Fordyce has completed 30 Comrades Marathons and was the winner for eight consecutive years from 1981 to 1988, then he won it again in 1990. No other runner in the history of the Comrades has achieved this feat.
Fordyce also won the London to Brighton ultra-marathon three years running from 1981 to 1983. He is the current world record holder over 50 miles and is the former world record holder over 100km.
With all of those kilometres under his takkies, Fordyce wrote two books based on the Comrades Marathon: The Marathon Runners’ Handbook and Run the Comrades. He is also a sports columnist for various newspapers and running magazines.
Fordyce has become a much sought-after motivational speaker, where he shares the lessons he learnt running marathons with business people across a range of industries. His message is one of tolerance, reconciliation and hope.
He has used his profile as an SA sporting hero to make the most of his role as CEO of the South African Sports Trust. This independent body was established in 1995 to fund sports development in the country. The trust’s aim is to provide all disadvantaged South Africans with the opportunity to play sport, at all levels, across all sporting codes.