Eddie Izzard has today announced that he will attempt to complete a staggering 27 marathons in 27 days across South Africa for Sport Relief 2016. This gruelling challenge will see Eddie aim to run over 700 miles in temperatures of up to 30°C without a single day off.
“Eddie is undoubtedly one of our Sport Relief legends, and we are absolutely thrilled that he is going to push himself to the physical limit once again. What he did for Sport Relief last time was truly astonishing and raised a staggering amount of money that has really helped to transform lives at home and across the world. We are beyond grateful for his continued support and will be with him every step of the way.” – Kevin Cahill, Chief Executive at Comic Relief
The new none-TV channel version of BBC Three will exclusively cover Eddie’s journey from his first marathon on Tuesday 23rd February to his last marathon planned for Sunday 20th March. Eddie has chosen 27 marathons to reflect the 27 years that Nelson Mandela spent in prison. Throughout his journey he will explore the history of South Africa and Nelson Mandela as well as visiting communities, organisations and families that have all been helped by the work of Comic Relief.
This mammoth undertaking will culminate in Pretoria on Sunday 20th March, at the same time as the Sport Relief Games will be taking place across the UK. Eddie’s route will trace the story of Nelson Mandela’s life; starting in his birthplace, before journeying to the school and university that he attended, then on to Cape Town and Robben Island where he was imprisoned. If Eddie completes all 27 marathons, he will end at the Union Buildings in Pretoria where Nelson Mandela gave his inaugural speech as the first democratically elected President of South Africa in 1994.
The challenge will be an important one for Eddie as he previously attempted a similar feat in South Africa in 2012, but had to pull out for health reasons. The 2012 attempt followed his fantastic effort for Sport Relief in 2009, when he completed 43 marathons in 51 days across the UK, pushing through both physical and emotional barriers to raise over £1.8m.
The money raised for Sport Relief from the Eddie Izzard: Marathon Man challenge will be used to help transform the lives of some of the most disadvantaged people both at home in the UK and across the world’s poorest communities. If all goes well Eddie will complete the challenge on Sunday 20th March
“BBC Three is uniquely placed to cover Eddie’s challenge on our new platforms and on social media – transforming the BBC’s offer for young people means we should do whatever we can, wherever we need to, with whoever works best and whenever is appropriate, to tell amazing stories just like this one.” – Damian Kavanagh, Controller, BBC Three