Nedbank remains a committed supporter and sponsor of local running. Running provides an opportunity to touch the lives of all South Africans and, because it is without cultural, racial or financial barriers, it truly is a sport for all.
Through our involvement in running we aim to achieve the following:
In early 2008 Nedbank launched the Nedbank Running Club (NRC), with 13 branches in 12 cities around the country strategically located in Gauteng (North, Central and Soweto), the Eastern Cape, the Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga, the South Western Districts, the Western Cape, the Vaal Triangle and in Central North West. The NRC now has a membership of over 3 800 people, bringing running enthusiasts together at a social and competitive level while identifying and guiding talented individuals to excel at the sport.
Nick Bester, former winner of the Comrades Marathon and a prodigiously talented multidiscipline athlete, serves as the club's national manager. The development of Nedbank Running Clubs is managed by top athletes such as Enoch Skosana, Pio Mpolokeng, Xolile Yawa and Siyaya Khoza.
Hendrick Ramaala, former winner of the New York Marathon, provides valuable insight, training and expertise for the Nedbank athletes who are aiming to represent South Africa at the 2016 Olympic Marathon in Rio De Janeiro in August.
For more information visit nedbankrunningclub.co.za.
The Dream Team consists of a mixture of top South African athletes who compete in all the recognised distances as well as many of South Africa's ultramarathons. This elite squad has been individually selected after consultation with experienced managers and coaches. Many are worldclass runners in their own right and athletes such as Modibe Ludwick Mamabolo (former Comrades Marathon winner), Claude Moshiywa (former Comrades Marathon winner), Charné Bosman (runnerup in the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon and Comrades Marathon), Irvette van Zyl (multiple SA champion), Rutendo Nyahora, Mapaseka Mapanya (multiple SA champion), Cornelia Joubert (former SA Marathon champion), David Manja, Joel Monne, Caroline Wöstmann (2015 Old Mutual Two Oceans and Comrades Marathon winner), Thabiso Coolboy Ngamole (three time SA Marathon Champion), Africa Mailola, Eric Ngubane and Sibusiso Nzima.
The Green Dream Team is supplemented by a talented squad of promising young development athletes who are nurtured by NRC across the country.
Although we were previously involved through NBS and Peoples Bank, Nedbank has been a proud major cosponsor of the 'World's Ultimate Human Race' since 2006.
Dream Team athletes have dominated recent Comrades Marathons, with the club securing seven of the 20 gold medals in 2014 and spectacular finishes for the men's first, second and third places despite a talented international contingent. The run was a triumph for South African men who took the first three spots for the first time since 1992. With a first place in the women's race, we had a total of seven spots in the top 10.
The 2015 Comrades Marathon was dominated by South Africa's Caroline Wöstmann from Pretoria, the first South African woman winner since 1995. In this marathon the Dream Team athletes dominated once again, with the club securing 10 of the 20 gold medals and winning the men's and woman's team categories.
In 2013 Nedbank scooped the Discovery Sports Industry Award for best live sporting experience for the Nedbank Green Mile and spectator spot. The location alternates between Kloof (for the downrun) and Camperdown (for the uprun), both situated next to the national freeway 26 kilometres from the end of the races. Access to the iconic Nedbank Green Mile and spectator spot is free to all supporters and it provides a welcoming place to watch the drama unfold. It creates an electrifying atmosphere over 1,6 kilometres in length, giving runners a boost when they need it most.
For more information visit comrades.com.
Nedbank Winter Race Dates and Nedbank Summer Race DatesThese popular annual publications, published by running guru Tom Cottrell, are the runner's bibles for races in South Africa. Listing over 900 races, the Nedbank Runners' Guide continues to serve the entire running community. Included in the guide are race details, costs, contact information, profiles, editor's notes and handouts.
Nedbank Winter Race Dates and Nedbank Summer Race Dates are two supplements that keep runners informed on race dates during the year, and include popular training programmes and logbooks. The Nedbank Runners' Guide is also available for mobile devices on iTunes for Apple and Play Store for Android.
For more information visit; runnersguide.co.za.
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