Nedbank Running Club threepeats podium clean sweep at Spar Grand Prix
July 18, 2022  

It was a sea of green again upfront as the Nedbank running club dominated the 3rd leg of the 2022 Spar Ladies 10km Grand Prix series as the event went to hilly Mbombela. Just like the team did in the previous two editions this year, Nedbank running club filled the first 3 positions upfront.

2021 series winner who was tied for first place in the series with teammate Helalia Johannes at the top of the leader board with 1 victory each, ran a tactically smart race to edge ahead in the final kilometre to take victory and move ahead at the top of the table. Her time of 32:43 was quick, considering the hilly nature of the course. 

“The course for me was not too hard because I am used to training on hills,” said a smiling Nare afterwards. “My plan for this race was just to stick with Helalia and let her dictate the pace and then I told myself that in the final kilometre, I would kick for the finish and that is exactly how it worked out.”

Johannes finished 2nd in 33:02, holding off 17-year-old junior Selam Gebre who finished 10 seconds off, recording yet another 3rd place finish from all 3 events this year so far. “I ran my own race, and I am happy with what I achieved today,” said Johannes who also showed great teamwork and camaraderie when she noticed Nare had missed the final water point on the hill and gave her water. “We are friends and teammates, so I had to make sure she was ok,” said Johannes of the special gesture. 

It will be hard for Johannes to catch Nare who now leads the overall series with 2 victories to Johannes’s 1, as Johannes misses the next edition of the race as it heads to Tshwane on 6 August due to her racing schedule. Johannes heads to Birmingham where she will be aiming to defend her Commonwealth Games Marathon title after taking victory in the Gold Coast back in 2018. 

The Nedbank running club congratulates their runners on setting yet again, some record-breaking performances