16/08/2009 09:32:00

Words by tcsh

Climbers Shop duo run with Eddie.

Yesterday Mark and Mick from the Climbers shop ran with comedian Eddie Izzard as he passed through the Lake District as part of his epic 1000 mile charity run in aid of Sports Relief.

Eddie Izzard & Mark Barnes

Eddie was 18 days in on his mammoth challenge, where he is running 30 miles each day.  He still has another 4 - 5 weeks of running ahead of him.  Considering the miles he'd covered already he was looking remarkably fresh and was running as if he'd only just set off.

Luckily the weather was kind as morning rain and low cloud cleared to a dry and bright afternoon. Poor old Eddie had had to run through a very wet morning from his start point of Kendal. Mick and Mark ran about 11 miles with Eddie from Kirkstone pass to Watermillock, where Eddie was keen to visit the Outward Bound Centre.  He'd been on a course there back in 1976 and had fond memories of the place and of swimming in Ullswater.

Mark, an accomplished Ultra distance runner himself, chatted with Eddie about his up and coming challenge, the Ultra Tour of Mont Blanc in about 2 weeks time.  Mark has competed in this race twice before, which involves running from Chamonix around the Mt. Blanc Massif - about 100 miles, off road, with 9400 metres of ascent and descent.   

Eddie is doing the run for Sports Relief, part of Comic Relief the charity, who are helping vunerable people here in the UK and in the worlds poorest communities.

Please sponsor Eddie on his run.  You can sponsor him online at http://www.comicrelief.com/donate/eddie