London Marathon 'racer' Greg still at it... five days later!

PUBLISHED: 22:23 17 April 2008 | UPDATED: 13:12 05 October 2010

THE slowest man on earth is still plodding his way along the London Marathon route, which he began last Sunday. Greg Billingham doesn't reckon to finish the 26-miles until his seven days and nights plodding through the streets in slow motion

By Mike Brooke

THE slowest man on earth is still plodding his way along the London Marathon route... which he began last Sunday.

Britain's self-styled 'Mr Slow,' Greg Billingham, doesn't reckon to finish the 26-mile course until this coming Sunday, one week later.

He's expected to arrive in Canary Wharf on the Isle of Dogs, in East London, some time tomorrow around late morning or lunchtime, just 18 miles into the route with another eight to go.

No-one's really certain exactly where he'll be, not even his charity supporters.

But they have no problem catching up with him wherever he is.

Greg, who will be a little 'out of step' with the fast track Canary Wharf executives, is confident he'll be in the business district between route miles 18 and 20 by lunchtime, however.

He reckons to plod across the finishing line in The Mall after a gruelling seven days and nights in slow motion.

But there are rewards for those who wait.

His marathon medal is being presented to him on Sunday by someone looking remarkably like The Queen in front of Buckingham Palace.

The best lookalikes in the world are lined up to meet him, including Her Majesty, Prince Charles, Posh and Becks, Tom Jones, Elvis, Freddie Mercury, Billy Connolly, Diana Ross, and Joan Collins.

Greg is raising £2 million for Get Kids Going, a charity giving mobility to disabled youngsters which is championed by one of Britain's fastest athletes, Lord Coe.

But Seb Coe, who is the London 2012 Olympics committee chairman, is not expected to recruit Greg to represent Britain in Beijing this summer.

Greg would never make it in time.

But he's not slow in taking the begging bowl out for a good cause.

Anyone can help Mr Slow raise his £2m for the kids by giving him cash when they see him in the streets or by donating through his website:

or Get Kids Going! website:

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