Born in Hong Kong, Fordyce's family moved to Johannesburg when he was 13 years old. He completed his school career at Woodmead High School and subsequently attended the University of the Witwatersrand, where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1977 and his Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in 1979. During this time he was also a member of the university’s Student Representative Council as well as a committee member of the Wits Athletic Club.
“Bruce Fordyce has used his activities on the track as a platform from which to promote tolerance, reconciliation and hope. The University congratulates him on his achievements and is proud to recognise him as a true ambassador of this institution.”
Fordyce, who graduated from Wits in 1978 with a BA Hons in Archaeology, joined the staff of the University as the first research officer of what would become the Rock Art Research Unit. He led the research group’s first project in Harrismith in the mid-1980s, using the tough terrain as a training ground for his running. The project would be seminal in establishing rock art research on a permanent academic footing and the small research group would grow into a research unit and eventually, an institute.
He was also one of the first members of the rock art research group to work on the Bleek and Lloyd ethnographic records. His work helped lay the foundations of what would eventually become a 20-year labour of love that was finally completed in 2000.
Mention the Comrades Marathon, the world-famous 90-kilometre run between Durban and Pietermaritzburg, and one name still springs to mind: Bruce Fordyce, the "Comrades King", and one of the all-time greats of ultra-marathon running.
Noteworthy Events/Interesting Facts:
Winner of: Comrades Marathon 1981, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 90; London to Brighton Marathon 1981, 82, 83; US 50 mile Championship 1984; Nansivik Ultra Marathon Baffin Island 1987, 1992; Standard Bank 100 km Ultra-Marathon 1989; World Ultra-Marathon record holder.
Has completed the Dusi Canoe Marathon nine times.
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