The race is an art - Bruce Fordyce on the Comrades Marathon

If there's anyone who knows what the gruelling Comrades Marathon is all about, it's nine-time champion and ultra-distance legend, Bruce Fordyce.

Speaking to Africa Melane on Weekend Breakfast, he says weather conditions for the 94th edition are unusually good.

It's a really unusual Comrades, because it's misty and cool.

Bruce Fordyce, Former Comrades Marathon champion

Fordyce says, because participants have to run as conditions determine, the race is an art.

You paint your own picture that day depending on the weather conditions, what your competition does, how you're feeling, how hot it is, how cold it is and all those factors come into play.

Bruce Fordyce, Former Comrades Marathon champion

To say 'I'm going to run that time' is dangerous and arrogant. You have to run as conditions around you determine.

Bruce Fordyce, Former Comrades Marathon champion

He says the up- and the down run on the Comrades present their own specific challenges.

The up run shows what kind of a runner you are because you've got to drag your weight up those incredibly steep hills all the way to Pietermaritzburg.

Bruce Fordyce, Former Comrades Marathon champion

The down run shows what kind of masochist you are because it's all about the pain you have to endure - you start doing the really steep downhills in the last third of the race when your legs are nicely softened up, then you've got to go pounding all the way down.

Bruce Fordyce, Former Comrades Marathon champion

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