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Tuesday, 16 April, 2002, 14:57 GMT 15:57 UK
Marathon man's leisurely route
Lloyd Scott makes his way through the Docklands
Inside his suit Mr Scott can only manage 400m spurts
Runner Lloyd Scott is set to claim the record for the slowest ever London Marathon - at an average speed of four-and-a-half miles a day.

Dressed in a old-fashioned diver's suit weighing 130lb, the former leukaemia sufferer is still plodding his way around the course. He expects to finish Sunday's race late on Friday.

   For a map showing his steady progress, click here.

Mr Scott admits he is already "tired and sore" but has vowed to finish his challenge, which stands to raise 100,000 in aid of Cancer and Leukaemia in Childhood (Clic).

Explaining his inspiration Mr Scott told BBC News Online: "I saw all the costumes and characters in the London Marathon and thought what's the worst thing I could do?"

He rejected a friend's suggestion of running in flippers and a wetsuit and decided to take the idea a stage further.

'Personal battle'

Mr Scott, from Rainham in Essex, was diagnosed with leukaemia in 1987 and ran his first marathon as part of a fitness regime to prepare for a bone marrow transplant two years later.


Other people suffer from cancer and leukaemia and I want to offer them some encouragement

Lloyd Scott
He has since completed runs across Death Valley and the Sahara Desert, expeditions to the North and South Pole and climbs of Mount Kilimanjaro in Kenya and Mount Aconcagua in Argentina.

"I used to do some fundraising but really, my illness brought that part of me out," Mr Scott explained.

"And other people suffer from cancer and leukaemia and I want to offer them some encouragement in their own personal battle."

'Amazing response'

The former fireman and professional footballer said he was looking forward to reaching the halfway point - sometime on Tuesday.

The real Lloyd Scott
Lloyd Scott used to play for Watford, Blackpool and Leyton Orient
Mr Scott, 40, said: "My shins are particularly painful, because the boots weigh 22lb each. My shoulders are a bit sore too, as the helmet is 40lb.

"I've got a couple of soldiers from the Royal Green Jackets here to help me out in case I topple over."

His wife Carole, twins Luke and Elliot, eight, and daughter Aimee, 13, are accompanying him in a mobile home, where he is spending the nights.

During the days drivers have been stopping their cars to give him money.

"The response has been amazing," he said. "People have been holding up the traffic, hooting their horns getting out of their cars and coming over to drop some cash in the bucket."

'Claustrophobic'

Mr Scott bought the 1940s diving suit for 2,500 and removed the glass to allow him to breathe.

He can only travel 400 metres at a time, before stopping for a breather.

"It's still pretty claustrophobic," he said. "And I reckon the smell inside here will be something else by the end of the week."

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