A charity fundraiser who crawled the London Marathon dressed as Brian the Snail from The Magic Roundabout has been sacked for not raising enough money.
Former footballer Lloyd Scott complete the 26.2-mile race by pulling himself along on the ground while wearing the heavy costume.
He suffered nosebleeds and vomiting as he crawled the course at the pace of a mile a day.
Scott, 49, hoped to raise £100,000 from the stunt, but pulled in about £20,000, prompting charity Action for Kids to sack him.
The charity said the expenses it incurred outweighed what Scott had raised.
Scott, who used to work as a firefighter, has raised more than £5m for charity over the years – including by completing the marathon in a vintage, deep-sea-diving suit.
His other wacky stunts include walking from Land’s End to Jon O’Groats in a T’Rex costume and cycling 2000 miles across Australia on a penny farthing.
Scott, of Rainham, Essex, said he was “shocked” by the charity’s decision.
The fundraiser said: “The trustees made their decision just 11 days after I’d finished the marathon.
“I hadn’t recovered fully and was unable to fulfil the potential of the event.
“I don’t think it has been handled in an appropriate manner. Anybody would deserve to be treated better.”
Action For Kids founder Sally Bishop confirmed that the Board of Trustees asked Mr Scott to leave the charity.
“He was given notice according to his contract with us, due to losses incurred in his latest marathon.
“Our priority is always to our donors, and the children and families we support.
“So it is with regret we had to take this decision.”
Scott said his latest attempt “was the hardest marathon I’ve ever undertaken”.
The former Blackpool, Watford and Leyton Orient footballer fought off leukaemia more than 20 years ago.
He added he was “determined to continue fundraising for Action for Kids”.