Nosebleeds, sickness and cramps: but Rainham fundraiser finally crawls over marathon finish
PUBLISHED: 18:00 16 May 2011
An extreme fundraiser from Rainham has completed his toughest challenge yet after crawling the London Marathon.
Lloyd Scott inched his way along the 26.2-mile course face-down on a sled, his 6ft 2in frame cooped up in a giant costume of Brian the Snail from the Magic Roundabout.
He crawled through the streets - across broken glass, nails and dog mess - in an attempt to help children with mobility issues by raising £200,000 for Action For Kids.
Crossing the finish line last Friday after 26 days of pain, he said: “That’s not an experience I want to repeat.”
Lloyd, 49, spent up to eight hours a day on the course, and suffered constant nosebleeds, vomiting and cramps.
At one stage Lloyd, who now lives in Essex, had his nose cauterised in hospital to stop the bleeds - and was told be medics to abandon his fundraiser.
“They said the constant strain on my body wasn’t very good for me,” he told the Recorder, “and because I was lying on my stomach, I couldn’t digest food properly so I was sick a lot.”
Lloyd, who lost nearly a stone during the ordeal, added: “I could only do a certain amount of crawling a day because I would seize up.
Lloyd raised more than £5 million for charity since his first London Marathon in 1990 after he fought off leukaemia.
The former professional footballer, who played for Watford, Blackpool and Leyton Orient, once ran the marathon in an antique diving suit and has also completed an underwater marathon in Loch Ness.
But he said this was the toughest marathon challenge yet and over the past week he has often considered quitting.
Action For Kids supports children and young people with physical and learning disabilities.
Lloyd has so far only reached a tenth of his target and is urging the public to support him.
To donate, visit: www.uk.virginmoneygiving.com/magicmarathon
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