ARRS - Association of Road Racing Statisticians

Ril Hauman

Ril Hauman started his career in journalism at the newspaper "Die Burger" in 1968 and has been working in newspaper, magazine and book publishing for forty years. He retired as Operations Manager of the Cape Town publishing firm Human & Rousseau at the beginning of 1999. He has been active in athletics since 1960 and still participates in track, road and cross-country events. He completed eleven "Two Oceans" marathons and more than a hundred marathons and ultras. He received Western Province Veterans colours for track. He was a Western Province road running administrator for an uninterrupted period of 23 years until early 1999, and served as vice-chairman, chairman, member of the disciplinary committee, chairman of selectors and statistician of Western Province Athletics Road Running. He resumed duty as statistician and chairman of selectors in 2000 (he retired from the latter post at the end of 2006). He acted as manager of Western Province road running teams on numerous occasions. He was a member of the Committee of Seven that steered Western Province athletics through the unity process, was chairman of the committee that drew up the new Western Province Athletics Constitution after unity in 1994, and served on the Executive Committee of Western Province Athletics. He served on the Western Province Athletics Road Running Commission for a second period from 2001 until 2007 and also served on the Western Province Athletics Constitution & Rules Committee, and has now been active in the administration of the sport in the province for 33 years. He is also a Western Province technical official, acting as referee at road races. He was a national road running selector for the Souh African Road Running Association (SARRA) in the eighties and represented Western Province at national level at council meetings of the South African Athletics Union and SARRA. He was also the official SARRA statistician. He has organised a number of road races, among them two South African championships. He received honours colours of both WP Athletics and WP Veterans Athletics. He has been a member of the South African Athletics Statisticians (SAAS) since 1969 and was awarded life membership of the association in 1998; he is currently also vice-chairman. He is a member of the international Association of Track and Field Statisticians and a co-founder of the international Association of Road Racing Statisticians. He started compiling South African road running statistics in 1979 and has built up a huge database from which information is supplied to statisticians all over the world. He was founding editor of the magazine "South African Athlete" in 1972 and served as editor of "Running Free" in 1999. He served as Statistical Editor and columnist of "Runner's World" (South African edition) for many years, and also writes for the Internet publications "Race Results Weekly" and "The Analytical Distance Runner", as well as "Athletics International" (UK). He publishes Distance Running Results, a weekly newsletter distributed by e-mail. He is Editor of the South African Athletics Annual published by SAAS. He is the South African public relations officer for AIMS (the Association of International Marathons and Road Races). He is often invited to give talks on athletics and is a regular announcer at road races in the Western Cape such as the Two Oceans, Voet van Afrika, Whale Half Marathon, Niel Joubert Plaaswedloop and others. He has done television commentary on the Comrades, Two Oceans, South African road championships and other races on numerous occasions, among them the Berlin Marathon. He has coached a number of runners over the years, and still does. He has a library of more than 300 books on all aspects of athletics. He has written two books on athletics. The first, "Hardloop en lf", was published in 1979 and is still the only Afrikaans book on running training methods in existence. The second, "Century of the Marathon 1896-1996", was published in 1996 and details the history of the first century of the modern marathon, including the first published study on the history of the marathon in South Africa. It was distributed in South Africa and a number of overseas countries and received wide international acclaim.