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43 marathons in 51 days, run by..

Discussion in 'Sports Arena' started by platypus, 16 Sep 2009.

  1. platypus


    Joined: 25 Jul 2003

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    Location: Rhône-Alpes+Cambridge

    ..Eddie Izzard! Of all people. I had no idea he was doing this. Yes he started off at 10 hours/marathon but he's sped up, and I still think its an amazing achievement. Here's to everyone who says they can't run :).

    It's the last leg of Eddie Izzard's 43 marathons in 51 days. How did the less than athletic comic pull off such a feat of endurance?

    Running into London's Trafalgar Square on Tuesday, Eddie Izzard took the last of 1.6m steps, from the 43 marathons he has completed in 51 days.

    He has run at least 27 miles a day, six days a week, over the past seven weeks, covering more than 1,110 miles of England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

  2. dannyjo22


    Joined: 9 May 2005

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    Location: Cambridge

    Yeah I heard him on the radio a couple of weeks ago. I couldn't believe it hasn't had more coverage.

    A huge achievement.
  3. firstborn


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

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    Location: Nottingham

    Fair play, whatever his pace, excellent and commendable effort.
  4. Josh107


    Joined: 5 Mar 2008

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    Good to see stuff like this, really inspiring
  5. Aedus


    Joined: 16 Aug 2009

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    Location: Luton, England

    Respect to him. Greatest of respect.
  6. MonkeyNews

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 24 Oct 2008

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    It was being discussed on BBC Breakfast this morning, apparently he only trained for a few weeks before attempting this feat, with this comes the long term damage that he has done to himself.

    Incredible effort if not a bit foolish.
  7. lemonkettaz


    Joined: 28 Nov 2005

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    In my lifetime i want to run from the top of Scotland to the bottom of England.

    For no reason either. I will do it eventually, whether I will get people to sponsor me I don't care, maybe people can join in... I hope so.

    I want to do a Forrest Gump ;)
  8. Pigeon_Killer


    Joined: 21 Nov 2005

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    Fantastic achievement but that's what happens when you don't **** your pants and give up.
  9. knowlesy


    Joined: 6 Jan 2006

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    yeah, pure quality guy !
  10. Greenlizard0

    Man of Honour

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    I'd heard he'd done that many marathons, but didn't realise in such a short space of time. Fair play to that man.
  11. semi-pro waster

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    Very well done, that's a hell of an achievement and he's one of the least likely people I'd have expected to run a marathon, nevermind 43 of them. About the only less likely comics I can think of are Jo Brand and Dawn French.
  12. Iraklis F.C.


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  13. starfighter


    Joined: 4 Aug 2008

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    Well Done Mr Izzard. You really are an action transvestite after all!
  14. Freefaller

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    I couldn't do it.
  15. james.miller


    Joined: 17 Aug 2003

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    Location: Woburn Sand Dunes

    wow, that's some achievement.
  16. Zip


    Joined: 26 Jun 2005

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    Location: Australia

    I once knew a guy that told me about what will happen when you hit the wall in a Marathon. And he said you just need to hope there is a toilet around because its not gonna wait for one:p
  17. Earth[Tera].bin

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 12 Sep 2007

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    Yeah, I thought this was a superb achievement by any athlete, but with only 6 weeks training and no prior experience it was down right monumentus . I also checked to see if it was anywhere close to a world record but it seems one Ricardo Abad Martínez from Spain, ran a marathon for 150 consecutive days!
  18. bam0


    Joined: 28 Oct 2002

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    Not belittling what Eddie Izzard has done at all, but he's shown that you probably could. A decent support team behind you and plenty of time and pretty much anyone could do this (physically at least, I guess some people might not mentally be able to take it).
  19. jakeke


    Joined: 8 Jan 2006

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    Location: sheffield

    It's up on the iplayer at the moment (the documentary)
  20. lemonkettaz


    Joined: 28 Nov 2005

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    Whats it called?