Nedbank running club in the search for glory at Spar ladies grand prix 2024
March 20, 2024  
This Sunday see’s the 2024 Spar ladies 10km Grand Prix series kick off a new season as it returns to the Mother City of Cape Town, and after dominating the 2023 series, the Nedbank running club returns to the city in search for glory again.

With complete dominating fashion last year, Nedbank running club green dream team athletes Tadu Nare and Selam Gebre set the series alight taking the first two positions overall and Nare defending her series title. Both Nare and Gebre won’t be in action this weekend, but they have handed over the baton to two junior athletes who will be looking to make a name for themselves in South Africa just as Nare and Gebre did in the series as juniors.

“We are building a new look Nedbank running club Ethiopian team and just like we did with Tadu and Selam giving them a platform to perform and become world class athletes, we are doing the same and bringing two very talented juniors for this year’s series,” said Nick Bester, the National team manager for the Nedbank running club.

Diniva Kedir Abaraya and Getenesh Sase Agafaw make the trip to Cape Town with all eyes on the top two spots of the podium. Agafaw ran for the first time in South Africa last year on the tough Run Your City 10km course in Pretoria where she ran a fast 32:46 for 2nd and will be looking at a quick time in Cape Town. Abaraya boasts a 32:03 pb from last years Run Your City Durban 10km.

“These two youngsters are stars in the making and the Nedbank running club have stepped in to assist them in achieving their goals and giving them a platform like the Spar ladies grand prix series to not only earn very good money but also the ability to make a name for themselves and run internationally just like Tadu and Selam have done,” says Bester.

Both Nare and Gebre will be in action again this year in the Spar lady’s grand prix series but will miss the first race due to other commitments. Also in action on the weekend and looking to run a quick 10km will be 2nd placed Comrades Marathon finisher Adele Broodryk. A potential new world best could also fall on Sunday in the form of Nedbank running club superstar Margie Saunders. The 71-year-old recently set a new world best over 25km and is in great shape to have a shot at taking the 10km world best time.