Cape Town - In
a huge coup, the Nedbank Running Club has secured Zimbabwean Collen Makaza to
compete in the green of the Nedbank Green Dream Team at the 2016 Old Mutual Two
is an exciting development for us,” says Nedbank Running Club Team manager Nick
“Collen has twice won the World 50km Title as well as the Legends Ultra
in East London. He also holds the record for
is fantastic to have the support of Nedbank for Collen at this year's Old Mutual
Two Oceans Marathon,” says Craig Fry who is Makaza’s manger.
“Collen is hungry
this year and after his second place finish last year, he is in dangerous
Collen Makaza was fourth at the Two Oceans Marathon and also
won the inaugural Legends Ultra Marathon in September that year, setting the
course record which still stands to this day.
In August 2014, four years after
his first World Title at the World 50km Championships, Makaza was once again on
the top rung of the podium at the World 50km Championships.
2015 was the
closest Makaza came to winning the Two Oceans Marathon. With 10km to go he was
locked in a titanic battle with Motlokoa Nkhabutlane. The later was able to
open a gap over Makaza in the final 8km that was never closed. This time round
the two will be team-mates as both are running for the Nedbank Dream Green
runners-up spot has Makaza on fire for 2016.
“He has been training
exceptionally hard just outside of Harare in Zimbabwe,” Fry confirmed.
“He wants this race badly now. He has had enough of not being able to
close out and has learnt a lot in the last few years. Also with the race back
to the original route over Chapman's
Peak, we both believe he
has every chance of winning on the March 26. He certainly has all the
credentials. Two-time World 50km champion and twice the
Legend Ultra Marathon winner, Collen knows how to race.”