Izzard a good idea to run 27 marathons for Mandela?

2012-05-12 00:00

BRITISH comedian Eddie Izzard is to attempt 27 marathons over the course of 27 days, to commemorate the 27 years Nelson Mandela spent in prison.

“It will be my small tribute to Mandela’s huge sacrifice,” he said at a function at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Houghton on Thursday evening.

“Back in the day, I was one of those liberal lefties who said it was ridiculous that he was in jail, but did nothing about it,” he said.

Izzard has performed a similar feat before, running 43 42 km marathons in 51 days across the British Isles.

He plans to do his runs, starting next week, at places like Qunu, Robben Island and Rivonia, which are significant in the former president’s life.

Izzard told sister paper Beeld that he had been inspired by Mandela when he met him two years ago during a concert for the 46664 foundation.

“He was 91 at the time, but so full of wisdom, so interesting.

“People always talk seriously with him, about politics and stuff, but we laughed and joked,” he said.

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