Eddie Izzard is a quirky comedian who has recently carved out a successful Hollywood film career (his latest film is ‘Valkyrie’ with Tom Cruise). He has a reputation for many things, but running was not one of them. That has all changed with today’s news that he has just run 1,134 mile (1,825 kilometres) in 51 days. That’s a staggering 43 marathons virtually back-to-back.
What was his motivation? Well, it seems to be three things. The first was to raise tons of money for the Sport Relief charity, the second to celebrate the Olympics coming to London in 2012. The third reason was just to set himself a ridiculously tough challenge and see what happens. Asked what he had gained from the running, he said: “I know now I can do that. Sport is one of those words that stopped being part of my life when I was about fourteen. Sporting prowess was not something I ever associated myself with.”
I am just staggered by this achievement, because I would never associate Eddie with exercise…and how much training did he put into this super-human endeavour – just six weeks!…now where did I put my trainers!