Two Oceans legend Chet Sainsbury dies at 73
Chet Sainsbury, who was the race director, has died after a long battle with cancer.
CAPE TOWN - Legendary Two Oceans Marathon race director Chet Sainsbury has died after a long battle with cancer.
He served as race director for almost 30 years before retiring in 2008.
Chet Sainsbury, our friend, mentor, and OMTOM Race Director for almost 30 years, passed away after a long battle with cancer. Rest In Peace.
- Two Oceans Marathon (@2OceansMarathon) February 23, 2016
Sainsbury himself competed over 100 marathons including more than 30 Two Oceans ultras.
- Runner's World SA (@runnersworldza) February 23, 2016
He also racked up a remarkable 21 Cape Town cycle tour medals.
Sainsbury served on the South African Road Running Commission and was the chairperson of Western Province Road Running for many years.
He was rewarded for his Two Oceans work with civic honours from the sub-council of the City of Cape Town.
Tributes have begun pouring in for Sainsbury on Twitter:
Chet Sainsbury died this am. Running legend who completed 32 Old Mutual Two Oceans, ran 14 Comrades Marathons (11 silvers).— Brendon Bigara (@BrendonBigara) February 23, 2016
Run strong Chet.
The remarkable Chet Sainsbury who steered the @2OceansMarathon to its maturity, passed away at 10am today. A great SA life lived to the full— Tim Noakes (@ProfTimNoakes) February 23, 2016
Chet Sainsbury passed away this morning. It is thanks to Chet that TOM is what it is today. An incredible man, mentor and what a legend. RIP— Elton Davids (@eltondavids25) February 23, 2016
Rest In Peace Chet. When I started working with you in 1998, you were known to me as Mr Sainsbury. It was an honour. https://t.co/nF7krhv07B— Leonie Mollentze (@LeonieMollentze) February 23, 2016