Guide Book News
Road Safety Brought to you by Nedbank
It’s that crazy time of year again when endurance junkies are turning over kilometre after kilometre preparing for their 2014 race or fitness schedule. We are constantly reminded by the sobering news that a runner, cyclist, triathlete or sporting enthusiast has been found unconscious or fatally knocked-down while out doing what they love best. These are followed by queries as to whether anyone knows the person or more importantly, knows how to contact the family urgently. At large events this can be mayhem and in remote areas critical.
As road safety is a cause pertinent to us all, we chatted to Patrick Baransky; Nedbank Sponsorship Manager, on the need for safety ID bracelets.
“I’m always amazed by the lack of contact details sports enthusiasts carry on their person. Could a Good Samaritan assist you should they come to your assistance and you can’t speak for yourselves? What about your training partners, do they even know your chronic medical conditions, allergies or next-of-kin contact details?”
To help ‘MAKE SAFETY HAPPEN’ Nedbank have negotiated a 20% discount on purchases made through the www.iceid.co.za website.
Please use NEDBANK as a discount coupon code. There is a Nedbank green silicone strap that is available! Most products can store four to six lines of key details.
Should you want an even cheaper alternative, try dog-tags with key contact and medical details, and keep on your person or tied to shoes.
Finally, as the mornings are becoming darker, please be aware of your visibility to motorists. Start wearing reflective gear or bright visible colours. For safety purposes, those exercising alone should not use music for company, or if you insist, have the music turned down low, and only in one ear - this way you can still hear the things around you.
Nedbank Running Club and Nedbank Runners' Guide
To find out more about our 2014 publications visit this link.
Nedbank Runners' Guide 2014 Digital Apps and Paperback
Nedbank Runners’ Guide for iPhone or iPad
Nedbank Runners’ Guide for Android
Nedbank Runners’ Guide Paperback
The books are available at local Sportsmans Warehouse stores as well as CNA, Estoril Books and Exclusive Books but we do suggest phoning to check stock availability first.
Other Guide Book Publication Books Available:
Tom Cottrell's Cyclists’ Guide for iPhone or iPad
Tom Cottrell's Cyclists’ Guide for Android
Tom Cottrell's Cyclists’ Guide Paperback
Tom Cottrell's Swimmers’ Guide for iPhone or iPad
Tom Cottrell's Swimmers’ Guide for Android
Guide Book Publications Office
Please remember for all things Running, Walking or Trail related that Ann is the person to contact on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spar Ladies Cape Town
Phalula finished in 33:03 minutes, nine seconds ahead of Nedbak Running Clubs Hunduma Gemeda. Conrad’s time – a personal best – was 33:28. Last year’s winner also from the Nedbank Running Club, Rutendo Nyahora, was fourth, in 33:30.
The top runners ran in a bunch for the first four kilometres of the race before Phalula started pulling away.
Hunduma Gemeda, who flew into Cape Town from Addis Ababa on Saturday, said she was happy with her run, and she planned to take part in all five Ladies Spar races.
More than 22 000 runners took part in the10km Challenge and the five kilometre Fun Run on a hot sunny day, with very little wind. (Thanks to Reg Caldecott for the Photo)
Top Results from our Nedbank Running Club Athletes
Open: 2 Hunduma Gemeda 33:12; 4 Rutendo Nyahora 33:30; 6 Tadesse Shankule 34:06
Junior: 1 Annie Bothma 36:16; 4 Ileana Dreyer 40:53; 5 Clairiece Slingers 41:22
Veterans: 3 Lana Theunissen 40:32
To join one of 13 Nedbank Running Clubs around the country, call (012) 541-0577 or log onto www.nedbankrunningclub.co.za.
Outeniqua 50km, Marathon and Half Marathon – 26 April 2014. Start: 42km – George Sports club, 21km – Garden Route Dam, 5km – Wilderness – SWD.
Distances: 50km, 42km, 21km, 5km
The Outeniqua Marathon and the half marathon must be considered hidden gems on the South African race calendar. Nothing can beat the vista of the soaring Outeniqua peaks mirrored in the tranquil water of the George Dam.
The race is run mainly along one of Thomas Bain’s passes, dating back to 1867 and winds its way through magnificent indigenous forests. You run past the deep gorges of the Kaaimans and Silver rivers along old tar and dust roads. There are stretches when it is just you, the forest and mountains around you, and the sound of running water in your ears.
There is a secret beauty when the Indian Ocean, Garden Route lakes and the winding serpentine river combine with a heady mixture of ocean mist to give you a running high that will stay with you long after you finish this race.
Walkers are welcome to enter the half marathon which starts at 08h00 from the Garden Route Dam and has a 03:00 time limit. A five kilometre fun run starts from Wilderness at 09h00. This event will be run for the 25th time in 2014.
Entry Details: entry forms are available at www.oteniquaharriers.co.za and or entries are available at Onlines.co.za. Pre-entries close on 21 April 2014. Late entries are accepted from the start from 06h00. For more information contact Alf on 083-6505098.
Oorlogskloof Mountain and Gorge Trail Run – 26 April 2014. Start: Oorlogskloof Nature Reserve, Groot Tuin Camp, Nieuwoudtville – NWC.
Distances: 52km, 42km, 18km, 5km
Distances and start times:
52km – 06h00. You will taken by on the on the back of a tractor/trailer/bakkie to the start line and dropped off shortly before 06h00. Please be ready to depart from Groot Tuin at 05h30. For those runners coming in from outside the reserve, please be at the start at 05h50. Do not leave your vehicle at the start. There is no one to look after it. The start is at the tar road turnoff to Oorlogskloof Nature Reserve.
42km – 07h00
18km – 08h00
5km – 08h00
Entry Details: www.quantumadventures.co.za. For more information contact the race office on 021-7890188.
Been there, run that
Dick King - 30 March 2014
The Dick King race hosted by Amanzimtoti athletics club gets its race name from the Epic horse ride by Dick King from Durban to Grahamstown. The race starts and ends at the scenic Amanzimtoti beach front. The race is a pre-entry event comprising of a 21km run and 15km walk, the route is out and back meandering through Toti, Doonside, Warner beach, Illovo and back to the beach front. T-shirts went to the first 700 pre-entries and medals to the first 150 walkers. (Thanks to the organisers for the write up and the photo)
Merrell Events Shine and Soar in Joburg – 27 March 2014 & 31 March 2014
Fantastic conditions greeted Joburg Trail Runners for both the Merrell Autumn Night and Day runs held last Thursday and Sunday.
Delta Park School hosted the Merrell Autumn Night Run presented by Black Diamond on Thursday, 27 March, which had 250 runners turn out for a stunning autumn evening. After a loop on the school’s athletic field, the runners headed out for an 8km or 5km loop of Delta Park. The park, situated in the middle of an urban area, provides one of the best places for “trail running” within JHB and offered some awesome terrain for a Night Trail Run. Ideal for those wanting to get out and about after a hard day’s work. Tranquil Gumbo took the honours in the 8km men’s race in a time of 29:30 after an exciting sprint finish with second placed Mapepane Mahlangu. The ladies 8km race was won by Takalane Ndandani in a time of 37:28. The juniors dominated the 6km run, with Dylan Krenczeck just edging out Chris Fisher in the men’s race, and Lize-Li Smit winning the women’s race.
On Sunday the action shifted to Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens for the Merrell Autumn Run presented by Nikwax. Another ideal venue for tough, challenging and beautiful trail running. Over 530 runners came out for a fantastic Autumn Morning to test themselves against the honest 12km and 6km routes on offer. Both routes had the runners tackling the grueling climb out of the Botanical gardens onto the ridgeline for spectacular views of the surrounding area. The 12km route headed off for an extra loop within the 4x4 Hobby Park, before joining back onto the path that took both routes back down past the magnificent waterfall to the finish. Tranquil Gumbo made it two wins out of two, winning the 12km event in a staggering time of 54:43, nine minutes ahead of the second placed runner. Magretha Wang led home the women’s race in a time of 1:07:06. Lucas Phofa won the 6km event in a time of 30:32 finishing just ahead of the leading junior of Keegan Dally. Janet Reed finished a remarkable third overall, winning the ladies race in 32:51.
A huge thanks to title sponsor, Merrell and presenting sponsors Black Diamond and Nikwax. Product sponsors PVM Nutritional Products, Glider Eyewear and Aquelle Water. A special thanks to our prefect venues, Delta Park School and Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens, as well as the marshalling crew from Soweto Canoe and Recreational Club.
See you in August for the Spring editions of both events. To see results please go to www.mountainrunner.co.za. Images are by Erik Vermeulen are up on our FB page www.facebook.com/MountainRunnerEvents. (Thanks to the organisers for the write up and Erik Vermeulen for the photos)
"Time and health are two precious assets that we don’t recognise and appreciate until they have been depleted.” ~ Dennis Waitley
See you on the road
& The Guide Book Publications Team
Fortnightly Race Dates
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12 April 2014
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