The point of most races is to do them in the shortest possible time. Last Sunday's London Marathon was won in a little over 2 hours, 6 minutes. Lloyd Scott's idea was to take the longest time — in fact, he's still going, reports CBS News correspondent Mark Phillips.
Scott is doing the marathon dressed as Saint George in a medieval suit of armor that weighs 100 pounds. What's worse, he's dragging a dragon weighing in at another 200 pounds. It's all a part of a charity stunt for children's leukemia research that probably seemed like a good idea at the time.
"Each step is just hard work," he puffs. "It's really sort of a drag."
So, how slow is Scott's time? By the time he stopped to rest tonight, he was 76 hours, 49 minutes off the pace — and with more than half the marathon yet to go.
"To be honest it's not about how slow can you go, it's about raising money," says Scott.
The rest of us can only imagine his pain. To feel, it you have to live it. So that's exactly what Mark Phillips did — with some help from the people at the Tower of London's Royal Armories.
Although you can't buy a suit of armor off the rack, they were happy to outfit Phillips with a suit that almost fit. And after some minor confusion over which foot goes where, he was armored up and ready to go.
These suits it turns out were built for protection, not speed. The latest in 15th century running gear is not just heavy; it's hot, restrictive and says Phillips, very noisy.
As he puffs to the end of his fourth day on the course, Lloyd Scott admits that attempting to run the marathon in a suit of armor may have been a bad idea.
A bad idea — for a very good cause.