Actor and comedian Eddie Izzard has just started running 27 marathons in 27 days to add to his amazing feat from 2009.

The actor who featured in films such as Ocean’s Eleven and has been a popular comedian for a number of years will aim to complete the 27 marathons in South Africa. The 54 year old is doing the run to raise money for Sport Relief a charity associated with such sporting tasks. His aim is to run 700 miles in 30°C heat, around South Africa. Any money raised via this event goes to Sport Relief.

Izzard says the very reason of him running the marathons in South Africa is to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela, the late former President of South Africa and one of the pillars of the anti-apartheid movement. Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years, which is why Izzard plans to finish 27 marathons.

During the course of his run, he will cover every important place associated with Mandela, right from his birthplace, school and college to Robben Island where he was imprisoned.

He began his run from Mandela’s birthplace. Izzard’s string of marathons will end on March 20 at the Union Building in Pretoria where Mandela gave his first speech after becoming the first democratically elected President of South Africa in 1994.

This is not Izzard’s first brush with a marathon challenge. He acquired the ‘Marathon Man’ nickname for his brilliant feat in 2009, when he ran 43 marathons in 51 days within the UK to raise 1.8 million pounds for the same charity.

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