Diamond Jubilee Marathon Blog Day One
Lloyd Scott’s Diamond Jubilee Marathon Blog:
The suit was ready, the support team was in place, CNN’s media team were waiting patiently for an interview with ‘The Man who Refuses to be Beaten’ and Lloyd himself was mentally preparing himself to take his first step of ‘The Diamond Jubilee Marathon’.
Sir John Major arrived and shared his good wishes as Lloyd, and his support team led by famous Englishman and ‘The Great Cricketer’ WG Grace, took their places to walk ‘one step behind’ this most amazing man who has raised nearly #5 Million for charitable causes in his life so far..
Sir John’s pre-race talk centred around England’s Test match hope sand also Chelsea’s European Cup success, all of which helped to take Lloyd’s mind off the grueling journey he was about to commence.
With photographers in place, and a good luck kiss from Lucinda Lord. (Lloyd’s loving partner)Lloyd donned his Deep Sea Diver’s helmet for the first time and against the backdrop of Buckingham Palace, took his first steps on a long journey.
As the first person to (hopefully) complete The Olympic Marathon course, Lloyd was full of motivation and with the public’s support, he will find further inspiration to take each and every step on behalf of The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust. Like so many, Lloyd has the utmost respect for the person he calls: ‘‘the most loved, and respected woman in the world.’’
Inspired by Her Majesty The Queen’s remarkable 60-year reign, Lloyd and his support team spent the morning sharing with the public the reasons behind his ‘extreme marathon and also the six projects to commemorate each decade of The Queen’s reign to be supported by the Trust. Collecting buckets filled and people applauded while cars, taxis and lorries were tooted by their enthusiastic well-wishing drivers.
To add an athletic angle to the day, the group were grateful to receive special messages of support from legendary athletes Sir Steve Redgave, Paula Radcliffe, and also Lloyd’s favourite all-time athlete Steve Ovett who got in touch from Australia.
Along the route, the conversation was filled with great stories and good humour – especially when we reached Parliament Square in searing heat. Fittingly we rested under the statue of Sir Winston Churchill to get some shade and further inspiration. His seven most famous words rang out:
‘‘Never give up. Never, ever give up.’’
And so we walked, and kept walking….
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