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READ | Club skipper joins Eddie Izzard as part of epic A Run For Hope challenge in which the comedian is running 31 marathons in 31 days

22 January 2021

Rotherham United skipper Richard Wood joined Eddie Izzard recently as part of her epic efforts for A Run For Hope, in which the comedian is undertaking the running of 31 marathons in 31 days, whilst also performing 31 stand-up shows in the aftermath of completing each day’s milage.

The Millers teamed up with club hydration partners iPRO Hydrate to get involved in supporting the fundraiser, with the same company also on hand as part of A Run For Hope to help ensure that Eddie’s nutritional needs are met throughout this staggering challenge.

With lockdowns preventing travel, Eddie has taken to ‘virtually’ running the world with each of the marathons taking place on-screen in a different country around the globe, with her progress being measured by the treadmill on which she is running each day.

Woody, who is an inspirational character in his own right after his heroics at Wembley and leading of the current side as captain, joined Eddie on Day 20 of the running for a half hour slot to discuss his own life, to try and alleviate the monotony of the many miles that Eddie has been running alone.

Upon Wood’s own line of questioning Eddie revealed his allegiances to Crystal Palace as the pair discussed all things football, before going on to talk about the defender’s life away from the game, including his charity work for JDRF, his degree in Sports Journalism and the business that he and his girlfriend run in West Yorkshire.

The 3:30pm slot provided an entertaining and informative watch but what was most impressive was Eddie’s ability to act as the interviewer despite being the one running 26.2 miles on the treadmill simultaneously!

The funds raised will be going to charities that Make Humanity Great and will be allocated to charities making a real difference to disadvantaged and vulnerable people at this difficult time including some of those dealing with the wider effects of the Covid 19 pandemic. The first five to benefit are Fareshare, Walking With the Wounded, Care International, United to Combat Neglected Tropical Diseases and Covenant House New York City. Depending on how much is donated other charities will also be selected after due process.

As this article goes live, Eddie is 72% of the way to her target of £150,000 having raised just shy of £110,000.

If any Millers fans would like to watch Richard’s 30-minute chat with Eddie as part of this incredible challenge you can do so HERE.


Richard Wood (Rotherham Utd) Interview with Eddie Izzard for A Run For Hope from iPRO Hydrate on Vimeo.



Those wishing to donate to can do so at the following CrowdFunder link: 


Everyone at Rotherham United would like to wish Eddie luck in the final days of her challenge.

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