Two Oceans boss resigns

2013-05-28 21:11
Two Oceans Marathon (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Two Oceans Marathon race director, Rowyn James, has resigned from his position with immediate effect.

James, who was appointed as general manager of the popular ultra marathon in 2008, said on Tuesday the Two Oceans board has decided to go ahead with a restructuring process - as a result his current position of race director has become "redundant".

"The Two Oceans ran at a loss in 2005, 2006 and 2007. I am proud to say that when I took over in January 2008, I managed to turn things around. The race has also seen unprecedented growth and has become an iconic event on all fronts since I have been at the helm," James said when asked what he had achieved since he was first appointed.

"I am not sure myself how things will change but the board has come up with a new structure or what they call an organogram where a management team will fulfil the role of the general manager or race director," he explained.

Chairperson of the Two Ocean Marathon Association board, Lester Cameron, confirmed the organisation is undergoing a restructuring process and that James has handed in his resignation in the light of this.

"It came as a shock to me. After eight years, James has decided by mutual terms agreed with the board, to part ways with the organisation to pursue alternative career options.

"We thank Rowyn for his contribution and wish him well for his future career choice," added Cameron.

Chet Sainsbury, a current board member, who held the position of race director from 1981 to 2008 - and who has completed more that 30 Two Oceans Ultras - refused to comment on the matter.

The 56km Two Oceans commonly known as the world most beautiful ultra marathon, was this year held for the 44th time and had a record number of 25 000 participants.

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