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Eddie Izzard Completes 27th Marathon in 27 Days For Sport Relief


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Comedian Eddie Izzard has completed his challenge in South Africa to run 27 marathons in 27 days for Sport Relief.The 54-year-old needed to run a double marathon on Sunday to complete his challenge beneath a giant statue of Nelson Mandela, in Johannesburg.


Izzard attempted a similar feat in South Africa in 2012 but had to pull out for health reasons.

The comedian's endurance feat raised more than ?1.35m. The 2016 Sport Relief total stands at ?56,984,007.


"That was very, very tough," Izzard told reporters as he swigged from a celebratory bottle of sparkling white wine.

The 27 marathons were intended to reflect the 27 years Mr Mandela had spent in prison before becoming South Africa's first black president.


Over the 707-mile route, Izzard battled through dehydration, heat exhaustion and sunstroke.

He was forced to take an unscheduled rest day on the fifth day of the challenge, which meant he had to complete two marathons on the final day.




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