Nedbank remains a committed supporter and sponsor of domestic road running. Road running provides an opportunity to touch the lives of all South Africans without experiencing cultural, racial, or financial barriers - running is truly a sport for all.
Nedbank's involvement in road running is aimed at addressing three requirements:
To establish running clubs that would focus on attracting Nedbank employees, Nedbank clients and the general public to the sport of road running, thereby growing the base of active athletes in the country.
Secondly, to attract the cream of South African runners with a view to raising the quality of local athletes so that South African runners could once again compete on the world stage.
Lastly, to create a family based experienced that was non-threatening or intimidating to social runners or walkers who were interested in staying fit, socialising or simply enjoying a healthy lifestyle and improve their sporting ability.
Nedbank Running Clubs
Early 2008, Nedbank launched eleven Nedbank Running clubs based in 13 cities around the country to match the Nedbank footprint and in essence, bring all running enthusiasts together at a social and competitive level while identifying and guiding talented individuals to excel at the sport.
The NRC now has a membership of over 3100! Clubs are strategically located in Boland, Gauteng (North and Central), Eastern Cape, Free State, KwaZulu Natal, Mpumalanga, South Western Districts, Western Cape, Vaal Triangle, Central North West and in the "old" Transkei.
Nick Bester, a past winner of the Comrades Marathon and a multi discipline athlete of incredible proportions serves as the club's national manager. Bruce Fordyce; one of South Africa's leading proponents of distance running, winner of nine Comrades Marathons and three London to Brighton races; is the Public Relations Manager of the Nedbank Running Club and CEO of the Central Gauteng club.
The Dream Team consists of a mixture of top South African athletes. They compete in all the recognised distances as well as many of South Africa's ultra marathons. This elite squad has been individually selected after consultation with experienced managers and coaches. Many are world class runners in their own right and include: Lungile Rado, Gerrie Coetzee, Bruce Fordyce, and Rene Kalmer.
The Green Dream Team is supplemented by a talented squad of promising young athletes that are nurtured by the Nedbank Running Club.
Nedbank has been a proud major co - sponsor of the "world's ultimate human race" since 2006, although the brand was previously supported by NBS and Peoples Bank in years prior to their renaming and inclusion in Nedbank. Hosted by the Comrades Marathon Association, the 2012 edition will take place on Sunday 3 June. The race is always run on the historic Old Main Road between the two KwaZulu Natal cities of Durban and Pietermaritzburg with the start and finish points generally alternating annually between the two.
The 87th running of this classic ultra marathon will be an down run from Pietermarizburg to Durban and entries open on 1 September and will be limited to the first 18 000 runners. The "Comrades Marathon Experience" Expo will be taking place in Durban, from 31 May to 2 June at the Durban Exhibition Centre and precedes the race where participants come to register for the race, while members of the public get to browse and shop for running and sports related products and services at this health and wellness exhibition.
An annual feature at the Comrades Marathon, Nedbank will once again recognise both athletes and their supporters through the Nedbank Supporters Spot and Nedbank Green Mile. The location is the stunning village of Kloof. The location will provide supporters grandstand seating to watch all the running action. Also on offer are refreshments on sale via local charities, a kid's play area for the young at heart, plus music and entertainment. Easy access to the Nedbank Supporters Spot can be gained from the M13 highway travelling east towards Durban. All welcome, so come be part of the Action!
Nedbank will also man a waterpoint on route for the runners for a record 31st time in 2012. For more information on the race, including entries, maps and Nedbank Spectator spot, visit: www.comrades.com
Nedbank Runners' Guide 2012 to road and off-road races in South Africa
This popular annual publication, published by running guru Tom Cottrell, is once again the road runner's "bible" for road races in South Africa. At 415 pages and listing over 900 races, it continues to serve the entire road running community. Includes race details, costs, contact information, profiles, editor's notes and handouts etc. Available online at Kalahari.net, leading book stores, Sportsman's Warehouse stores and leading running sports stores. Suggested retail R120.00
Nedbank's Race Dates Jan – June 2012
Nedbank has again teamed up with Tom Cottrell to publish this sought after supplement to the Runners' Guide. It is launched early in January 2012, and offers tips and advice for road runners. Lindsey Parry, the official Comrades Marathon coach, added a special training advise section to get all beginners and runners through various race distances. A comprehensive listing of some 500 races from January to June 2012 are chronologically arranged in the book. Available online at Kalahari.net, leading book stores, Sportsman's Warehouse and leading running sports stores. Suggested retail R20.00
Nedbank's Race Dates June to December 2012
Launched yearly at the Comrades Marathon, Tom Cottrell updates some 400 races from June to December 2012. Will include various training programmes and the ever popular logbook sections. Available online at Kalahari.net, book stores, Sportsman's Warehouse and leading running sports stores. Suggested retail R20.00