Bruce Fordyce: CEO Parkrun South Africa

10 Aug 2018

Bruce is perhaps best known for his 9 victories in South Africa’s famous Comrades marathon. In the 1980s he broke the Comrades course record 5 times and his winning time in 1986 stood for 21 years. He also won several ultra-marathons around the World including the famous London to Brighton race (3 times) and the US 50 miles championships. In 1983 he set a World record for 50 miles which remains unbroken to this day. For a decade in the 1980s he was undoubtedly the Word’s best ultra- runner. In 1982/83 he was chosen as SA sportsman of the year by the SA sportswriters and in 1997 he received the State Presidents award in gold for his contribution to athletics.

Bruce is an archaeologist by training and he taught and researched the subject at Wits university specialising in the Stone Age and San rock art. He chaired the Board that built the renowned Origin’s Centre at the university and secured a major donation to help fund the centre’s construction. In 2007 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by his alma mater.

He worked as CEO of the South African Sports Trust for 7 years. There he helped fund sports development projects for disadvantaged sportsmen and women around South Africa.

Bruce recently helped to secure funding (R100 million) from an anonymous donor to build a school for talented disadvantaged athletes. Some of these athletes are already winning medals at major championships but more importantly are receiving a proper education. He serves on the Board of this school (The athletics Foundation trust).

In November 2011 Bruce started parkrun in South Africa. 26 people came to the first run at Johannesburg’s Delta Park. Now every Saturday between 40000- 60000 parkrunners participate at 150 different parkrun venues throughout Southern Africa. Early next year over a million people will be registered parkrunners.  parkrun is helping to create a healthier and happier South Africa, one community at a time.