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Charity fundraiser Lloyd Scott finishes the 2011 Virgin London Marathon after 26 days on the course dressed as a giant snail

Charity fundraiser Lloyd Scott finishes the 2011 Virgin London Marathon after 26 days on the course dressed as a giant snail

Charity fundraiser Lloyd Scott finishes the 2011 Virgin London Marathon after 26 days on the course dressed as a giant snail

An extreme fundraiser 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, cooped up in a giant costume of Brian the Snail from the Magic Roundabout.

Crossing the finish line after 26 days of pain, he said: "That's not an experience I want to repeat."

Mr Scott, 49, from Rainham in Essex, spent up to eight hours a day on the course, and suffered constant nosebleeds, vomiting and cramps.

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, but he said he has only managed a tenth of that so far and urged the public to support him.

Speaking in The Mall outside Buckingham Palace, he said: "It's an enormous relief to finish. Every day has been like a 'ground-snail day'.

"The big problems have been the weather because it gets very very hot inside, and then there are the deposits that are left on the pavement - glass, nails, doggy doo-dah, takeaway meals. Having to manoeuvre has also been incredibly difficult, crossing roads, getting up and down the pavements. I've been doing a mile a day and that's pretty much my limit, after that everything starts to seize up."

Mr Scott, who is 6ft 2in and started the race on April 17 weighing 17 stone, tackled the course on a metal sled, using a pair of handles, his knees and toes to scrape his way along.

The face-down position meant continual nosebleeds and he had to rush to hospital at one point to have the blood vessels in his nose cauterised. He has also been sick inside the 9ft-long contraption because he has not been able to digest food properly.

Mr Scott has raised more than £5 million for charity since his first London Marathon in 1990 after he fought off leukaemia.

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