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Comedian Eddie Izzard’s Oswestry run-through

[from bordercountiesadvertizer.co.uk]

whereintheworldAdvertizer reporter David Lawson caught up (but only just) with comedian and actor Eddie Izzard last week, as he ran from Oswestry to Chirk as part of his incredible 30 marathons in 30 days challenge for Sport Relief.

Despite being half way through his 15th marathon in as many days, Eddie said he was greatly enjoying the area’s countryside, which was helping take his mind off the painful feet and legs.

EDDIE IZZARD RUN 5“This is something I believe we all have in us to do,” he explained, “For centuries, people around the world have run like this for days to hunt food and it’s in our genes. If for example war broke out tomorrow and our survival depended on it I feel we would all find the capacity.”

Having stopped off in Oswestry, Eddie was heading on through Chirk towards Wrexham and the end of another gruelling 30mile day, being filmed for Sport Relief later in the year and raising money and awareness along the way.

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Aug
10
2009
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Running just like Eddie

[from shropshirestar.com]

whereintheworldComedian and actor Eddie Izzard proved his determination to battle through pain and complete the Mid Wales section of his 1,000-mile plus Sport Relief run across Britain.

Cheered on by surprised motorists and residents of towns and villages on his gruelling run from Llanbadarn Ffynnyn to Welshpool yesterday, Eddie had hoped to complete his 12th marathon in a fortnight in four hours.

But severe blisters on his little toe forced him at one point down to a walk, every step agony until he could receive painkillers from his support team.

He has challenged himself to run across the UK by doing up to 30 miles a day for six days a week taking in London, Cardiff, Belfast and Edinburgh then back to London.

He said he had no hesitation in saying yes when Sport Relief asked him if he wanted to do a challenge.

He said: “I had always wanted to do a big physical running challenge, and this seemed a great way to do it and also raise money to help Africa and the poorest countries in the world, as well as projects that Sport Relief fund in the UK.

“I was also going to be advised by Olympic experts who have worked with Sport Relief before. They would help me keep running in the right direction.”

But he admitted that his little toe was causing him pain and worry.

“I will carry on, I will do it. But when the painkillers wear off it is like a pin stabbing my foot every step,” he added.

“I just hope everyone will hear about the run and sponsor me on the Sport Relief donation page.”

Holding a Welsh flag and making five-mile stops for water and to receive treatment for his injured foot, Eddie ran through Newtown and then on to Berriew, where he made an impromptu stop at the Horseshoes pub to talk to waiting supporters and enjoy a lemonade.

Bar manager Jim Horton said: “When we heard Eddie was coming the whole pub emptied. I am a huge fan so I locked the till and went out.

“I am even more of a fan now, what he is doing is amazing I couldn’t do it.”

A small group of Ellesmere runners joined Eddie for just over four miles until he reached Berriew.

Will Morris and Melvyn Austin said they were concerned for him running along the busy A483 trunk road. They said: “We did have some hairy moments with the traffic but Eddie was running really strongly until his injury started slowing him down.”

Last week runners from Builth Wells joined him on part of his 10th marathon run.

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Written by Momo in: Sport Relief |
Aug
08
2009
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Eddie Izzard’s charity marathons

whereintheworldActor and comedian Eddie Izzard heads towards Swansea and Skewen, where he lived as a young boy, on the latest leg of his charity run around the UK.

Rhodri Lewis tried to keep pace with Izzard, who is trying to complete 34 marathons in seven weeks for Sport Relief.

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Aug
07
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Eddie on GMTV

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Aug
06
2009
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It’s no joke as comic visits schoolboy home on epic journey

[from walesonline.co.uk]

whereintheworldHe may be a world renowned stand-up comedian and Hollywood actor, but to 99-year-old Gwen Watkins, Eddie Izzard will always be the “mischievous little boy next door”.

The flamboyant funny man, currently running a gruelling 1,100 miles across the UK for Sport Relief, paid a visit to his old home in Skewen while on the Welsh leg of his trek and found the time to chat to his former neighbour.

“It was very exciting to see him again, the last time must have been when he was about six,” said Mrs Watkins of the 47-year-old, who lived in the area for a couple of years in the late 60s.

“Even though he’s a big star now he made such a fuss of me and said it was good to be back.”

Having started out from London last Monday on his epic attempt to run the equivalent of 34 marathons in seven weeks, Izzard announced he would be adding extra miles to his journey just so he could revisit the house where he lost his mother Dorothy to cancer.

“I never really got to meet her because she was so ill at the time, but I can remember Eddie and his brother walking to catch the school bus and thinking it was so sad for them both,” Mrs Watkins added.

Asked what the comic was like as a boy, she replied: “He was like most little boys I suppose, full of mischief, but a sweet lad really.”

Written by Momo in: Sport Relief |
Aug
05
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Comedian Eddie Izzard stops off in city during Sport Relief challenge

whereintheworldIT’S not often you happen across an internationally-renowned comedian in a pub in Margam, getting his feet rubbed by an attractive young woman kneeling on the floor.

But earlier today Eddie Izzard was in the Twelve Knights getting just that kind of attention.

He was just passing through on his way to Swansea for the latest leg of his mammoth marathon for Sport Relief.

And it was somewhat of a homecoming, the comedian come movie star spent time living in Skewen during his younger days.

“It’s great to come back,” Mr Izzard told the Post today.

“It’s spurring me on at the moment — anywhere you have links with helps.

“People are honking their support more than ever — especially lorries as they go past.”

Mr Izzard is on day eight of an eight-week run which will see him run a marathon distance of between 25 and 30 miles a day, six days out of seven.

His mammoth challenge is called Eddie Iz Running, and it’s all in aid of Sport Relief, part of Comic Relief, to benefit young people in the UK and around the world.

It hasn’t been given the same high profile as Radio One DJ Chris Moyles’s Kilimanjaro climb had, nor Little Britain’s David Walliams’s Channel swim.

And Mr Izzard doesn’t even know what his running total of donations is.

“The amount of energy I need to do this means it is all I can concentrate on. As we go further, I hope it will build up exponentially.”

Mr Izzard isn’t known for his running, and, as one of Britain’s greatest comics, is not one of the regulars on the televised Comic Relief nights every two years.

But that’s to do with the type of funnyman he is.

He added: “I could never quite fit in with Comic Relief. I don’t do much TV, I do live shows, and TV comics can go on Comic Relief and do sketch shows but I can’t.

“But I’d already thought of doing something for it, either involving running or football actually, something big.”

Tonight Mr Izzard will be recovering from his 26.3 mile run to the middle of Swansea by indulging in a 10-degree ice bath for 15 minutes to ensure his legs are ready for action, as well as some sports massage on a large tendon in his leg which has been giving him problems — not to mention the blisters that are covering his feet.

Tomorrow he is due to leave Swansea and head to Pembrokeshire via Cefn Park, the road where he used to live in Skewen.

But despite posting pictures of where he is running on the micro-blogging site Twitter, Mr Izzard won’t be posting a picture of his old family home.

“It’s hugely emotional because that’s where Mum died. I’ve got a very complicated emotional relationship with it.”

His marathon effort is due to finish in around six weeks’ time, taking in Northern Ireland and Scotland before finishing in London’s Trafalgar Square.

Written by Momo in: News,Sport Relief |
Aug
02
2009
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Eddie in Bristol


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