On Friday, Comrades Race Director, Rowyn James was quoted as being “adamant that both he and organisers were always open to comment, both positive and negative.” He failed rhis test on Monday morning.
Just how does James respond to criticism from Cheryl Winn, the matriarch of Comrades? Shortly after posting the image below on her Facebook and Instagram accounts, Winn was blocked from accessing her Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) account.
After Carte Blanche aired their segment on the Comrades cutoff controversy, Cheryl Winn was distraught with the brazen lack of accountability and flippant attitude displayed by the Comrades Race Director. Winn, who is a former race winner (1982), Chairperson (2018-21) and Vice-Chairperson (2014-17) of the CMA, had been waiting for official comment from CMA before making any personal remarks on social media. She was expecting an “abject apology” and that the CMA “would to the right thing.” Sadly, like most in the running community, she was let down.
Winn, whose late husband Mick was the founding Chairman of the CMA, says, “It blows my mind. I never thought I would see the day I would be proud NOT to be on the CMA Board.” Although she feels there are still some honourable people on the Board, it appears that after an emergency meeting last week, the Board has given their full support to James.
Winn elaborates, “There seems to be no comprehension whatsoever or acceptance of responsibility for having ‘robbed’ hundreds of passionate people of their dreams, money and sacrifices.”
Winn’s view of James’ interview on Carte Blanche, “A half-hearted apology for the ‘jogger’ remark but no responsibility whatsoever for the unconscionable error that cost hundreds of runners thousands of Rands and destroyed their dreams”.
Rowyn James might think, “It’s all water under the bridge” but I doubt this sentiment is shared outside of his CMA cronies and close circle of friends. If there are still honourable women and men on the CMA Board, it’s time to make yourself known.Follow Running Mann: