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Brian reaches the finish line

On Friday the 13th of May Lloyd Scott finished his twenty-six day marathon crawling through London as Brian the Snail. I went down to the finish line on The Mall to see him complete his awesome feat and to take photos (of course, I do nothing else).


Duke of Edinburgh volunteers dressed as Florence, Dylan and Zebedee


The press gather thanks to MCS


And we are off!


Very much enjoyed seeing the press run about photographing and videoing our Brian


The finish line awaits!


Nearly there!


Phew! (I imagine are the words going through Lloyd’s mind at this point)


Posing for the cameras


Filming for this live BBC Breakfast broadcast


And then the press made him do it again!


Congratulations take 2!


Lloyd smiling with his friends from Action for Kids


Duke of Edinburgh volunteers unmasked


Look! It is Tessa Peake-Jones! Raquel from Only Fools and Horses! (very nice lady, she let me boss her and Lloyd around for this photo)

I very much enjoyed meeting Lloyd and seeing him at different points on the marathon course. Friday was a lovely sunny beautiful day for the finish and it was exciting to see all the people there to support him and Action for Kids. Congratulations to Lloyd for his achievement, I look forward to the next one, health permitting! :).

Latest update from Action for Kids, do not forget you can still donate and support here.

Guardian article

BBC article

Sky News article

Express article

Heart FM article

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Snail update

I got back from holiday on Friday (post-Royal Wedding fun at a pub) and felt the need to say hello to Brian again come Saturday afternoon. I stalked him down courtesy of Action for Kids and I was pleased to find him snailing down Narrow Street, one of my favourite spots in London.*

Brian was hanging out by Gordon Ramsay pub The Narrow and enjoying the sunshine. I was taken here for my birthday two years ago and it does some lovely grub, the views from the conservatory dining area are wonderful too. The pub fed and watered Brian and co and helped Action for Kids to raise some money also.

Lloyd told me that Brian has raised £10,000 so far but that more help and promotion is needed. So if you are a media type person please get in touch with Action for Kids or with Lloyd Scott as they would love to be featured on the radio, television, online and in newspapers. Anywhere basically!

This is where Brian has been featured online so far, excluding press releases:

BBC News

The Greenwich Visitor, page 15

The Greenwich Phantom

853 blog

Do get in touch, as Tesco says, every little helps.

Lloyd is hoping for some more donations once everyone gets back to work after the bank holiday. He will be moving around the Isle of Dogs over the next few days, hopefully those rich bankers on the wharf can dig deep. If you want to find Brian I would tweet at Action for Kids, they are pretty good at responding fairly quickly.

Here are a few photos of Lloyd getting into Brian (ooh-er) on Narrow Street yesterday:

Lloyd’s sister Vanessa plays traffic dodgems with Brian:

Lloyd ‘relaxes’ outside The Grapes pub, nearly done for the day:

I also took a little video of Brian in motion:

I watched Lloyd crawl along the ground for about twenty minutes yesterday, it is one sloooooow process.

Last thing, you can donate online too! Forgot to mention that! Woops.

* The other half and I did a lovely but freezing walk through Wapping and Limehouse back in January 2009 with Andrew Duncan’s Walking London. Wonderful book, thank you to my Aunt and Uncle for the suggestion!

Tuesday Update: Thanks again BBC News!

Wednesday Update: Hooray for London 24

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Brian the Snail

Today I met Brian the Snail. This was a very exciting day.

I was a bit young for The Magic Roundabout but the bright colours and weird and wonderful characters featured can be appreciated without even seeing much of the French and English programme that ran from 1965 to 1977. So when I saw this article on The Greenwich Phantom’s site I got very excited.

Lloyd Scott is the man behind Brian the Snail, and he has become known for ‘running’ the London Marathon in a number of odd ways over the past ten years. After surviving leukemia when he was younger he has gone on to raise large sums of money for various charities, Wikipedia has a rundown of the novel ways in which Scott has raised money since 1993.

The London Marathon route often goes through Greenwich, and as a relative newbie to the area I was very excited to see that the route went along Trafalgar Road, a stone’s throw from my house. After dragging myself out of bed at the unheard hour of 9.30am on a Sunday I watched the Men’s Elite and the amateur runners pass by mile marker six. But who would have known that six days later on Good Friday one last entrant would be pulling himself, face down, along Trafalgar Road, managing a literal snail’s pace.

However, to my eternal shame I mis-read The Phantom’s article and got my dates confused. I was the other side of London on Friday when Brian was travelling from East Greenwich Fire Station to mile marker six. I also managed to miss his Saturday journey along Trafalgar Road past the National Maritime Museum. Oops. Drat.

I finally ‘caught’ Brian in Greenwich today. Mile eight had already been completed and Brian had reached the Surrey Quays area after passing through Deptford. Handily for me, the kind folk at the Wetherspoons by Cutty Sark DLR played host to some Easter Sunday fundraising for Brian and his chosen charity Action for Kids.


After depositing some money into Dougal the money box (so cool) I had a quick chat with Lloyd Scott. He looks very tired but very enthusiastic about what he is doing. His partner, two sons and a school friend are all involved in the fundraising and in looking after Brian and Lloyd. Action for Kids are also about and are writing a daily blog as well as tweeting about Brian’s activities. Also helping with sponsorship and promotion are Give As You Live and Magic FM. If you see Zebedee, Dylan and Florence about that’s Lloyd’s children and friend helping to raise money.


The costumes are amazing and of brilliant quality, and the characters look stunning, even without Ermintrude the cow (“too hard” to figure out according to Scott). All the children in Wetherspoons loved seeing these tall and amazing creations, Rainbow Productions are geniuses. Brian is also fitted with a snail-cam so Scott can see where he is going too – phew!






Zebedee, Brian, Dylan and Florence plus an Easter Bunny from Action for Kids and Lloyd Scott

Brian and co are only eight days into their marathon, so donate if you can and keep your eye out for a big snail until May 13th when Brian finally crawls past the finish line at The Mall. I plan to see Brian along the route where I can, come too!

P.S. The 853 blog took a photo of Brian out in Charlton on the 21st of April as well.

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