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Week 09/15, ending 15 March 2015
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Looking Ahead

21 March
Old Mutual Om-Die-Dam Ultra, Half Marathon & 10 km. Pre-entries are available at local sports stores and races. Pre-entries close on 1st March. Both the ultra-marathon and half are strictly pre-entry. Late entries for the 10 kilometre race and fun run are available at the start from 04h30.

Standerton Goldi 4-in-1 The first and last nine kilometres are run through the town, with the balance of the race out in the country on the Standerton - Leandra Road. The cosmos is in flower, which adds a brilliant splash of colour to a landscape that is otherwise quite bland. There are three different turning points for the various distances. Walkers are welcome to enter the half marathon, 10 kilometre and five kilometre events. The time limit for the half marathon is 03:00. The race celebrates its 37th anniversary in 2015. Standerton is a short two-hour drive from Gauteng and the race is well worth the effort getting there.

22 March
You may have heard about the state of the Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve, the organisers of the Sunward Fordyce 50km, Half Marathon & 10 km have a plan. The start and finish venue is situated outside the main gate and should not prove too much of a challenge. The race takes you away from the demands of urban traffic as only official organisers' vehicles are allowed along the route. Because of environmental and logistical sensitivities, it is imperative that you arrive early for this race. The half marathon starts at 07h00 and has a 3:30 hour time limit. The 10 kilometre race also starts at 07h00 and has a 02:00 time limit.

Nedbank News

For four decades and a millennium, these records have stood unchallenged. When Thompson Magawana romped home in 3:03:44 in 1988 and when a year later Frith van der Merwe stopped the clock in 3:30:36, who would have believed these records would endure for so long? But the Two Oceans is an uncompromising ultra-marathon, and it will require more than a special effort to claim that scalp. In 2015 The Nedbank Running Club is preparing to make an assault on history. The Mean Green Dream Team is looking at re-writing this long-standing story and break both the men’s and woman’s records. The race organisers are betting big money on this too, if the overall winner breaks the course record in either category there is a staggering million Rand take-home purse.

There are at least two South Africans who have such ambitions. Second placed in 2013, Charne Bosman finished in a respectable 3:40:19. To be sure her steely determination places her well for another podium finish at least. Then there is Olympian Hendrik Ramaaala who finished second last year on debut. The Green Team is strengthened by an international contingent of top Ethiopian athletes like Teshome Etanat Gelana, Gashaw Melese Asfaw and Mohammed Temam Husien. Can this formidable team achieve the impossible? Only the grass on the UCT rugby field on Easter Saturday will tell.

The Nedbank Running Club have 770 entrants running the most beautiful race in the world and over a thousand tackling the Comrades Marathon at the end of May. To join one of 13 Nedbank Running Clubs around the country, call (012) 541-0577 or visit

Been There, Done That

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 Tom. 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!

Guide Book Publication News

Our Books

The Nedbank Runners’ Guide and Tom Cottrell’s Cyclists’ Guide Philani Dladla - the Pavement Bookwormare taking to the streets. If you missed your Christmas copy you can always get one from PhilaniBooks Dladla. Normally found at the traffic lights around Greenside in Johannesburg, Dladla is the pavement bookworm who comes with a history of drug addiction and failed suicide attempts. Look closely and here you will find a well-read young man with vocation and focus who is an inspiration to his Nedbank Runners’ Guide to Road and Off-Road Races in South Africacommunity. Need a Guide? Need to get hold of the Bookworm? Phone him and make your connection on 079-7237748. Tell him Tom sent you. You can also catch him on Facebook at Tom Cottrell's Cyclists' Guide to Road and Mountain Bike Races in South Africa, in proud association with QhubekaPhilaniBooks Dladla.

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.

Tail-end Charlie

"It's not 26.2's 10 water stops." – Unknown

See you on the road

Tom Cottrell
& The Guide Book Publications Team

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Upcoming Race Dates 2015

OR = Off-Road

25 Feb WP ATC Sunset Time Trial 4 x 3km Team Relay
25 Feb Mpl   McCarthy Volkswagen Panorama 10km Nite 
26 Feb KZN OR Sunday Tribune 3 Cranes Challenge - 3 Days
28 Feb GN   ACE 10km SA Championship
28 Feb WP   Century City 10km & 2.5km Express
28 Feb Mpl   PricewaterhouseCoopers Fast 3-in-1 - CANCELLED in 2015
28 Feb Bdr   Buffs Marathon & Half Marathon
28 Feb Bol OR Baytown 12km & 6km Run/Walk in Pringle Bay
28 Feb Bol   MKB Swartland Half Marathon & 10km
28 Feb EP OR Addo Elephant 82km & 50km Trail Run/Hike
28 Feb EP Cassies 15km
28 Feb FS   Kroonstad Cell Church Half Marathon & 10km
28 Feb FS   SWASAP Ultra Marathon
28 Feb KZN   Emnambithi Half Marathon
28 Feb KZN   Mondi Half Marathon & 10km Walk
28 Feb GW   Pirates Groot Gat Marathon, Half Marathon & 10km
28 Feb SWD OR Hops Festival Trail Run
28 Feb SWD   Infantry School Cango Marathon & Half Marathon
01 Mar CG   Hyundai Rock ‘n Run
01 Mar GN   Deloitte Pretoria Marathon, Half Marathon & 10km
01 Mar GN OR Vivobarefoot Natures Way
01 Mar VT   Cape Gate Vaal Marathon & Half Marathon
01 Mar WP ABAX Investments Milkwood Half Marathon & 10km
01 Mar WP   Sunshine D - Polar Ice Cream 10km Big Walk

04 Mar WP   Lighthouse 10km Nite - CANCELLED in 2015
04 Mar Mpl   Spur Steak Ranch 10km & 4.9km Nite Race
07 Mar GN   Medihelp Sunrise Monster, Mini & Baby Monster
07 Mar WP K-Way Constantia Village 15km
07 Mar Mpl   PWC Kosmos 3-in-1 
07 Mar Bdr   Kempston Truck Hire Ladies' 10km
07 Mar Bol OR Ewe Rock Trail Run
07 Mar EP   Kromberg & Schubert 15km
07 Mar EP   Sportsmans Warehouse 15km
07 Mar FS   Surrender Hill Marathon, Half Marathon & 10km
07 Mar FS   Vodacom Rose 32km & 10km Run
07 Mar KZN   Mortimer Toyota Battlefields 4-in-1
07 Mar Lim   Kumba Marakele Marathon, Half Marathon & 10km
08 Mar CG   Sarens Edenvale Marathon
08 Mar KZN   ENS Stella Royal 25km & 10km Run/Walk

Product Reviews & Sports Shops


Comrades Big Five Hill Series

Marcus Rohrer Spirulina

Sportsmans Warehouse


Philani Dladla - the Pavement Bookworm