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Guide Book News

Happy New Year
Welcome back to 2015! Thanks to those that sent messages saying, they were missing us. October and November are always chaotically busy in the office as everyone finalises the Nedbank Runners’ Guide and the Tom Cottrell’s Cyclists’ Guide in proud association with Qhubeka, and then rushing straight into the Nedbank Summer Race Dates. The office then closed for December so we apologise for slow responses to mail but we are up and running as usual now that everyone is back at school, 12 January. We hope you have all had a restful and wonderful slowdown and are all ready to tackle the adventurous year ahead with spirit and enthusiasm.

Our Books

Nedbank Runners’ Guide to Road and Off-Road Races in South AfricaIn 2015, the Nedbank Runners’ Guide to Road and Off-Road Races in South Africa celebrates its 24th edition. This book has been around long enough and has been read by enough runners to earn its affectionate title, ‘The Runners’ Bible’, now it includes a comprehensive Off-Road section. This is an essential guide for anyone who wants to do some running in 2015. Tom Cottrell lists well over 850 races in the new guide. He researched all the old favourites, and they are there in detail, there are also a collection of new road and off-road runs with over a 100 new route profiles.

The book is available at Sportsmans Warehouse and a number of popular sports shops. It is also Nedbank Runners' Guide 2015 Digital Apps powered by Nedbankthrough the normal book trade: Exclusive Books, Estoril Books and at CNA, but we do suggest phoning to check stock availability first. The Book will also be available at Kalahari.com, Loot.co.za or at in2sports.co.za.

Nedbank Runners' Guide 2015 Digital Apps powered by Nedbank
We are delighted to let you know that our Nedbank Runners' Guide 2015 Digital Apps powered by Nedbank are now available in the iTunes and Android app stores. Now you can access the book on your phone, find nearby races, look up specific races, get the most up-to-date information, race profiles and details. It’s the easy reading and huge knowledge base of the book with most up-to-date information from our offices, which is updated daily - all in your phone or tablet. Find out more and see screenshots here for the iPhone and iPad or Android apps.

Tom Cottrell's Cyclists' Guide to Road and Mountain Bike Races in South Africa, in proud association with QhubekaIn 2015, the Tom Cottrell's Cyclists' Guide to Road and Mountain Bike Races in South Africa, in proud association with Qhubeka, celebrates its seventh edition. This book has already established itself as the definitive guide to cycling in South Africa. Soon enough it will earn its title “The Cyclists' Bible”. This essential guide for anyone wants to do some cycling in 2015. Tom Cottrell lists well over 600 races in the new guide, with the usual wealth of information and details.

The book is available at Sportsmans Warehouse and a number of popular sports shops. It is also Tom Cottrell’s Cyclists' Guide 2015 Digital Appsavailable through the normal book trade: Exclusive Books, Estoril Books and at CNA, but we do suggest phoning to check stock availability first. The Book will also be available at Kalahari.com, Loot.co.za or at in2sports.co.za.

Tom Cottrell’s Cyclists' Guide 2015 Digital Apps
We are delighted to let you know that the Tom Cottrell's Cyclists' Guide 2015 Digital Apps are once again available in the iTunes and the Android app stores. Now you can access the book on your phone, find nearby races, look up specific races, get the most up-to-date information, race profiles and details. It’s the easy reading and huge knowledge base of the book with most up-to-date information from our offices, which is updated daily - all in your phone or tablet. Find out more and see screenshots here for the iPhone and iPad or Android apps.

2015 Nedbank Summer Race Dates - January to July 2015The 2015 Nedbank Summer Race Dates - January to July 2015 forms a vital and integral part of our information delivery system. A compact, value-for-money publication, the 2015 summer edition condenses all of the road and off-road race fixtures for the first part of the year. More than this, there is training advice from the well-respected Lyndsey Parry. As 2015 will be, the 90th running of the iconic Comrades Marathon Lyndsey lays out a Medal Programme for those looking to get one of these special commemorative medals.

This power-packed publication also includes Tim Noakes’ famous running logbook that supports the PinkDrive and The Sports Trust Comrades Training Journey. It is easy to use and simple to understand, yet the principals are profound. The logbook has stood the test of time and has served runners at all levels for over two decades.

All the essential fixtures information is there, the date, time and venue. The contact details are comprehensive and well researched. All the fixtures have been updated and are used as a current companion to the Nedbank Runners’ Guide. The book is available exclusively at Sportsmans Warehouse.

2014-2015 Tom Cottrell’s Swimmers’ Guide to Open Water Swimming in South Africa AppThe 2014-2015 Tom Cottrell’s Swimmers’ Guide to Open Water Swimming in South Africa is now available with an exciting new look and feel in the Apple and Android app stores. This year Guide Book Publications celebrates the 10th edition of Tom Cottrell’s Swimmers’ Guide to Open Water Swimming in South Africa. Once again, the apps contain open water swims from the sea to dams, lakes, canals, estuaries and rivers across South Africa, continuing to be an essential guide to swimmers covering swims from the Midmar Mile to2014-2015 Tom Cottrell’s Swimmers’ Guide to Open Water Swimming in South Africa App The Ice Swim. All the essential information for over 80 swims is included.

Once again, with either the Apple or Android app, you will be able to access Tom Cottrell’s Swimmers’ Guide to Open Water Swimming in South Africa on your phone or tablet (mobile device). You will be able to find races in your area, look up specific races, get the most up-to-date information, race profiles, find out how to get to the start and get race details. It’s the easy reading and huge knowledge base of Tom Cottrell’s Swimmers’ Guide to Open Water Swimming in South Africa with the most up-to-date information from our offices, which is updated daily – all easily located on your mobile device.

New Race or Race Changes?
If you organise an event and would like it to appear in the Runners’ Guide or if we already feature your race but you would like us to update your race details then please let Ann know.  You are also welcome to let us know your pre-entry links, closing dates and send through your flyers and we will gladly attach them to your race for you.

Race Reports
We would love to hear about your races and get some of your race photos, organisers and individuals. Feel free to send through a news piece or write up after your race with some photos as a direct reply to the newsletter or to Carrie. This way we get to feature amazing races across South Africa in our newsletters (we give you name and photo credit) and if you missed it this year, you can at least make a note about it for next year!

Nedbank News

Nedbank Running Club George Gives Back to the Community
The Nedbank Running Club Nedbank Running Club George Gives Back to the CommunityGeorge celebrated Christmas by giving back to the community. This year they chose the Primary School Waboomskraal, a rural community 16 kilometres outside of George where the basics are a luxury. They asked their members to donate toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, deodorant, stationary and sweets. The smile on these kids’ faces was very rewarding!

Any organisation or individual who wants to get involved in their charity project can contact them on nbrcswd@gmail.com or 083-3767414.  To join one of 13 Nedbank Running Clubs around the country, call (012) 541-0577 or visit www.nedbankrunningclub.co.za.

Looking Ahead

Baytown 12 km & 6 km Run/Walk - 10 January 2015. Start: Miems Restaurant, Pringle Bay – Bol.
Time: 08h00
Distance: 12km, 6km                  
This is an easy to moderate circular route on a mixture of gravel roads, single-track and beach. Funds raised will go to Pringle House School. Dogs on a leash are welcome.

Entry Details: Entries are accepted at the start from 07h15. Walkers are Welcome. For more information contact Sonja du Toit on 084-8500681 or sonjadutoit1@gmail.com.

Brooks Hohenort 15 km - 10 January 2015. Start: Alphen Centre Constantia, Constantia Main Road – WP.
Time: 06h00
Distance: 15km
This circular race is an undulating, tough run through the picturesque suburb of Constantia. The hardest part of the run is around the 10-kilometre mark, followed mercifully by an easy downhill run to the end. The race, held early in the New Year, is certainly a good one to help put those New Year's resolutions into practice. It is in memory of Dave Spence, a well-known and respected coach in the Western Province.
               
Entry Details: Pre-entries have already closed. Entries are accepted at the start from 04h45. Walkers are Welcome. For more information, contact Jerome Merton on 083-2809798 or info@pinelandsathleticclub.co.za.

Rehidrat Sport 5km Dash - 11 January 2015. Start: Bedfordview Virgin Active Club, Van Buuren Road, Bedfordview – CG.
Time: 06h15
Distance: 5km
This is a fast, flat and scenic circular run through the beautiful suburb of Bedfordview. This race is run in conjunction with the Dis-Chem Half Marathon. It is one of the few official five kilometre races in the country and appeals to serious short-distance runners, social runners and walkers. Proceeds go to the BCC Development Trust.

Entry Details: Entries are accepted at the Virgin Active Club on Saturday, 10 January between 09h30 and 15h00. Late entries are accepted at the start from 05h00. Blind runners enjoy free entry. Walkers are Welcome. For more information, contact Michelle Joseph on 082-5602699 or michelle.joseph@vodamail.co.za.

Obituary

Obituary: Matthilde Cecilia (Topsy) Baillon
The Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) is saddened by the death of Topsy The Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) is saddened by the death of Topsy Baillon. She passed away on Wednesday, 3 December 2014 after a short illness.Baillon. She passed away on Wednesday, 3 December 2014 after a short illness. She was 81.

Topsy was born in Arusha, Tanganyika (present day Tanzania) on 4 August 1933. She worked as a secretary at J. Leslie Smith Attorneys in Pietermaritzburg for 38 years and was deeply passionate about the Comrades Marathon.

Topsy was a Life Member of the CMA and was involved on the race organising committee (ROC) since 1980. She served on various portfolios including Refreshment Stations and Marshalling.

She also assisted at the Green Number Club. She was a long serving member who is fondly remembered for her ever present smile and kindness.

CMA Chairman, Macdonald Chitja says, “Topsy’s graceful presence at Comrades will be missed but her unique reassuring smile will remain with us forever. We wish her family, friends and all who knew her strength during this difficult time.”

Fellow ROC Member, Ian Kerford says, “She was a very precious and sweet old lady, always with a smile on her face. She will truly be missed.”

CMA Board Member, Celi Makhboba says, “Topsy was indeed a lady & a half, very punctual, reliable and trustworthy. When she was given a task she would do it 100%. Even when she needed to voice her opinion, she would say it with dignity and in a very polite fashion. We will miss her. May her soul rest in peace.”

Former CMA Chairman, Barry Varty says, “Apart from the sorrow of her passing, my sympathies are extended to her family and close friends. She will be greatly missed.”

CMA Board Member, Peter Proctor says, “This is a sad loss to the Comrades Marathon. Topsy was a gracious lady who had an unquestionable love and passion for the Comrades Marathon which was illustrated in her dedication to the duties she performed with the various portfolios. She will be sorely missed by all. Rest in peace Topsy.”

Green Number Club Convener, Eileen Hall says, “Topsy loved to sit and chat to the Green Number runners as they came to register in the Green Number room in Pietermaritzburg. In later years she used to pop down for lunch and a chat. She truly loved Comrades.”

Family friend John Hall says, “Topsy had a full life and was full of life. We will miss her dearly.”

Her son Gerry Baillon says, “My mom will be remembered for many things; her stubbornness, fastidiousness and her love for hot curries – the hotter the better!”

Topsy is survived by her three sons Gerry, Anthony and Leslie, two grandchildren Holly and Michael; as well as her two sisters, Sylvia and Helen.

A memorial service to celebrate Topsy Baillon’s life took place on Thursday 11th December 2014 at Comrades Marathon House, Pietermaritzburg.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to Hospice.

Tail-end Charlie

“Don't limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember, you can achieve.” Mary Kay Ash

See you on the road

Tom Cottrell
& The Guide Book Publications Team

Sportsmans Warehouse

Upcoming Race Dates

OR = Off-Road

03 Jan 2015 EP Woodlands Dairy 15km
03 Jan 2015 GN   Great Weskoppies Series 1
03 Jan 2015 SWD OR Knysna Trail Run

04 Jan 2015 CG   Varsity Kudus 15km
04 Jan 2015 WP   Ocean Basket Bay to Bay 30km

10 Jan 2015 WP   Hohenort 15km
10 Jan 2015 SWD OR Sanlam Trail Run - George
10 Jan 2015 Bol OR Baytown 12km & 6km Run/Walk
10 Jan 2015 Bol OR Post Turkey Trail Run

11 Jan 2015 CG   Dis-Chem Half Marathon
11 Jan 2015 CG   Rehidrat Sport 5km Dash
11 Jan 2015 KZN Ronnie Davel Memorial

14 Jan 2015 CG   President Hyper Berg en Dal Night Race
14 Jan 2015 WP OR Spur Cape Summer Trail Series 1 of 4 

15 Jan 2015 KZN   Thule Twilight Run Series 1

16 Jan 2015 Bdr   PWC 10km & 5km Nite 

17 Jan 2015 WP   RealNet Red Hill Marathon & 36km
17 Jan 2015 EP   N2 City Bluewater Bay 15km Challenge
17 Jan 2015 GN   ACE Half Marathon & 10km
17 Jan 2015 SWD   Benevolent Park 10km
17 Jan 2015 Bol OR Resolution Trail Run
17 Jan 2015 GW   Finlime Flat One Marathon, Half Marathon & 10km

18 Jan 2015 CG   Bobbies 22km & 11km
18 Jan 2015 CG   Modern Athlete Bobbies Race
18 Jan 2015 KZN   Kearsney Striders Half Marathon & 10km Run/Walk

21 Jan 2015 WP   Dan Luyt 15km Nite
21 Jan 2015 FS   Bloem Striders Sponsor 10km Nite Race
21 Jan 2015 Mpl   Eskom Wellness 10km Nite

22 Jan 2015 KZN   Thule Twilight Run Series 2

24 Jan 2015 WP OR Jackal Trail Run
24 Jan 2015 GN   Wonderpark Akasia 3-in-1
24 Jan 2015 SWD   Schoemanshoek Half Marathon & 10km
24 Jan 2015 SWD OR Wolwedans Trail Run
24 Jan 2015 Bol OR Moreson Iron 15km Fun Run
24 Jan 2015 Bdr   Pennypinchers Half Marathon & 10km
24 Jan 2015 FS   AEL Mielie Marathon, Half Marathon & 10km
24 Jan 2015 Mpl   Shanduka Coal Middelburg 5-in-1 
24 Jan 2015 CNW Bert's Great Brick Half Marathon & 10km
24 Jan 2015 Lim   Seeff Properties 2-in-1

25 Jan 2015 CG   Johnson Crane Marathon & Half Marathon
25 Jan 2015 KZN   PDAC 25km
25 Jan 2015 WP   Kloof Nek Classic
25 Jan 2015 Bol OR French Flair Trail Run
25 Jan 2015 NWN OR Puma Trail Run - Buffelspoort

28 Jan 2015 CG   Arwyp Medical Centre Aston Manor 15km Nite Race
28 Jan 2015 WP   KFC Brackenfell 10km
28 Jan 2015 WP OR Spur Cape Summer Trail Series 2 of 4
28 Jan 2015 SWD   Top Gear 10km Nite Race
28 Jan 2015 Mpl   Middelburg Ferrochrome 10km Nite Race
28 Jan 2015 Mpl   Van Wetten's 10km Nite 

29 Jan 2015 KZN OR Thule Twilight Run Series 3

31 Jan 2015 WP   Lion of Africa Half Marathon
31 Jan 2015 GN PricewaterhouseCoopers George Claassen Half Marathon & 10km
31 Jan 2015 SWD   Diaz Marathon, Half Marathon & 10km 
31 Jan 2015 Mpl OR Ilanga Trail Series - Misty Mountains
31 Jan 2015 Mpl   Volksrust 5-in-1
31 Jan 2015 CNW   Ottosdal Nite Marathon & Half Marathon

01 Feb 2015 CG   Garbie 32km & 15km
01 Feb 2015 KZN   Sparkport Challenge
01 Feb 2015 WP OR Spur Cape Summer Trail Series 3 of 4 

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The Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) is saddened by the death of Topsy Baillon. She passed away on Wednesday, 3 December 2014 after a short illness.
Nedbank Running Club George Gives Back to the Community.