FROM GAUTENG TO GABARONE: THERE IS NO STOPPING THE GREEN DREAM TEAM
May 16, 2018  

Another great week for athletes from the Nedbank Running Club (NRC) who showed their competition exactly why they are called the Green Dream Team. From Gauteng to Gabarone it was clear that there is no stopping the NRC.

In Gauteng former Comrades winner Charné Bosman proved she is more than ready for the Comrades Marathon when she clocked a 96:16 in what she described as a solid training run at the Jackie Mekler 25km in Pretoria this past weekend. She not only won the Women’s Open category but also placed first Veteran. Teammate Jennifer Koech was second.

In Cape Town The Slave Route Challenge was dominated by the NRC with no less than 14 NRC athletes placing on the podium in the half marathon and 10km distances. The NRC ladies took podium positions in all categories - Open, Veterans, Masters and Grandmasters - while the men made sure they scored well in the Open and Veterans categories.

In Port Elizabeth another 11 podium positions went to NRC athletes at the Sunridge Village 10km.

It is not just on the road where the NRC dominated, the cross-country KZN league meeting in Durban saw the NRC ladies making a clean sweep with all 3 podium positions going to the ladies in green.

Across the borders the Green Dream Team flew the flag high at the Diacore Gabarone Marathon. The NRC was up against some very strong international competition with 44 countries being represented at the highly contested race. Five podium positions went to the NRC men.

Onwards and Upwards

RESULTS

 

SLAVE ROUTE CHALLENGE HALF MARATHON & 10 KM, CAPE TOWN, 13 MAY

 

Half Marathon

 

MEN

Open

2. Siviwe Nkombi (NRC) 1:09:32

3. Mthandazo Qhina (NRC) 1:09:46 (1st Vet)

4. Vakalisa Kopolo (NRC) 1:13:17

9. Siyabonga Sakwe (NRC) 1:14:06?

 

Veterans

1. Mthandazo Qhina (NRC) 1:09:46

2. Vakalisa Kopolo (NRC) 1:13:17

 

WOMEN

Open

2. Bulelwa Simae (NRC) 1:25:27 (1st Vet)

8. Obertina Kanyongo (NRC/ZIM) 1:35:50 (1st Mast)

10. Ursula Frans (NRC) 1:37:38

 

Veterans

1. Bulelwa Simae (NRC) 1:25:27

2. Ursula Frans (NRC) 1:37:38

 

Masters

1. Obertina Kanyongo (NRC/ZIM) 1:35:50

2. Olga Howard (NRC) 1:38:46

 

Grandmasters

2. Charmaine Cupido (NRC) 1:55:34

 

10 km

 

MEN

Open

Masters

1. Andrew Cooper (NRC) 38:46

 

WOMEN

Open

Veterans

1. Suzette McIvor (NRC) 42:41

2. Chantel Simpson (NRC) 43:56

3. Busisiwe Matiwane (NR) 44:37

 

STARLING PLUMBERS HALF MARATHON & 10 KM, MOUNT EDGECOMBE, 13 MAY

 

10 km ?

WOMEN

1. Sarah Kruger (NRC) 41:45

 

SUNRIDGE VILLAGE 10 KM, PORT ELIZABETH, 12 MAY

 

MEN

Veterans

2. Melikhaya Kepe (NRC) 36:00

3. Anele Maliza (NRC) 36:30

 

Masters

2. Christopher Mabengeza (NRC) 40:18

3. Sithembiso Yozo (NRC) 40:29

 

Grandmasters

2. Clifford Hicken (NRC) 43:11

 

Great Grandmasters

2. Tamsanqa Jusayi (NRC) 46:32

 

Juniors

1. Anele Voorman (NRC) 39:00

2. Dylan Miggels (NRC) 41:38

 

WOMEN

Open

5. Davera Magson (NRC) 43:40 (1st Vet)?

 

Veterans

1. Davera Magson (NRC) 43:40 ?

3. Priscilla Dyantyi (NRC) 46:30 ?

 

Great Grandmasters

1. Ronelle Steyn (NRC) 1:02:20 ?

 

KONICA MINOLTA JACKIE MEKLER 25 KM & 10 KM, PRETORIA, 12 MAY

 

25 km

 

MEN

Open

4. Vincent Kipchirchir (NRC/KEN) 82:58

5. Africa Mailola (NRC) 85:40

6. Clement Maluleke (NRC) 86:04

 

WOMEN

 

Open

1. Charné Bosman (NRC) 96:16 (1st Vet)

2. Jennifer Koech (NRC/KEN) 97:30

 

Veterans

1. Charné Bosman (NRC) 96:16

 

LOVE RUNNING HALF MARATHON & 10 KM, PRETORIA, 5 MAY

 

Half Marathon

 

MEN

Open

3. Lucky Mtshali (NRC) 1:15:41

 

Great Grandmasters

2. Pele Tskikundamalema (NRC) 2:09:00.

 

WOMEN

Open

2. Cherise Saunders (NRC) 1:43:10

 

Masters

1. Ansa Strydom (NRC) 1:52:25

 

10 km

 

MEN

Open

2. Vincent Kipchirchir (NRC/KEN) 33:19

 

WOMEN?

Grandmasters

1. Frances van Blerk (NRC) 59:40

 

CROSS-COUNTRY, KZN LEAGUE MEETING, DURBAN,

5 MAY

 

OPEN WOMEN (4 km)

1. Zama Mokoena (NRC) 15:44 ?

2. Nokukhanya Memela ?(NRC) 16:59

3. Maureen Dladla (NRC) 17:48?

 

DIACORE GABARONE MARATHON, BOTSWANA, 13 MAY

 

Men

Marathon

1.    Sibusiso Nzima (NRC) 2:16:57

2.    Isaac Mpofu (NRC) 2:16:59

3.    Ngonidzashe Ncube (NRC) 2:17:50

7. Obed Kopong (NRC) 2:24:18

 

Half Marathon

1.    Joel Mmone (NRC) 1:03:29

2.    David Manja (NRC) 1:04:27

7.  Ntshediso Nphakathi (NRC) 1:06:21