Comedian Eddie Izzard is one day from completing his 27-marathon challenge in South Africa after Saturday’s 42.2K effort in Cape Town. The 54-year-old English is running 27 marathons in 27 days for charity and is heading to Johannesburg for Sunday finale.

Izzard will be doing back-to-back marathons on Sunday to cap off the challenge as he missed a day earlier in the trek because of health problems. Dr. Gary has been alongside the 54-year-old throughout the race and has monitored the runner’s health determining whether he should continue or not.

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After Saturday’s race, Dr. Gary said that he’ll be given “some medication because of acid in his stomach caused by anxiety.” Izzard himself noted that he is very nervous ahead of Sunday’s 84.4-kilometre hurdle.

Watch him complete Saturday’s marathon below:

He will do the double marathon in an attempt to fulfill his initial goal of running 27 marathons in 27 days for Sport Relief, a charity which helps disadvantaged kids around the world. He chose 27 because it represents one day for each year that Nelson Mandela spent in prison.

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Izzard is also getting some motivation and best wishes from outer space as Tim Peake tweeted out the following on March 18:

Entering Saturday’s marathon, Izzard has helped raise more than 700,000 pounds (approximately CAD$1.3 million) for charity as revealed by the BBC recently. The announcement can be seen below:

Izzard has attempted similar feats in the past including running 43 marathons in 51 days in 2009. That accomplishment too was in support of Sport Relief.

He is expected to begin Sunday’s run at 5 a.m. local time.


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