Tuesday 20 March 2018

Eddie Izzard puts marathon running shoes up for auction

Eddie Izzard in Pretoria
Eddie Izzard in Pretoria

They may not be in the best condition but Eddie Izzard has put his running shoes up for auction after completing a staggering 27 marathons in 27 days.

The cross-dressing comedian raised more than £1.35 million for Sport Relief following his gruelling challenge across South Africa.

He is now hoping to add to his total by selling a pair of trainers worn during his 707-mile run, which ended on Sunday beneath a statue of Nelson Mandela in Pretoria.

The men's size eight trainers, which are being sold on online auction site eBay, had already achieved a bid of £619 after just a few hours on sale.

According to a description on eBay, the Inov-8 Race Ultra 290 model shoes are "perfect for long distance training and racing". The deadline to enter a bid is on Wednesday.

Izzard, 54, tweeted: "Auctioning for @sportrelief some signed running shoes used in #27marathon27days."

After completing his 27th marathon, Izzard said the challenge had been "the hardest thing I've ever done".

The endurance feat was a tribute to the 27 years Mr Mandela spent in prison before becoming the first black president of South Africa.

Over the 707-mile route Izzard battled through dehydration, heat exhaustion and sunstroke.

He was forced to take an unscheduled rest day on the fifth day of the challenge, which meant he had to complete two marathons on the final day.

The actor attempted the same feat in 2012 but was forced to stop due to health issues after marathon number four.

The 2016 Sport Relief total stands at more than £56 million.

Press Association

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