Climbing the Gherkin
On Saturday 5th October Lloyd helped to launch the Britain's Personal Best initiative by walking up the 1,037 steps of the 40 storey Gherkin building in the heart of the city centre of London. The scheme is to promote the spirit of the London 2012 Olympic Games and continue the Olympic legacy. The climb in the 140 lb deep-sea diving suit took Lloyd 2 hours 53 minutes and he commented, " I have to say the scenery didn't change very much, except the floor indicators going up one by one. The climb got harder the higher I went and one of the most difficult aspects was there didn't seem to be much air to suck in and I found myself gulping down huge lungfuls of hot to try and recover. I was amazed at the amount of coverage we received, being on BBC Breakfast, ITV London News and in the Sunday Mirror and The Metro. I'm now thinking what will be my personal best for 2014.
You can watch the climb and Lloyd on Breakfast TV at:
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After being the first person to complete the London 2012 Olympic Marathon course during June of that year, in his deep-sea diving suit to raise funds for The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, Lloyd was invited to Buckingham Palace, together with his partner Lucinda to attend a reception as a thank you to people who had contributed to the Charity.
"It was a wonderful occasion meeting Her Majesty; she said saw the story in the newspaper and also commented how uncomfortable the suit must have been.
I joked that for a couple of months I was actually the Olympic marathon course record holder, to which she laughed!
We also met the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Edward and Sir John Major during what was an unforgettable evening
Gherkin Photo credit goes to the Sunday Mirror.