Lloyd Scott

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Lloyd Scott.

Lloyd Scott, MBE (born 13 October 1961 in Rainham, London) is an English former professional football goalkeeper and now charity fundraiser, best known in the UK for his charity marathons. He is notable for competing in the 2002 London Marathon in a deep-sea diving costume during which he broke the world record for slowest marathon time.[citation needed] The diving suit he wore is now on display at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, London. The number he wore is still attached to the suit on display.

On 2 July 2012 the BBC reported that Scott, wearing a 130lb (59kg) diving suit, was the first person to complete the 2012 Olympic Marathon Course in a time of six days.[1]

Charity Challenges[edit]

After surviving leukaemia, Scott has raised more than £5 million for a number of charitable causes, through what he calls "alternative charity fundraising events", including the following:

List of Lloyd Scott's Charity Challenges

• April 1989: London Marathon – Just three weeks before life saving bone marrow transplant for leukaemia

• April 1990: London Marathon – Less than a year after transplant to show there is ‘life after leukaemia’.

• October 1992: Snowdonia Marathon - Britain’s toughest marathon

• November 1993: Everest Marathon – Staged 18,000 feet up the world’s highest peak

• August 1995: Abseiled down Blackpool Tower

• September 1995: Complete Olympic distance triathlon

• March 1996: Firewalk over burning coals

• April 1996: Completed London Marathon in polar expedition gear

• May 1996: Sahara Marathon des Sables – 150 mile ultra marathon carrying all equipment.

• Oct – Jan 96-97: Scott 2 the South Pole - Expedition to the South Pole

• March 1997: 125 mile Devizes to Westminster canoe marathon

• July 1997: Fastnet yacht race

• September 1997: Climbed Kilimanjaro on a llama

• July 1998: Completed 135 mile Death Valley ultra marathon in 140 degrees of heat

• April 1999: Expedition to the North Pole.

• Feb 2001: Climbed Mt Aconcagua, Argentina (22,841ft)

• October 2001: 168km Jordan Desert Cup ultra marathon – dressed as Indiana Jones

• April 2002: London Marathon in deep-sea diving suit – Taking 5 days, 8 hours, 29 mins and 46 seconds to complete

• November 2002: New York City Marathon in deep-sea diving suit – again finishing on the sixth day

• June 2003: Edinburgh Marathon in deep-sea diving suit – this time taking 6 days 4 hours, 30 mins and 56 seconds

• August 2003: Completed the Marathon of Britain – 175 mile ultra marathon

• September 2003: Completed Great North Run in deep-sea diving suit

• October 2003: Completed the world’s first underwater marathon in deep-sea diving suit in Loch Ness – taking 12 days

• Feb 2004: First person to watch a film underwater, watching ‘Finding Nemo’ DVD in tank at the London Aquarium

• July 2004: Sport Relief Challenge - walked to top of BT Tower London in deep-sea diving suit

• Oct-Dec 2004: Cycled penny-farthing across AustraliaPerth to Sydney, nearly 3,000 miles taking 50 days

• May 2005: ‘Swam’ from John O’Groats to Land’s End in swimming pool on back of a lorry, taking 12 days

• September 2005: Completed Great North Run in Apollo 17 spacesuit on bouncy stilts

• April 2006: Completed London Marathon as St George in 100lb suit of armour, pulling 200lb dragon, taking over eight days. Helped Sir Steve Redgrave break world fundraising record of £1.8 million

• April 2007: Completed London Marathon as Indiana Jones – ‘chased’ (but really pulling) 350 lb boulder around course

• May 2007: Trekked the Inca trail to Machu Picchu

• April 2008: London Marathon as Iron Giant – 9 feet tall robot, weighing 70 lbs, on stilts taking 6 days

• April 2009: London Marathon as The Beatles (Sgt Pepper uniforms) in the Yellow Submarine

• July – Sept 2009: Land’s End to John O’Groats walk with life size tyrannosaurus rex – ‘T-Rex Treks’ taking 72 days, raising £175,000 for Teenage Cancer Trust

• June 2010: World's deepest underground marathon, 12,000 feet down at bottom of world's deepest mine in, South Africa – severe heat and humidity over two miles underground

• April – May 2011: Magic Marathon - dragged around London Marathon as Brian the Snail from the Magic Roundabout, taking 27 days

• May - June 2012: Completed Diamond Jubilee Marathon in deep sea diving suit on behalf of The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, becoming the first person to complete London 2012 Olympic Marathon course.

• May 2014: Completed the Maldon Mud Race in a diving suit.

  • Lloyd is a Pro Dono Ambassador

Scott has been injured during some of his events. For example, he injured his shoulder during the underwater marathon when he fell off a 15-foot (4.6 m) ledge while in the loch. After being awarded an MBE in 2005, Scott joked that the award should stand for "Mad, Bonkers and Eccentric".

References[edit]

  1. ^ "London 2012: Olympic marathon course finished by diving suit man Lloyd Scott". London: BBC. 2 June 2012. Retrieved 30 June 2012. 

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