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It's a Long, Long Way to the Province of Pretoria

21st March 2016

eddie-izzard-marathon.pngBritish comedian, Eddie Izzard, told reporters yesterday in Pretoria, that his 27 marathons in 27 days – in aid of Sports Relief - was the hardest thing he had ever done.

Raising an incredible £1,351,722, the 27 marathons were in honour of Nelson Mandela who was imprisoned by the SA government for 27 years for his strident anti-apartheid stance.

Eddie told the BBC “It’s been the hardest thing I’ve ever done and I’m very tired. Thank you to everyone who has donated” and in typical Izzard fashion adding “This was tough so don’t do this at home.”

Running in temperatures in excess of 40 degrees, covering over 707 miles, Eddie missed one day, with a precautionary visit to the hospital, but made it up on the final day running 2 marathons!

In an attempt to further understand the distance covered, we compared this distance with the three other main standard units of measurement: the kilometer, Wales, the football pitch, along with some other recognizable units:

  • Kilometers: 1,134KM
  • Wales: Running the north-south length of Wales 4 times and a bit.
  • Football Pitches: 10,800 (based on average pitch size of 105m).
  • London Buses: 25,890 London buses.
  • Lands End To... Trump Int' Golf Links hotel just north of Aberdeen.
  • English Channel: 33.5 times.
  • The Moon: Eddie covered 0.3% of the journey to the moon. 

Izzard said: “This has been a long project, but with the help of ‘Team 27’ I did it. Thank you so much to everyone who donated. I always knew I’d be back. When I didn’t make it in 2012 I knew I’d be back. I can’t stand upright, I have a huge blister and I’m exhausted. But I’m delighted.”

It’s still possible to sponsor Eddie at the official Sports Relief website.

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