'Eddie Izzard's Mandela Marathons'
22 May 2013
UPDATE - 22th May 2013
Sky 1 & Sky 1 HD
Episode 1 - 9pm, Thursday 23rd May
Episode 2 - 9pm, Thursday 30th May
UPDATE - 24th May 2012
I set out to run 27 marathons in 27 days as a tribute to Nelson Mandela and his 27 years spent in prison.
Having completed 4 marathons, unfortunately, I have had to put my attempt on hold due to unforeseen medical complications that have arisen due to a multitude of factors including severe terrain, humidity and altitude. But I wish to say that my attempt is not over and I will return to South Africa and run the 27 marathons and finish this story.
I owe that to Nelson Mandela who has inspired the world to struggle and succeed no matter what obstacles are thrown at us. - Eddie Izzard
Eddie is embarking on another marathon challenge – this time in South Africa. Comic Relief have kindly agreed to administer a Fund for Eddie (wittily entitled The Eddie Izzard South Africa Fund) whose aim will be to support organisations working to help disadvantaged people across South Africa. Every penny raised from the public will go to help projects that Eddie supports with his Fund. The television exposure, later in the year will show highlights from this challenge and will act as a backdrop to the fascinating story of Nelson Mandela's life. This from Eddie:
"Starting on Tuesday 15th May 2012, I will attempt to run 27 marathons in 27 days, as a small tribute to Nelson Mandela and 27 years he spent in prison.
The marathons will be run all over South Africa in areas that resonate with his life including: Mvezo, Qunu, Fort Hare, Johannesburg, Soweto, Pretoria, Rivonia, Cape Town and Robben Island where he was imprisoned for 18 of the 27 years.
As the marathons are run, we will be filming a documentary about Nelson Mandela's life and I will be talking to people who know him and who struggled with him over those 27 years. This documentary will be broadcast on Sky TV in the UK and is being sold to countries all around the world" - Eddie Izzard