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Thursday 14 December 2017

Top South African runner robbed of trainers while out jogging

The incident happened in a Johannesburg suburb
The incident happened in a Johannesburg suburb

South Africa's most famous ultra-marathon runner has reportedly been mugged at gunpoint while out jogging.

Bruce Fordyce was robbed of his trainers and watch by two men who pulled up next to him in a car and pointed guns at him in the Johannesburg suburb of Westcliff, according to reports.

The Times newspaper quoted Fordyce as saying the muggers were "welcome" to his old running shoes, noting they had done about 1,000km (621 miles) and "smelled like Camembert".

Fordyce, 61, won the gruelling 89km (55-mile) Comrades Marathon nine times, including eight in a row from 1981-88.

He told The Times he returned home after the mugging to get another pair of trainers and then completed his early-morning run.

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