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Ep 37: Bruce Fordyce, 9-Time Winner of Comrades Marathon on Comrades Marathon, Sustaining Performance at the Very Top and His Training Principles

Run with Fitpage

Bruce Fordyce is a South African marathon and ultramarathon athlete. He is best known for having won the South African Comrades Marathon a record nine times, of which eight wins were consecutive. In this episode, Bruce talks about the Comrades Marathon, his running and training journey, his famous hand-shake ritual and a lot more with our host Vikas Singh.Episode Summary:00:00 - About this episode01:18 - Welcome Bruce to the show!01:51 - How did Bruce start running?08:32 - Experience running the first Ultramarathon — the key takeaways and training11:22 - Making way through the Comrades marathon17:13 - The key to consistently improving the race timings24:40 - The hand-shake tradition28:38 - Some of Bruce's special memories 31:50 - Uphill vs downhill training38:20 - How to not cross the 12-hour mark?42:36 - The mantra to Bruce's positivity and mindset50:40 - Bruce's message to Indian runnersGuest Profile:In 1977, when Fordyce first ran the Comrades Marathon, he placed 43rd out of 1,678 entries. He placed 14th in 1978, 3rd in 1979, 2nd in 1980, and was the winner for an unprecedented eight consecutive years from 1981 to 1988; he won it again in 1990. No other runner in the history of the Comrades has achieved this feat. Fordyce was the world record holder over 50 miles from 1983 when he covered the distance in 4hr 50min 51sec during the 53m 1082yds London to Brighton ultramarathon until Jim Walmsley broke the record on 5 May 2019. In addition to having written two books about the Comrades Marathon, Fordyce was also a sports columnist for various newspapers and magazines and a SABC television commentator for the 2014 event. He is also a motivational speaker and the chief executive officer of the South African Sports Trust. In 2004, he was voted 64th in the Top 100 Great South Africans.To reach out to Bruce, log on to www.brucefordyce.com.About Vikas Singh:Vikas Singh, an MBA from Chicago Booth, worked at Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, APGlobale and Reliance before coming up with an idea of democratizing fitness knowledge and help beginners get on a fitness journey. Vikas is an avid long-distance runner, building fitpage to help people learn, train, and move better.For more information on Vikas, or to leave any feedback and requests, you can reach out to him via the channels below:Instagram: @vikas_singhhLinkedIn: Vikas SinghGmail: vikas@fitpage.inTwitter: @vikashsingh1010About the Podcast: Run with FitpageThis podcast series is built with a focus on bringing science and research from the endurance sports industry. These may help you learn and implement these in your training, recovery, and nutrition journey. We invite coaches, exercise scientists, researchers, nutritionists, doctors, and inspiring athletes to come and share their knowledge and stories with us. So, whether you're just getting started with running or want to get better at it, this is the best podcast for you!Learn more about fitness and nutrition on our website, www.fitpage.in or check out our app Fitpage on iOS and Android.This podcast has been recorded via Zoom Conferencing.

52mins

7 Oct 2021

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Bruce Fordyce: Nine times Comrades winner and South Africa parkrun supremo

Running Tales

Bruce Fordyce is a running legend. The South African has won his home country's premier event, the gruelling Comrades Ultra-Marathon, an incredible nine times. His achievements also include winning the London to Brighton race three years in a row, but these days he's more at home taking on a 5km parkrun. As the chief executive of parkrun South Africa he's completed more than 400 runs and toured all over the world. I talked to Bruce about how his running journey began, helping Zola Budd complete the Comrades and the agony and ecstasy of taking on one of the world's toughest races...

50mins

9 Aug 2021

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HOT SPORT WITH JOHN WALLAND

Tune in to Hot Sport Monday- Thursday 18:30-19:00 as he chats to some of the biggest names in sports both on the field and off. John Walland is valuable part of Joburg`s Hottest Breakfast Team on Hot91.9FM

11mins

25 Jun 2021

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BRUCE FORDYCE

HOT SPORT WITH JOHN WALLAND

Tune in to Hot Sport Monday- Thursday 18:30-19:00 as he chats to some of the biggest names in sports both on the field and off. John Walland is valuable part of Joburg`s Hottest Breakfast Team on Hot91.9FM

11mins

25 May 2021

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A conversation with Bruce Fordyce

Jerm Warfare

Bruce Noel Stevenson Fordyce (born 3 December 1955 in Hong Kong) is a South African marathon and ultramarathon athlete. He is best known for having won the South African Comrades Marathon a record nine times, of which eight wins were consecutive. He also won the London to Brighton Ultramarathon three years in a row. He is the former world record holder over 50 miles and the former world record holder over 100 km.

1hr 13mins

25 Feb 2021

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#9 | Bruce Fordyce - The Comrades King

Run.Life.Repeat

Bruce Fordyce is one of the all-time greatest ultra-distance runners, having won the iconic Comrades Marathon a total of nine times.  To date, he has run the event a total of 30 times.He is the 50-mile record holder for the United States All Corners Race and is the former record holder of the 100-kilometre event.  He won the Brighton to London race three times between 1981 and 1983.He is an author, motivational speaker and in 2004 he was voted 64th in the TOP 100 GREAT SOUTH AFRICANS.  Questions:1.      Bruce, other than being a very accomplished athlete, few people know that you were born in Hong Kong, area qualified archaeologist, keenornithologist, and connoisseur of fine wines.  Would you tell us your story about the formative years, what led you to become an elite athlete and where your passion for Comrades Marathon started?2.      You stood against apartheid when it was unsafe to do so.  Tell us a little about the participation of women and non-whites in Comrades and your statement against apartheid at the 1981 Comrades Marathon event.3.      You have had a long and successful career in running.  Is there one highlight or victory that stands out for you among others and why?4.      You held the world record for the 50-mile London to Brighton ultramarathon for 36 years before it was finally broken by Jim Walmsley in 2019.  You wrote a blog titled: “WE BORROW WORLD RECORDS, BUT WE KEEP TITLES.”  How did you feel when this record was broken after holding on to it for so many years?5.      Between 2009 and 2010 you took nearly 2 hours off your Comrades Marathon finishing time?  What led to this result?6.      Can you tell us the story of how and why you started Parkrun in South Africa?7.      South African runners are a special breed.  We run marathons as training runs in preparation for the Two Oceans and Comrades Marathons.  What is your advice for road runners in terms of how your body withstands all that punishment?8.      What sort of running do you do now?9.      Ultra-running is gaining in popularity worldwide.  What advice do you have for the modern distance athlete?10.   Like us at Run.Life.Repeat, you have a heart for helping runners realise their potential and achieve big running goals.  What advise do you have for some our listeners who may be newbie runners and think that they would never be able to run a 5k, let alone the Comrades Marathon?Look out for Bruce's new book titled:  "The Winged Messenger."

1hr 27mins

2 Nov 2020

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Episode #125 Bruce Fordyce The Comrades King 9 Times Winner

The Inspirational Runner Podcast

Another treat for you this week especially for those who feel connected to The Comrades Marathon 9 times winner 8 of which were consecutive the man they call The Comrades King Mr Bruce Fordyce himself quite arguably one of the best runners in the history of the sport. He ran the 89km down course in an amazing 5hr 24min 7 sec (which is a crazy pace of 5:48), but even more amazing he ran the challenge up course in 5hr 27 min 42 sec (for a pace of 5:52) He has completed the Comrades course 30 times, won the London to Brighton ultramarathon three years in a row. He was the former world record holder over 50 miles and the former world record holder over 100 km. With all his numerous successes in the sport you can tell from this interview that his proudest is his introduction of Park Run into South Africa where he has touched the lives and left a legacy for 1.2 million people who have currently signed up to the compete in the Sat 5km. Truly is a humble guy who has holds a lot of experience and is considered as one of the best runners in the world. You can find this interview on youtube just search for the Inspirational Runner and make sure you click subscribe so that you don’t miss out on the list of Inspirational Runners that we have lined up.https://youtu.be/IokJH7YcVEU

1hr 31mins

14 Aug 2020

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Road to Comrades Ep 14 - Bruce Fordyce

Stimulate Run

On this episode we were lucky enough to interview the 9 times and king of comrades Bruce Fordyce. Bruce shared many stories of his journey in running and provided great advice for all runners out there. We also got news this week of the cancellation of comrades so the panel discussed how this has impacted them and what they may change for next year.

3hr 23mins

17 May 2020

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Season 1 - Episode 7 : Bruce Fordyce

the INTERVIEWS by Talk Ultra

Bruce Fordyce (born 3 December 1955 in Hong Kong) is a South African marathon and ultramarathon athlete. He is best known for having won the South African Comrades Marathon a record nine times, of which eight wins were consecutive. He also won the London to Brighton Ultramarathon three years in a row. He is the former world record holder over 50 miles and the former world record holder over 100 km. First recorded in 2012 Episode 0h 26m 30s Talk Ultra back catalogue HERE--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/theinterviews-talkultra/message

26mins

3 Feb 2020

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Bruce Fordyce, Ultra Marathon Athlete

Run2Vin: Running, Fitness, Inspiration

Today we have with us one of the all time greats of ultra-marathon running the Comrades King, Bruce Fordyce! Bruce has won the Comrades, a simmering aspiration for most marathoners, an incredible eight times in succession, and nine times overall. No other runner in the history of Comrades has ever achieved this feat before or since Bruce. There were runners who were contenders on the Comrades “up run” and others who were contenders on the “down run”... Bruce broke the record in both directions. Time Stamps: 2:30 Bruce talks about the South African dream of Comrades Marathon3:30 He shares why Comrades Marathon is not only about speed.4:25 He talks how his school sports and breaking up with girlfriend shaped his running career.09:26 How winning drives winners. Bruce talks how he kept winning again and again. 13:40 The moment when Bruce realised it's over.15:30 Bruce shares how he grew stronger and fitter while avoiding injuries.21:45 Bruce talks how he encourages others to run Comrades.29:13 He sshares if he ever felt like giving up during training.37:10 Sprint Round Follow VineeLinkedIn | Instagram | Facebook | YouTube | Twitter Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Castbox Google Podcasts Overcast Stitcher TuneIn Radio

42mins

22 Feb 2019

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