Eddie Izzard, a South Yemen-born comedian have completed his 27 marathons in 27 days challenge, which was done to raise money for sport relief and also pay tribute to the late Nelson Mandela.
The race was a total of 700 miles in different temperatures of up to 42C, the 54-year-old has raised a total of more than £1.35 million for the charity appeal.
According to the Independent Newspapers UK, He 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”,
He also added that, “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.”
He reportedly attempted the same challenge back in 2012 but was forced to stop after the fourth marathon due to health problems.
Despite having to take an unscheduled rest day in hospital to test levels of heat exhaustion and dehydration, Izzard managed to complete this year’s challenge in the planned time.
He took a route that signifies Nelson Mandela’s life, starting on 23 February at Mbashe Bridge near the statesman’s birthplace and finishing on Sunday 20th March at the Union Building in Pretoria, where he provided his first speech as President.
The idea behind doing 27 marathons according to him was intended to commemorate the 27 years Mandela endured in prison before becoming South Africa’s first black president.