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Eddie Izzard to run for Mandela

2012-05-11 08:48
Eddie Izzard Mandela

Johannesburg - British comedian, actor and endurance runner Eddie Izzard says he will run 27 marathons in honour of Nelson Mandela, who was jailed 27 years by the apartheid government before being released to help usher in South Africa's democracy.

Izzard spoke of his plan on Thursday on the sidelines of a reception for donors at Mandela's foundation and archives in Johannesburg.

He says he will run the marathons in 27 consecutive days in South Africa along routes he will map out himself at sites around the country linked to Mandela's personal history.

In 2009, Izzard ran 1 770km in seven weeks across Britain for charity.

Mandela, 93, became South Africa's first black president after its first all-race elections in 1994.

He served one term, and now is retired from public life.


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