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27 March 2018
Old Mutual Two Oceans 2018

Nedbank would like to wish all their athletes good luck for the Old Mutual Two

Oceans Marathon on Saturday, 31 March 2018. We are confident you will do us proud.

Kelly Thompson
Nedbank Sponsorship Manager


Please join us at the Nedbank Running Club (NRC) hospitality site after you have finished the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon on Saturday 31 March 2018.

Just after you’ve received your medal and exit the shoot, our Nedbank hospitality team will meet you. A goodie bag with great snacks and drinks await you, so look out for our representatives who will be wearing green Nedbank T-shirts. Please note: the dedicated meeting point for all Nedbank runners is marked with an ‘N’. (Diagram attached below – showing a rough green ‘N’) . See map-click here…

Please keep in mind, there will be no structure or gazebo, but our helpers will keep your goody bags in this area, allocated on the concrete stairs and situated on the left hand side as you exit the finish chutes.

You will be directed to the hospitality area that is situated about 700m from the finish area underneath the subway to the far east on the way to Newlands. Apologies in advance for the bit of a walk on tired legs, but the allocation of club sites are completely out of our hands due to strict guidelines from the Cape Town Disaster Management.

You will receive your food and drinks vouchers at the hospitality site (200-209 on the map) Look out for the Nedbank/Biogen/Future Life gazebos and feather flags.See map click here…

There is a lot to look forward to at the hospitality area; students trained in massage therapy will be on hand to massage tired legs while relaxing beanbags will be available to rest your weary bodies.

After a hard race you need good nutrition therefore our loyal Nutrition partner FutureLife will have their traditional Smoothie corner ready for you. Be assured your are getting the best nutrition as FUTURELIFE® HIGH ENERGY Smart food is scientifically formulated to be South Africa’s first and only low GI meal that is high in energy, has 25 vitamins and minerals, 19 Amino Acids, is high in Omega 3, and contains clinically tested Moducare.

Our Energy partner Biogen will provide the necessary recovery and energy drinks as well as recovery bars. For future training purposes remember the Pro Series category of the Biogen brand includes: nutritional supplements (protein powders, mass gainers as well as delicious and convenient protein bars and ready to drink options), energy & endurance options (preparation, performance, and recovery), and weight management (a host of different products to compliment your diet) as well as strength and performance products to get that little bit of extra in training.


For the thirsty there will be sponsored Stratum Benefits water and for those who feel like something stronger rest assured as there will be beers, ciders, and cold drinks.

NB. Please note we have more than 800 Nedbank Running Club runners entered for the Two Oceans Marathon. Due to limited space we cannot accommodate all their families inside the Nedbank hospitality area. There is however ample of space just next to the gazebos.

Your entrance ticket is your Nedbank Running Club kit.

Lastly, enjoy your race and we look forward to seeing you at the hospitality area where you can also meet some of the Nedbank Green Dream Team athletes after you have collected your medal and goodie bag at the finish.

Nedbank Green Dream Team

 Elite Green Dream Team going for a second quadruple Two Oceans win

The Nedbank Green Dream Team – 38 elite athletes from the Nedbank Running Club - will be in full flight at this year’s Old Mutual Two Ocean’s Marathon (OMTOM) in Cape Town at the end of March. Guts, stamina and the rewards of their hard training will be the order of the day for these athletes, including 25 men and 13 women.

‘Last year we took first place in all four OMTOM races – the men and women’s 56km ultra marathon and the men and women’s 21.1km half marathon, and we’re hoping to repeat and better this, as we have the potential to clinch most of the top five places in all four races,’ says Nick Bester, National Manager of the Nedbank Running Club.

The men’s Two Oceans record is a killer to beat at 3:03:44 but there might be a few surprises from Nedbank Green Dream Team 2017 OMTOM winner, Lungile Gonqa, as well as Mike Fokoroni, Mathandazo Qhina and Ludwick Mamabolo. The 56km women to beat from the Nedbank Green Dream Team include Ntombesintu Mfunzi, Gerda Steyn (who is coached by Bester) and 2017 Comrades winner Charne Bosman and Mammorola Tjoka.

The men's 21 km leaders include the 2017 OMTOM winner Namakoe Nkhasi, David Manja, Donald Mathipa and Joel Mmone. In the women's half-marathon, names to watch are 2017 OMTOM winner Irvette van Zyl, Rutendo Nyahora and Genet Habela Abdukadir (both from Ethiopia).

The Nedbank Running Club dominates all of South Africa’s major road races, including the Comrades, Two Oceans and Soweto marathons. ‘It has taken many years of supporting our runners to get here. This is what we work for and this year we have gone all out to support our athletes,' says Bester who launched the Nedbank Running Club ten years ago in 2008. Over the past 10 years he has grown it to over 4 500 members.

In consideration of Cape Town’s water crisis, the Nedbank Running Club will be taking their own water with them from Joburg to the OMTOM. They will also take their bottles home so as not to dump them on Cape Town.

The Nedbank Green Dream Teamers will be wearing their striking new running kit. ‘We are most appreciative of the great sponsors we have for our top athletes, including Nedbank, Nike, Biogen and FutureLife,’ says Bester. ‘We support our top athletes with retainers and their running kit, shoes and flights are all covered. Most of them also have jobs and they need to plan their schedules carefully and lead very disciplined lives to achieve at this level.’

All the elite athletes’ drinks bottles will be filled the night before the event and sealed by the officials and the seals will only be broken at the water point on the day. ‘Drug Free Sports in South Africa is very strict about monitoring for any form of illegal substance as part of a drug sport-free explains Bester. ‘Biogen, who supply all the supplements and vitamins for our athletes, has each batch tested in the UK for illegal substances by Informed Sport.’

To prepare for the Two Oceans the elite athletes have been running between 100 and 200kms per week, they have done two to three strength sessions per week, four cross-training sessions per week, as well as hiking, cycling and swimming and having regular massages. They need to sleep well, eat well and develop as much mental strength as muscular strength. ‘In ultra-marathon running it’s not the fastest runner that wins the race, it’s the strongest, and the longer the race the more your strength counts,’ says Bester.

The Nedbank Running Club looks for athletic talent in all of South Africa’s communities, rural and urban, and they start training youngsters for marathon running from the age of 15. ‘It takes at least ten years of continuous development for them to reach their peak,' says Bester.

The Nedbank Running Club has 13 clubs nationally, as well as clubs in Zimbabwe, Lesotho and Ethiopia. Each of which is responsible for supporting runners at all levels and identifying and nurturing development athletes. To grow promising young runners there are currently five Nedbank Development Running Clubs in different parts of the country, including Soweto, Pretoria, Klerksdorp/Central North West, East London and Bloemfontein. They have approximately 350 members. 'It is vital that we look after the next generation by growing our development programmes,' says Bester.

Forty to fifty percent of the athletes in the South African national team in all distances have come through the Nedbank Running Club's development programmes. The club has several legendary athletes on its staff, including former marathon athlete, Pio Mpolokeng who manages the training of the Nedbank group of athletes situated in the Central North West Province. Fifty percent of the South African teams competing in championship events typically come from the Nedbank Running Club Development programme.

'Through the work that we do we see the difference that running makes to people's lives', says Mpolokeng 'We are currently working on increasing the number of runners with talent and bringing them from all over – from our cities, villages and other African countries – to train with our clubs and build a strong talent base and sense of unity.'
Mor Information - Old Mutual Two Oceans 2018

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•    A-C: 05h50
•    D: 06h00
•    E: 06h10
Please arrive at least an hour before your start, and ensure that you join the start pen that matches your allocated seeding. While you may drop down to a lower seeding to start with a friend, you may not move up.

•    18km at 9h00: Rhodes Drive / Orchard Avenue Intersection
•    Finish Line at 9h20

•    All Start Groups: 06h30
Please arrive at least an hour before your start. While the Ultra Marathon starts as a single mass start at 06h30, you need to slot into your allocated seeding group. While you may drop down to a lower seeding to start with a friend, you may not move up.

•    25km at 9h40 - Sun Valley
•    28km at 10h00 - Halfway, Noordhoek Main Road.
•    42,2km at 11h50 - Outside Four Seasons Farm, Hout Bay Main Road.
•    Finish Line at 13h30

Parking & Shuttle Service

Parking at UCT and near the start is very limited. Please share lifts to the start. 

If you purchased a pre-paid parking ticket when you entered, it will be placed in your race pack. Please ensure that you have received this parking ticket when you collect your race number!

Limited Kelvin Grove pre-paid parking tickets (closest to the Start) will also be sold at the OMTOM Expo. 

No parking is allowed on the M3 and anyone parking in contravention of road signs will be ticketed.

There is a free Shuttle Service that runs from the UCT Visitor’s Information Centre to the various parking areas.

Parking Info & Shuttle Service

Route Maps


Whether this is your first or 42nd time running the OMTOM, it is always great to familiarise yourself with the route. The #OMTOM2018 Route Maps also indicate detailed information around refreshment stations, medical stations and more, for the Ultra Marathon and Half Marathon respectively.

Race day nutrition from FUTURELIFE®


What it takes to run is a good diet, providing the nutrients required to sustain your active lifestyle, with an extra emphasis on carbohydrate-rich foods in the days leading up to the race. You also need to get your race day nutrition right, both to fuel and recover from the run...