The Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) is saddened by news of the death of long serving Comrades volunteer, Sadie van Dyk. She was 87 years old.

Sadie worked at the Comrades Registration facility in Durban for nearly 23 years. She was affectionately known as Granny to those who knew her. She has been described as a mother figure at the Registration Venue who was ever willing to lend a helping hand and spread the cheer.

CMA Registration Convener in Durban, Nathi Mncube tells us that Sadie was an inspiring, kind and hard-working person who was a welcoming sight at the Registration facility. Mncube says, “The runners looked forward to seeing ‘Granny’ on an annual basis. She helped the athletes and was patient and helpful to everyone who worked with her. We will miss her very much.”

Fellow Registration volunteer Dorothy Gronbeck says, “Sadie always had a smile on her face. She was ever willing to learn and was adept with the new technology and processes that the Comrades Registration implemented on a regular basis. She was never shy to learn and constantly worked on improving her knowledge and set of skills. Sadie was creative with her work and had a good sense of humour. She was friendly, very helpful and we will all miss her very much.”

Former Co-Convener of Durban Registration, Erica Neff says, “The runners always looked forward to seeing Sadie’s smiling face and she was a one-of-a-kind human being. She helped the volunteers where ever she could and understood the various processes that were part of Comrades Registration. She inspired me greatly. She was ever-helpful and a wonderful human being.”

CMA Chairperson, Cheryl Winn says, “We are saddened by Sadie’s passing. From everything we have heard about this wonderful lady, it is clear that she was incredibly well liked and looked forward to being part of the Registration at the Comrades Expo. Our thoughts are with Sadie’s friends, family and loved ones at this difficult time.”

CMA Vice Chairperson, Sifiso Nzuza says, “Sadie willingly gave of her time and energy to help make the Comrades experience that much more special for Comrades runners and will always be remembered as a valuable part of the Registration family. On behalf of everyone at the Comrades Marathon Association, we send our deepest sympathies to her friends and family, and are so grateful for having had the opportunity to have shared so many memories with such a caring individual.”