Nedbank Running Club Overview
Whether your goal is to get fit, kick a habit, lose a few centimeters or just improve your general health, road running offers a cheap, easy way to achieve your goals.
With Nedbank’s help, getting started is easier than you think thanks to one of Nedbank’s 13 Nedbank Running Clubs located across the country.
The Nedbank Running Clubs (NRC) were founded 8 years ago with the aim of attracting Nedbank employees, Nedbank clients and the general public to the sport of road running. The clubs are open to runners of all abilities and provide an easily accessible platform for likeminded people to get together and pursue a healthy lifestyle.
In addition the NRC attracted the cream of South African runners and their consistent weekly presence on podiums around the country is evidence that the NRC is on the right track.
Under the expert management of Nick Bester (past winner of the Comrades Marathon and multi-discipline athlete)the NRC has grown its membership base from a modest 1200 in 2008 to 3800 by end 2015.
Nedbank’s representation at the 2015 edition of the Comrades Marathon, saw more than 1000 NRC runners enter the event with no fewer than nine of the 20 gold medals on offer going to NRC members. We look forward to once again seeing the Nedbank colours fill the streets in 2016.
It’s never too late to take to the roads. We have a club near you and look forward to welcoming you all. Come become a part of the Nedbank road running family!
To find out how visit www.nedbankrunningclub.co.za or call (012) 541-0577
Road RunningSome benefits that you can experience when Becoming a member of the Nedbank Running Club.
Nedbank Running clubs are situated nationally in 13 big South African Cities and you as member can join and share in their activities at any given time through out the year.
Weekly well organised time trial.
At least one club race tent per month where you will be served with refreshments after a race and a gazebo at most of the major races in their Province where you can leave your tog bag and valuable belongings.
Hospitality area at major national races like Comrades, Two Oceans, Nedbank Soweto, Om Die Dam, etc.
Access to the National Nedbank Running Club website with useful running information as well as up to date
Reports and information on road running events as well as club information and newsletters.
Be associated with winners and road running champions in the likes of Mapaseka Mapanya, Irvette Van Blerk, Ludwick Mammobola, Coolboy Ngamole,Claude Moshiywa,Charne Bosman,Joel Mmonne,etc.
The club and license fee is one of the lowest fees of all the clubs in the country.
Be a member entitled you to ask expert and personal advice from the Nedbank Green Dream Team running legends on the Club website training blog.
Each Nedbank Running club has got organised social functions through out the year.
If you are a Nedbank employee you will get R50-00 of your already low membership fees.
The variety of Nedbank running attire is of a very high quality with a modern design. Here you can choose between the traditional vest and shorts or the crop top and tights, Long and Short sleeve t-shirts, track suits, long and quarter tights for winter, golf shirts, caps, running briefs etc.
Nedbank remains a committed supporter and sponsor of local running. 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 running is aimed at addressing three requirements:
- To establish Running Clubs that focus on attracting Nedbank employees, Nedbank clients and the general public to running, thereby growing the base of active athletes in the country.
- To attract the best South African runners with a view to raising the quality of local athletes to provide these runners with the necessary infrastructure, backing and expertise for them to be able to be competitive on the Global stage.
- To create a family-based experience that is not threatening or intimidating to social runners or walkers who are interested in staying fit, socialising or simply enjoying a healthy lifestyle and improve their sporting ability.
Nedbank Running Club
In early 2008 Nedbank launched the Nedbank Running Club (NRC), with 13 branches based in 12 cities around the country to bring 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 3 800 people. The branches are strategically located in Soweto, Gauteng (North and Central), the Eastern Cape, the Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga, the South Western Districts, the Western Cape, the Vaal Triangle and in Central North West.
Nick Bester, a fomer winner of the Comrades Marathon and a prodigious multidiscipline athlete, serves as the club’s National Manager. The development Nedbank Running Clubs are managed by top athletes, the likes of Enoch Skosana, Pio Mpolokeng, legendary Xolile Yawa and Siyaya Khoza.
Hendrick Ramaala, a former winner at the New York Marathon, will be providing 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
Nedbank Green Dream Team
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 ultra-marathons. 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), Charne Bosman (Runner up Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon/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 Wostmann (2015 Old Mutual Two Oceans and Comrades Marathon winner), Thabiso Coolboy Ngamole (3 x SA Marathon Champion) Africa Mailola, Eric Ngubane and Sibusiso Nzima form part of the team.
The Green Dream Team is supplemented by a talented squad of promising young development athletes who are nurtured by the NRC across the country.
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 the years before their renaming and inclusion in Nedbank.
Nedbank Green Dream Team athletes have dominated recent Comrades Marathons, with the club securing seven of the 20 gold medals on offer in 2014. This impressive medal haul included a spectacular men’s first and second finish as well as the women’s first-place finisher. Despite the presence of a talented international contingent, the run was a triumph for South African men, who took the first three places; the first time this has happened since 1992 and a total of seven spots in the top 10.
The 2015 Comrades Marathon was dominated by South Africa’s Caroline Wostmann from the Nedbank Running Club in Pretoria who was the first S.A woman`s winner since 1995. Nedbank Green Dream Team athletes have dominated again in the Comrades Marathon, with the club securing 10 of the 20 gold medals on offer in 2015 as well as winners of both 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 down run) and Camperdown (for the up run), both situated next to the national freeway 26 kilometres from the end of the up and down races.This iconic Nedbank Green Mile and spectator spot is free to all supporters and provides a welcoming place to watch the drama unfold, while creating an electrifying atmosphere of over 1,6 kilometres in length, giving an uplifting boost to runners when they need it most.
For more information visit; comrades.com.
To provide running clubs that attract and actively target Nedbank employees, Nedbank clients and the general running public.
Focus specifically on women / athletes with disabilities / youth in accordance with Athletics South Africa age limits
To provide members and visitors with regular running activities where they can enjoy and improve their sport as well as socialise
To participate in the events of the National and Provincial Athletics Associations
To encourage, motivate and train young, upcoming athletes from all walks of life
Providing running clubs that develop and nurture new talent via agreed development programmes like Pio Mpolokeng`s program for development runners in Klerksdorp, The Nedbank Soweto Running Club in Kagiso managed by Siyaya Khoza The Kids for athletics project in Cape Town
Directing strong focus on standardized internationally recognized road running distances up to and including the marathon (42.2km)
To support and only contract South African athletes in general
To provide organised time trials for their members and have a club house and meeting place
For more info you may also visit the website at www.nedbankrunningclub.co.za and to view team member profiles.