Bruce Fordyce was one of the more well-known RAC runners. He initially ran in the colours of Wits University before joining RAC, and though he won Comrades as a Wits runner, he was never part of a team winning the Gunga-Din Trophy. Bruce was an RAC member on and off for about ten years. He now runs for Discovery Vitality. “We often tease him and say when his bank balance drops below six figures, he will come back to RAC,” says Dick.
Sonja Laxton joined RAC in 1985. In 1987, she did her club proud by being awarded triple Springbok colours in track, cross country and road running. At the world Half Marathon Championships in 1992, Sonja set a new world veteran record. Today, she still wins many races in her age category and is often a top contender in the Spar Ladies Race series.
With so many members over the years, the club has made many notable achievements; here are just a few:
Norma De Beer completed the 1977 Comrades and became the first RAC lady to run the event.
In 1979, Hosiah Tjale won the Checkers Marathon and in 1980, went ahead to win the first RAC Gold medal at Comrades, as well as winning the Two Oceans Ultra Marathon.
In 1982, Helga van Werweskerken broke the SA 1 000m track record.
Bob De La Motte, Tony Dearling, Trevor Metcalfe and Allan Day won the Gunga-Din team trophy (for Comrades) in 1984.
In 1985, Ephraim Sibisi won the Two Oceans.
In 1989, Fritz (founding member) ran his 30th Comrades.
Titus Mamabolo ran a 2:19 marathon at the age of 50 in 1991, and was awarded Springbok colours.
In 1992, Israel Morake won the Two Oceans Marathon.
Ina Sanders won gold at the 1998 Comrades and a year later, she won the ladies section at the London to Brighton Marathon.