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"I have received this communication from the Comrades RD Rowyn James.
"'As in previous comms to you I specifically stated that we DO NOT expect
foreign athletes to now go joining clubs in order to get the letter. Comrades never made this rule, it was forced on us by the National
Federation 3 weeks ago hence it not being part of the initial entry
process. We are working to find an
amicable solution to the problem created by the National Federations
clear misinterpretation of the IAAF Rule, however we are at the mercy of
the National Federation, key thing here is we still have over 6 weeks
to achieve that – AND WE WILL – so foreign entrants are please to remain
patient and calm while we work towards achieving that. As soon as
we have a clear directive (which I think you term as a pro forma) on how
we will proceed with this clearance letter issue we will certainly
communicate that with you, all the other ambassadors and all the
international entrants too.
"'To also re-iterate the point that John Sneddon
has made in his post, as per the Comrades directive your clearance
letter needs to be issued directly from the country of NATIONALITY NOT
from your place of residency. So if you are a UK Citizen but residing
abroad you will still need a clearance letter from your athletics body
in the UK, if affiliated you can get this from England Athletics, Welsh
Athletics, Scottish Athletics etc but if your are unaffiliated as per
the explanation from Rowyn you will need to be patient and wait until
CMA technical gets this signed off. All clearance letters can then be
emailed to [email protected] and cc in [email protected] by
2nd May. As stated we are still waiting for the CMA to get a clear
directive agreed for unaffiliated runners, you will all be informed by
email when this has been agreed.'"
Thanks for all the concern folks, I am in an e-mail chain currently with several people, sparked off by David Ross including some bloke called Rowyn, where a runner is insisting he has submitted a letter to Jared, also a cc, and been accepted to run. I have just replied all asking them to confirm their accepted status and provide a copy of the letter submitted so I can achieve the same feat. I am expecting either a rebuff because they are talking out of their rear, or being advised the letter was from their in-country IAAF affiliated governing body as a consequence of them having parted with a wad of cash.
Riding this one out, it is making me think and rethink, which I would not have done if this debacle hadn't happened, about my participation this year. In between I continue to run long despite being clumsy and not always charging my watch.
The distribution I referred to above have just been sent this reply from me; Querty, as I will call him, passed the test through IAAF affiliation, so he was of no assistance really....
Kitebeast, are those "trail" laps? If so Debra will be most impressed; she is an aficionado of such events