Bruce Fordyce the nine times winner of the iconic 89 plus km Comrades Marathon, one might have considered, would not be phased by 17.5km along the Eastern Cape coastline.
Well racing is racing, obstacles are just that and distance is purely something you train for and may or may not be designed for.
Fordyce came down to his first Surfers nine years ago with some trepidation given the terrain of those first 6km and the swimming of both the Gonubie and Nahoon Rivers.
In the nine years hence he has much fun and banter on the day of Surfers and hopes to continue for a number more years yet.
With a treble laurel permanent number at Comrades he might also feel little about running his 10th surfers, but the truth is that he is excited at the prospect of entrenching himself into the folklore of the Discovery Surfers Challenge.
On Saturday 13 February he will run his 10th Surfers and will be as pleased at the finish of the race as he has been for many other milestones along the way.
It will indeed be a very busy weekend for the Fordyce family – wife Gill will accompany him. Fordyce is country manager of parkrun South Africa and as horrified as he is at the current stoppage to the Nahoon Point Nature Reserve parkrun he is as determined as this scribe that Nahoon will be back. In the interim we will launch King Williams Town parkrun on the same morning as Surfers, where Mike Webb is the Event director, recce a Mdantsane parkrun route on Friday and travel to Hogsback on Sunday to confirm a route there.
Buffalo City will thus have six parkruns up and running by mid year with at least one other possibility in the wings.
That is why an event like Surfers continues to grow – it is all about the people – well the sports people that is!
So the bottom line is that Fordyce is as committed to Surfers and our region as any local ever might be.