20:20 18 March 2016
Update: Eddie Izzard has now completed 20 of the 27 marathons he is running for Sports Relief!
http://www.sportrelief.com/ follow the events this weekend.
Originally posted 24/02/2016
Eddie Izzard has successfully completed the first of the 27 marathons he is running for Sports Relief. He is running a marathon a day for the next 27 days, one of each year Nelson Mandela spent in prison.
The comedian said: "The first 10 are always the hardest, but then your body and your brain gets used to it so it gets easier.”
He previously attempted a similar feat in South Africa but had to pull out due to health reasons.
"What I'm doing is not particularly special here, other people have done more crazy things," he said.
Asked about how he is preparing for the marathon, he said: "You can't really train for 27 marathons, it's mental training."
"It's about getting your health into the right place, eating the right food, and getting mentally prepared for it.
"There's no luck in it, you make your own luck really."
When asked how he'd altered his diet, Izzard explained: "Once you get yourself off refined sugar, you do get to a much better place."