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Brian The Snail Makes Marathon Attempt

Extraordinary marathon man Lloyd Scott takes on the Virgin London Marathon to raise money for Action for Kids

‘Marathon Man’ Lloyd Scott is showcasing his latest costume for the London Marathon at a photocall at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich on Thursday 24 March.

brian the snail

brian the snail

Lloyd, who is well known for completing fundraising challenges in stunning costumes, including an antique diving suit, is aiming to complete the 26.2 mile course dressed as the Magic Roundabout character, Brian the Snail. Starting with the race entrants on Sunday 17 April, he’ll be accompanied around the course by other characters from the Magic Roundabout including Florence, Dylan, Zebedee and a giant collection box in the form of Dougal. The photocall will be the first opportunity to see the costumes and to speak to Lloyd about his ‘Magic Marathon’ fundraising attempt for Action for Kids.

Action for Kids is a national charity working with children and young people with physical and learning disabilities, and their parents and carers. Lloyd, who is also the charity’s director of fundraising, says:

“By entering the Virgin London Marathon as Brian the Snail we want to highlight the issue of mobility and the challenges children and young people with disabilities face in negotiating everyday life. We have more than 30 children currently on our waiting list for equipment that will transform their lives. With every mile we cover, and with the public’s help, we hope to raise enough money to make a real difference to as many lives as possible.”

The Magic Marathon team’s fundraising efforts are being supported by Magic 105.4 FM’s ‘Cash for Kids’ charity.

Lloyd will aim to complete a mile a day to finish the race on Friday 13 May. Brian the Snail will be one of his most challenging costumes to date as it requires him to lie face down on a short sled (no wheels allowed!), just inches from the ground, with a periscopic camera to allow him to see where he’s going.

“I’m in training to strengthen my arms and shoulders, and my calves to get used to the movement I need to use to propel myself forwards,” says Lloyd. “It’ll be hard but I have in mind the families that will benefit from the money we raise and I’m determined to do it for them.”

Lloyd will next see the National Maritime Museum on 22 April, the sixth day and sixth mile of the Magic Marathon.


  1. I would like to wish Lloyd all the very best for this very barmy but worth while attempt. I must though thank Lloyd for one other reason. I will be running the London marathon for Breakthrough Breast Cancer, with Lloyd’s expected time of 26 days I will have a better chance of not being last!