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BBC BREAKFAST WITH FROST INTERVIEW: LLOYD SCOTT, Marathon Runner APRIL 21st, 2002
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DAVID FROST: Last Sunday thousands of people took part in the London Marathon, their aim being to complete the course in the fastest time possible. But for one competitor the opposite was true. For Lloyd Scott the pace was somewhat slower. He was running for charity in an antique diving suit weighing 120lbs. Five days after the start of the London Marathon he finally crossed the finish line. Walking 4.8 miles a day with a rest break every 400 yards - it was a laborious process. He was hoping to raise money for a children's cancer and leukaemia charity and he's here with us this morning. Come and join us.
LLOYD SCOTT: Good morning.
DAVID FROST: Good morning, and here we have the outfit in which you achieved your triumph Lloyd, the - this - what is this really? It's official diver's kit is it?
LLOYD SCOTT: Yes it's an authentic deep sea diver's suit that was actually used for people to go deep sea diving in.
DAVID FROST: And how heavy is it?
LLOYD SCOTT: Be careful.
DAVID FROST: It is quite heavy isn't it? How much is that?
LLOYD SCOTT: That weighs, that weighs about 40lbs. And then we had weights front and back which probably -
DAVID FROST: And what about the boots there?
LLOYD SCOTT: The boots. Yes these are lead, lead diver's boots and again - just try and hold that - that's 22lbs.
DAVID FROST: Twenty-two pounds.
LLOYD SCOTT: Twenty-two pounds, yes.
DAVID FROST: And how long did it take you - five days - to do the marathon course?
LLOYD SCOTT: Yes, five days, eight hours and something.
DAVID FROST: Did you hear there's been a budget while you were away? Did you hear about that?
LLOYD SCOTT: Somebody had to tell me, I had no idea what was going on because it was almost literally like living in a goldfish bowl, I had very little idea what was ...
DAVID FROST: And how painful did it get. You got - one paper said you got wasps in your helmet.
LLOYD SCOTT: Yes at one stage, yes, a wasp flew in and buzzed around and then flew off before it could sting me, but that was a bit of a heavy moment.
DAVID FROST: A bit of a heavy moment. The whole thing was a heavy moment though with all of these weights carrying on. And was it painful, the wasp could have been painful but was the rest of it painful?
LLOYD SCOTT: There was always something that was - there was always something that was actually aching - part of my body, the shoulders, the hips, my back, the legs. But really, you know, the charity that I was raising for, Click, and the work that it does, and, you know, trying to encourage and inspire other cancer and leukaemia sufferers, that was really my sort of driving force to ensure I kept going.
DAVID FROST: What else have you done like this, for your charities?
LLOYD SCOTT: Well I've done expeditions to both the North Pole and the South Pole; I've run ultra marathons through the Sahara; run a marathon up Mount Everest; run through Death Valley. So I've done a few sort of extreme things and that's what gave me the idea of trying to do the marathon in a diver's suit.
DAVID FROST: Right. And how much do you think you'll raise when you get all the pledges in?
LLOYD SCOTT: Well I think we'll be well over the hundred thousand goal that we actually set ourselves to raise for Click, yeah.
DAVID FROST: Really.
LLOYD SCOTT: Yes.
DAVID FROST: And I gather that the Guinness Book of Records have said they can't register this because doing a thing as slow as possible, theoretically could go on for the part where someone takes a lifetime to do the marathon.
LLOYD SCOTT: That's right. I mean I was actually trying to do it as quickly as possible but just in the heavy suit.
DAVID FROST: Yes.
LLOYD SCOTT: But I understand there point of view but it does, you know, it's a bit disappointing when you look in the book and you see that there's a record for how many drinking straws one can get into your mouth, you know.
DAVID FROST: What's the record for that, I don't know, but the - you can go for that one next. And how much in terms of - you were a sufferer from leukaemia and you are clear now are you?
LLOYD SCOTT: That's right, I'm free of the illness, yes.
DAVID FROST: But you've remembered that moment and how much have you raised for cancer and leukaemia charities altogether? Over a hundred thousand pounds from this great effort but overall?
LLOYD SCOTT: Well it's somewhere, it's over a million before this one, yes, so we're now into our second sort of million pounds, yes.
DAVID FROST: That's magnificent.
LLOYD SCOTT: Yes.
DAVID FROST: And do you work in the cancer field?
LLOYD SCOTT: Yes I do, yes, I mean I've helped, this year, helped Click with all the other marathon runners that were running in their bright yellow vests on last Sunday.
DAVID FROST: Well then, you're here just in time for this Sunday. Lovely. Thank you very much, thank you very much indeed. Great to have you with us.
LLOYD SCOTT: My pleasure.
DAVID FROST: Thank you very much indeed. There's Lloyd Scott, the man who - you really caught the nation's attention and affection, thank you very much indeed. That was Lloyd.
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