Eddie Izzard - he proved that he really is an action transvestite when he ran 43 marathons in 51 days for Sport Relief in 2010, raising more than £1.8 million.

Eddie Izzard - he proved that he really is an action transvestite when he ran 43 marathons in 51 days for Sport Relief in 2010, raising more than £1.8 million.

Here we go again: Comedian John Bishop set off on the first of three marathons he's set to run as part of his gruelling Sport Relief charity triathlon

One down, two to go! Comedian John Bishop completes first of three marathons as he continues mammoth charity triathlon

Here we go again: Comedian John Bishop set off on the first of three marathons he's set to run as part of his gruelling Sport Relief charity triathlon

Ethiopian Abebe Bikila won the 1960 Olympic marathon in a record time of 2hours, 15minutes and 16seconds. He was the first Sub-Saharan African to win an Olympic gold medal. After the race, when Bikila was asked why he had run barefoot, he replied: “I wanted the world to know that my country, Ethiopia, has always won with determination and heroism."

50 stunning Olympic moments: Abebe Bikila's 1960 marathon victory – in pictures

Ethiopian Abebe Bikila won the 1960 Olympic marathon in a record time of 2hours, 15minutes and 16seconds. He was the first Sub-Saharan African to win an Olympic gold medal. After the race, when Bikila was asked why he had run barefoot, he replied: “I wanted the world to know that my country, Ethiopia, has always won with determination and heroism."

Eddie Izzard. Amazing cross-dressing, marathon running, stand up comedian and actor with social conscience.

Eddie Izzard. Amazing cross-dressing, marathon running, stand up comedian and actor with social conscience.

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