Eddie Iz Running - Saturday 15th to Tuesday 18th August
18 Aug 2009
On Saturday Eddie ran from the edge of Kendal up through to the Lake District. It was very rainy and required lots of running up into the hills. At one point it felt like the team were up in the clouds because it was so high and the mist came down. There was low visibility at the stop point by Lake Windermere. Eddie seemed to appear from nowhere, running out of the mist on the Kirkstone pass with a team of mountain rescue guys and their tracker dog who had joined him! They told him about a local pub which they all went to. Then the mist lifted while they were at the top part which was lovely.
As Eddie began his descent downhill to Ullswater, two ultra marathon guys ran with him and said he was doing very well.
He reached Ullswater and nearby there was an outward bound centre, in fact it was one that Eddie had stayed in as a child. So he went to visit it.
There was also a village hall nearby where a birthday party was taking place. People came out as they heard the music – U2’s ‘Elevation’ and ‘Walk This Way’ and invited Eddie to Edmund’s party! They bought Eddie a beer and stood chatting outside the village hall for a while. Eddie got everyone to sing happy birthday. Instead of his usual ice bath, Eddie waded into the lake just as he had done when a child at the outward bound centre. Except then, he had to jump in at 7am each morning!
Sunday was Eddie’s rest day. He decided he wanted to do an impromptu gig and so he did! His team broke their short notice record and took 8 hours from the first call to the venue to the start of the gig!
Theatre By The Lake in Keswick were fantastic and really turned it round incredibly quickly. The capacity was just under 400 people.
They went for a Thai meal after the gig at the Star of Siam in Keswick.
Eddie discovered he had been bitten but no-one is sure by what!
Today (Monday 17th) is Eddie’s 19th marathon! He started in Ullswater with a journalist from the Sunday Times running with him and went through Penrith up to North of Carlisle. He’s been running quickly today and is being welcomed at the end by Gnarls Barkley’s ‘Run.’
Eddie started an hour later today and the weather was miserable. He arrived in Gretna, another flag change, for Scotland this time! Eddie was given 2 huge Scottish flags by people passing by in their cars and the team are going to drape them over the seats of the van.
A lone bagpiper, Alan, was by the border sign ‘Welcome to Scotland’ when Eddie arrived. He was in full regalia with hat and kilt!
Eddie got an emergency pair of trainers in Dumfries from Knox Sports who were very lovely. His other trainers have worn away and he needs at least 2 pairs at any one time. He ran along the A75 today.
Eddie is celebrating marathon number 20 today and having hit his 3rd country out of 4!
Don't forget to sponsor Eddie on the Sport Relief donation page here!
You can watch footage of the run at the BBC website here.
You can also watch the week 3 clip on YouTube here (available Internationally.)