Comrades king Fordyce sets his sights on sliver this year

2011-05-25 00:00

LEGENDARY Comrades king Bruce Fordyce — who has been content to run at the back for fun in recent years — is back with a silver medal in his sights.

“I’ve run every year since 2000, often with friends, just to enjoy the day,” said the 55-year-old. “Last year I ran for myself to see what it was like, which was when I saw friends such as Arny Gertz and Colin Goosen still getting silver, so I decided to give it a go.”

His 7:55 in 2010 earned him his fifth Bill Rowan medal, equaling the number of silvers already in the bag, to go with nine wins and 11 gold medals.

“I’ve been racing hard, but nothing over 15 km. I’ve even won a number of my age group awards,” he said. Fordyce is clocking 38 minutes for 10 km and takes 63 minutes for 15 km.

“The distance events have all been slow and easy, which is how I managed to get away doing ­Paris, London and Two Oceans on successive weekends. This way my legs are fresh for Comrades.”

Fordyce on a mission is a hard man to beat and the times he is clocking suggest he will be closer to 7:15 than the 7:29:59 that will reward him with his sixth silver.

“Of course there are many things that can go wrong — weather, the day and then I have yet to see how these old legs hold oout in race mode at that distance,” said Fordyce.

Fellow veteran Alan Robb, who is going for his 38th medal, advised him, “Give it everything, Bruce, and don’t worry if it doesn’t work out, I’ll be there to join up with you at Umlaas Road.”

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