Eddie Izzard’s idea has still got legs

[from newsandstar.co.uk]

Forty three marathons. 1,100 miles. Undertaken after just five weeks of training by a 47-year-old comedian.

Whichever way you look at it, Eddie Izzard’s fundraising epic for Sport Relief was hugely impressive and inspirational.

A recent three-part series on BBC3, condensed into a one-hour version on BBC1, gave a fascinating insight into his trek last summer.

Eddie’s adventure took him through Cumbria and the documentary covered much of this in some depth.

He struggled over mountain passes and did a stand-up show at Theatre by the Lake in Keswick and visited the Outward Bound centre at Ullswater, which brought back fond memories of a childhood holiday. But Carlisle was conspicuous by its absence.

One minute, Eddie was trudging up a dauntingly steep hill on the A6 between Penrith and Carlisle.

The next, we saw a caption saying ‘Carlisle’, marking the end of that day’s run. But there were no crowds or brass bands to herald his arrival.

The News & Star journalist who ran with Eddie for part of his journey recalls him entering the city up Botchergate before making his way through the centre and up to Scotland Road with little or no ceremony.

But it’s not too late to show your appreciation for his remarkable endeavour. Donations are still being accepted at www.comicrelief.com/donate/eddie

Written by Momo in: Politics & Causes,Sport Relief |

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