Mandela Day Marathon: comrades legend Fordyce to take part

2012-08-17 00:00

THE line-up at the inaugural Mandela Day Marathon will include South African running legend Bruce Fordyce.

Fordyce is a household name in South Africa, having completed a staggering 30 Comrades marathons, winning nine.

He said his participation in the marathon would an honour.

Fordyce famously wore a black armband in his first Comrades win in 1981 in protest against apartheid, and was pelted with rotten tomatoes by a fellow runner for his actions, but he described it as “one of the proudest moments in my life”.

“I am very proud to be involved in the Mandela Day Marathon, and I am looking forward to being a brand ambassador for the run going forward,” said Fordyce.

The marathon starts in Imbali in Pietermaritzburg, outside the hall where Mandela delivered his famous speech in 1961 shortly before being arrested.

It ends at the famous “capture site” near Howick where Mandela was arrested and taken into custody.

The marathon is to be run on August 26.

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