Eddie Izzard, the comedian turned Marathon Man who vowed earlier this month to run a series of marathons across South Africa in honor of Nelson Mandela, has stopped running. He issued this statement to fans and followers early this morning:
I set out to run 27 marathons in 27 days as a tribute to Nelson Mandela and his 27 years spent in prison.
Having completed 4 marathons, unfortunately, I have had to put my attempt on hold due to unforeseen medical complications that have arisen due to a multitude of factors including severe terrain, humidity and altitude. But I wish to say that my attempt is not over and I will return to South Africa and run the 27 marathons and finish this story.
I owe that to Nelson Mandela who has inspired the world to struggle and succeed no matter what obstacles are thrown at us.
We wish him the best and hope to see him back into his “barefoot” running shoes again soon! We’ll keep you updated on Izzard’s health and marathon updates as we learn more.