The Comrades Marathon Association is saddened by news of the death of former Comrades volunteer, life member and runner, Dave Barron. He was 79 years old.
As a member of Collegians Harriers Running Club, Dave was one of the founding members of the Comrades Marathon Association. He also served on the CMA Board, the Executive Committee as well as the Board of Trustees for 17 years and helped establish the first refreshment stations at the Comrades halfway mark and finish venue.
Dave earned 6 Bronze medals after completing his 6 consecutive Comrades Marathons in Race Number 167 between 1972 and 1977. His best time was achieved in the 1974 Comrades Marathon in a time of 8:35:00.
CMA Chairperson, Cheryl Winn says, “Dave served as a dedicated volunteer at the Comrades Marathon for decades. He assisted on many fronts and showcased his passion, dedication and love for The Ultimate Human Race through his various roles. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and former running mates. May he rest in peace.”
Former Chairperson and Finish Venue Convenor, Jeff Minnaar says, “Dave was one of the founding members of the CMA together with Mick Winn in 1970. He organized the first refreshment station on the route in 1973 at halfway and at the finish. He also assisted with building both the Comrades Start and Finish Venues for 45 years and was in charge of keeping the workers warm with refreshments at the Start build-up at 2am before the race. Dave was the epitome of a gentleman. R.I.P. Dave. My condolences to his family.”
Fellow volunteer and former Board Member, Terence Hoskins says, “As a member of the Comrades A-Team, Dave was responsible for overseeing the erection of the Medical Tent and the overall setup of it, under Dr Godlonton and then Dr Boulter. His commitment and dedication to the work of the A-Team cannot be overstated. He was a passionate volunteer, helpful and an all-round good guy. I enjoyed a good friendship with him and his wife Betty. We were part of a group that did weekly walks every Saturday morning and it was always fun and pleasant. He will be missed.”
Comrades Doctor, Jeremy Boulter says, “Dave was a regular sight at Comrades, always with a smile, always prepared to go the extra mile and continuously working to make the Comrades Marathon great. He was happy to assist and also to up his game and make things workable and right at any given time. Dave was ever pleasant and ready to work; a trait so typical of the dedicated Comrades volunteer. He will be remembered.”
Collegians Harriers Chairperson, CMA Board Member and Comrades Pmb Registration Co-Convenor, Les Burnard says, “Dave was always involved in some way or other with road running and his contribution to Collegians Harriers and Comrades was amazing. He was always willing to assist in organizing races and help on the day of the event. He was the chairperson of Collegians Harriers from 1981 to 1983 and was well liked by all club members.”
Former CMA Chairperson, Peter Proctor says, “I have known Dave for more than four decades. He has always been a gentleman, kind-hearted, a dedicated Comrades helper, always willing to help and never had a bad word to say about anybody. Dave, you will be sadly missed but never forgotten; and like all Comrades runners, you have now crossed the final finish line. Rest in peace till we meet again.”
CMA Board Member, Isaac Ngwenya says, “Dave was always there to assist with any job assigned and teach new people like myself when I joined as a volunteer and A-Team member. He was a mentor and his dedication and smile will be missed by all volunteers, as well as the knowledge he shared regarding Comrades activities. Condolences to his family and friends. May his soul RIP.”
CMA Elder, Poobie Naidoo says, “Pat and I send our deepest condolences to the family of Dave Barron, as well as his friends and colleagues. We have always known him to be kind, humble and totally committed to the Comrades Marathon Association. May the Almighty give his family courage and strength during this challenging time.”
Community Chest’s Angie Narayanan says, “Community Chest extends its deepest and sincere condolences to the family of Mr Dave Barron. As we bid farewell to someone in the Comrade Marathon Family, we hope that many other runners will continue to take on his light and show the world how ordinary people can be extraordinary!”