Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
2 minute read
13 Jan 2020
8:50 am

Missing volunteer was a rare breed

Wesley Botton

Western Cape Athletics administrator Allen Barnes suddenly disappeared last week amidst allegations of 'irregularities'. But he's actually one of the good guys.

Wesley Botton.

No matter what time you get to the start of a marathon race, someone else will be there. Hours before a 6am start, organisers and volunteers are working in the dark, setting up the start and finish, dropping off equipment for refreshment stations and settling down at cold metal tables to sell entries for the event. When runners arrive, they see only the finished product which is required for their journey to begin, but for those who have ensured the race takes place, one early morning is simply the tip of the iceberg following months of preparation. By the time...