickest in 16:12. On the ladies’ side, junior athlete and Nedbank running club member Tonya Schoeman in a speedy 18:09.

Over 60 000 runners from around the Country have signed up to the #NedbankRunified series and looks to pass 70 000 for the next challenge run over 8km which starts on 8 August 2020. Stay tuned to our pages as we bring you the top 10 men and women next week after the first challenge ends.

Besides the runified series, an internal Nedbank running club 10km was held, open to all registered Nedbank running club members in South Africa with prize money paid to the top 10 men and women. “We decided to do these fun events for our athletes in order to keep the motivation and spirit of the team together,” said Nick Bester, National team manager said. “It gives everyone something to keep the training going and the spirits high.”

For the first event, run over 10km, it was green dream team runner Joel Mmone who led the way, recording the quickest 10km time to take the win ahead of this years Om Die Dam 50km winner and Olympian Juan Van Deventer who came 2nd and another Olympian Sibusiso Nzima who rounded off the podium in 3rd. On the women’s side, Comrades record breaker Gerda Steyn who also qualified for the Olympic marathon blitzed the fastest 10km in the heat and humidity of Dubai. Behind her, Kelly Van Vliet from Nedbank running club PE was 2nd and Deanne Horn 3rd.

Here are the top 10 results from the first event:

Here are the top 10 results from the first event:

Nedbank RC Internal 10km

 

Men

 
   

1. Joel Mmone

CNW

2. Juan Van Deventer

AGN

3. Sibusiso Nzima

CGA

4. Malusi Dlomo

AGN

5. David Manja

CNW

6. Phillimon Mathiba

CGA

7. Andile Motwani

PE

8. Siyabonga Sakwe

WP

9. Mario Rossouw

SWD

10. Henry Crause

PE

 

Women

 
   

1. Gerda Steyn

CGA

2. Kelly van Vliet

PE

3. Deanne Horn

CGA

4. Charlene Archer

AGN

5. Cecilia Nel

SWD

6. Chrizell Roberts

CGA

7. Ntombesintu Mfunzi

PE

8. Charmaine Lamprecht

SWD

9. Annatjie Botes 

SWD

10. Fikile Mbuthuma

KZN