London 2012: Olympic marathon course finished by diving suit man Lloyd Scott

  • 2 June 2012
  • From the section London
Lloyd Scott crossing the finishing line
Image caption Lloyd Scott has become the first and probably only person to complete the London Olympic Marathon in a 130lb suit

A fundraiser barred from taking part in the London Marathon in a deep-sea diving suit has become the first person to complete the Olympic Marathon course.

Lloyd Scott, who first donned the 130lb (59kg) suit in 2002, started on Monday.

He has made his way around the course at a rate of between four to five miles a day and crossed the finishing line on The Mall at 14:30 BST.

He is raising funds for The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust.

'Nearly passed out'

The 50-year-old, from Theydon Bois in Essex, was greeted by Sir John Major, chairman of the trust.

Mr Scott was not allowed to complete the London Marathon on the 10th anniversary of his first attempt, because the rules have been changed and competitors have to finish on the day of the race.

The Olympic route encompasses one small and three larger laps around central London taking in famous landmarks including Trafalgar Square, St Paul's Cathedral and the Tower of London.

He said: "It was wonderful. As the week went on you could sense the capital gearing up [for the Jubilee]. It was wonderful to be part of that and pay tribute to Her Majesty."

Until the Olympic marathons are run he will be the London Olympic course record holder with a time of six days.

He said: "The course is wonderful. It really does show off what's great about London."

'Very dizzy'

The warm weather at the start of the week presented an extra challenge.

He said: "I was very dizzy and nearly passed out it was so hot. All the sweat was running into my boots."

Mr Scott has completed the London Marathon nearly 15 times, he said.

He has set various records completing the 26.2-mile course wearing a suit of armour, dragging a 300lb (140kg) dragon and crawling dressed as the Magic Roundabout character Brian the Snail.

During the Olympics, the women's marathon will be held on 5 August, while the men's marathon will take place on 12 August.

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