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Lloyd Scott's most unusual challenges

Lloyd Scott MBE, from Rainham, was originally best known as a professional footballer. But since 1989 he has been devoting his time to all manner of weird and wonderful charity challenges - some of the strangest of which are below.

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

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

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

  • Oct-Dec 2004: Cycled Penny Farthing across Australia – Perth 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

  • June 2010: World's deepest underground marathon, 12,000 feet down a mine in South Africa


The ten stone suit Lloyd Scott wears on his climb

During his climb up the Gherkin today, Lloyd Scott MBE is wearing at 1940s diving suit that weighs 140lbs, or 10 stone.

Lloyd walking the London Marathon in the type of suit he will be wearing on today's climb

The antique suit, complete with solid copper helmet, means that the cumulative weight Lloyd will lift during his climb is 66 metric tons.

Lloyd poses for the cameras in the type of suit he'll be wearing today

It's not the first time Lloyd has been seen in one of these suits however. He's completed a number of marathons in one, including the London Marathon in 2002 when he broke the record for the slowest time, taking almost six days to complete it.

He was also the first person to complete the 2012 Olympic Marathon Route, again wearing one of the suits. He was barred from competing in the actual race as it was ruled that competitors have to finish on the same day the race starts.