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RUN, RIDE, SWIM Members participate in regular group training pack runs, trail runs, bunch rides and open water swimming sessions.
Coaching and Development Coaching and development of young athletes is one of the top priorities of the club and growing each of the disciplines by introducing newcomers to the sport is a priority.
Challenging Club Events Club events include the Tekkie 10km Challenge, Dudley's Trail Run, the Applethwaite Duathlon and the Applethwaite off-road Triathlon.
All Athletes Welcome The New Balance Multisport Club is a virtual club, so athletes from all over the Western Province may apply for membership. The club is affiliated to all provincial bodies through which licensing is administered on behalf of its members.
Join New Balance Multisport Club Club’s top members include provincial and national champions. Coaching and development of athletes is one of the top priorities of the club and growing each of the disciplines by introducing newcomers to the sport is a priority.
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National Colours for Ulrica and Joseph

on Wednesday, 02 April 2014. Posted in Track and Field

Club members Ulrica Stander and Joseph Warries will be receiving their National Colours later this year. These National Colours have been awarded to them by SA Masters Athletics.

Ulrica will receive SA Colours for her track performances in the 800m, 1,500m and 5,000m events in the 35 age group. Joseph’s SA Colours will be for the 200m race in the 55 age group.

Ulrica and Joseph have now joined a small group of elite athletes in the club who have been awarded National Colours. The group comprises Elmarie Coetzee for the 800m, 1,500m and 5,000m track events, and for her participation in the 10 km, 15 km and 21.1 km road races, in both the 40 and 45 age groups. National Colours were awarded to walker Ross MacDonald for his performance in the 10,000m race in the 40 age group. Cindy Lange received National Colours for the 5,000m and 10,000m race walking in the 40 age group.

Peninsula Marathon: Extreme weather couldn’t stop Red Army

on Thursday, 20 February 2014. Posted in Road Running

The Red Army was out in full force again when 217 club runners lined up for the 50th Cape Peninsula Marathon and Half Marathon on Sunday, 16 February 2014. The marathon started in Greenpoint and the half marathon halfway down the route to Simon’s Town.

On one of the hottest weekends this summer – and a particularly steamy Sunday – in the Western Cape, the heat and windy conditions did not make life easy for the runners. Many athletes suffered from cramps, but true to the spirit of camaraderie among club members, there was always a helping hand.

Club mate Marinda Swanepoel commented as follows on the club’s Facebook page: “I’m glad it is over! Today, I experienced the amazing camaraderie among members. I cramped badly and didn’t know what to do. Out of the blue a fellow club member put her hand on my shoulder and asked whether she could help. Then after a few km another club mate, Yusuf Abrahams, came to my rescue (what a true gentleman) and Louise Wileman, the angel that she is, kept me upright until the finish line. NBMC, you are awesome!”

Not only did a number of members better their PBs, the mere fact that everybody finished the race in such extreme conditions, deserved a mention.

Club runners took a number of podium positions, which included the men’s team prize in the marathon and both men’s and ladies’ team prizes in the half marathon. The first three positions in the vets category of the marathon were won by club members – Tsungai Mwanengeni won the age group with Nic de Beer and Patrick Ketelo in second and third places, respectively. Friedl van der Merwe finished second in the master’s category.

Fresh off an injury, Zintle Xiniwe won the half marathon convincingly with Danette Smith following her home in third place. Tana Jansen van Rensburg came second in the vets category. The ladies team that won the team prize comprised Zintel Xiniwe, Danette Smith, Tana Jansen van Rensburg and Heléne Roux. The men’s team of Bronwyn van Rijn, Christopher Karelse, Enver Pedro and Yusuf Kanouni finished third in the vets category.

Jenny and Colleen take top honours in the 11GLOBAL Triathlon

on Thursday, 20 February 2014. Posted in Triathlon

New Balance Multisport Club tri-athlete Jenny Nel took top spot in the 11Global Triathlon held at Big Bay in Cape Town on 16 February (the same day as the Cape Peninsula Marathon and Half Marathon). Fellow club tri-athlete Colleen de Oliveira finished first in her age group and second overall in the Sprint Distance Triathlon.

This is a remarkable achievement considering that both had just returned from the 70.3 IM (Half Ironman), where they had to push their bodies hard to achieve some very noteworthy results. The conditions for the triathlon were challenging, and the two athletes had to dig deep to make every stroke, revolution of the wheel and step count. The massive waves made swimming very difficult, and the heat and gusty wind added more challenges during the cycling and running legs of the race. But the ladies’ enviable willpower, determination and focus ensured podium positions for both.

Jenny’s recent performances included top-three positions in every triathlon in which she had competed. Says coach Dave Sullivan: “Jenny’s week leading up to the 11Global should be put in perspective. On Thursday, she rode her bike for 70km, swam 1 km and ran 19 km. On Friday, she cycled 150 km and on race day she beat people who tapered for this race!” Jenny has fixed her focus on a good finish at Midlands Ultra in March next month, and ultimately the full Iron Man in Port Elizabeth in April.

Referred to as the little sprinter, Colleen will remain the Club’s triathlon newsmaker. Says Club Triathlon captain Petro Neethling: “Colleen is forever positive, smiling and would never even consider complaining about the conditions on the day. Her focus is just on getting the job done, as quickly as possible and as fast as possible.”

Great way to start the year!

on Tuesday, 07 January 2014. Posted in Road Running

On Sunday, 5 January, more than 100 club runners lined up for the very first road race of 2014, the 38th Bay to Bay 30km and 15km road races. The 30km is run along the scenic coast from Camps Bay to Hout Bay, and back. The 15km started in Hout Bay.

The following members won podium positions:

Heléne Roux (30km - 4th woman); Elmarie Coetzee (30km – 1st vet); Enver Pedro (15km – 3rd senior men); Oscar Coetzee (30km – men’s team prize); Dean Kucherera (15km – 1st junior); Tsunga Mwanengeni (30km – 1st vet, men’s team prize); Hein Camphor (30km – 5th overall, men’s team prize); Christopher Karelse (30km – men’s team prize) and Marie Louw (15km - 2nd vet).