The Imperial Wanderers Stadium confirms Comrades Marathon record holder and true South African hero Bruce Fordyce will get play underway on 24 January 2020.

On the field, the Imperial Wanderers Stadium promises a world-class pitch. The same high standard can be said for off-field activities as the Bullring will host 9-time Comrades Marathon winner Bruce Fordyce, who will ring the world famous bell to commence play.

From 1981 until 1990 Fordyce dominated the Comrades Marathon, setting 5 course records and becoming the first runner to break the 5 ½ hour barrier for the Comrades up run. To date he has run over 300 marathons and 150 ultramarathons.

President of the Central Gauteng Lions, Jack Madiseng further elaborated on the honour:

“Mr Fordyce is an extra-ordinary human being: A man that South Africa is well proud of. So it will be our honour to host him at the upcoming 4th Test Match as he opens play, and no doubt inspires the Proteas to perform at their very best and continue to make us proud.”

More about Bruce Fordyce:

In 1988 Bruce Fordyce won a World Championship 100km race, breaking the World record in the process. The SA sportswriters chose Fordyce as their South African sportsman of the year in 1982/ 1983 and the late President Nelson Mandela awarded Bruce Fordyce a Presidential award for sport in 1997. Fordyce is a patron of several of charities and serves on the Board of the Athletics Foundation Trust where he helped to secure a R100 million donation from an anonymous donor to build a school for talented disadvantaged athletes.