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Eddie Izzard given BBC Sports Personality special award

Special award for comedian Eddie Izzard

Comedian Eddie Izzard has been honoured with a special award at the 2009 BBC Sports Personality of the Year for his epic marathon feats for Sport Relief.

The 47-year-old popular comedian ran an incredible 43 marathons around the UK, covering 1,100 miles in just 51 days and raised over £200,000 for charity.

Izzard completed the endurance event following just five weeks of training.

In 2006, fellow comedian David Walliams also received a special award for swimming the Channel for Sport Relief.

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After picking up the award, Izzard explained that he took up the idea of running round the country as "a health idea". "But I'm no athlete," he told the crowd. "Not like everybody here tonight."

"It was really tough," he added. "Everything was painful. People asked me if I enjoyed the running but I enjoyed the stopping! I staggered, I ran and I crawled."



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