#RT @eddieizzard attempting 27 #marathons in 27 days In aid of @sportrelief #charity

_88402213_10463295-low_res-sport-relief-2016Comedian Eddie Izzard is running 27 marathons on 27 consecutive days to raise money for Sport Relief.

Izzard is running in South Africa, and each day of the marathon symbolises the 27 years former president Nelson Mandela spent in prison during the apartheid era.

Taking on consecutive marathons like this is classed as “ultra-running”.

In a stark contrast to the British weather, the comedian will face temperatures of up to 30C. Even dedicated ultra-runners have difficulties in this heat.

Izzard has faced a similar challenge before, albeit not in these conditions. In 2009 he completed 43 marathons in just 51 days, raising over £1m.

Eddie Izzard will be posting daily videos during his epic run, which is in honour of the memory of Nelson Mandela.


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