Streaker calls it a day after two decades

Sylvia Varnham O'Regan, ninemsn
1:45pm February 11, 2013
Mark Roberts at an American football game between the New York Giants and the Miami Dolphins at Wembley Stadium on October 28, 2007 in London, England. (Getty)
Mark Roberts at an American football game between the New York Giants and Miami Dolphins at Wembley Stadium on October 28, 2007 in London, England. (Getty)

A British man best known for streaking at 519 major events including the Olympics and the Super Bowl has called it quits after his kids "begged" him to stop.

Mark Roberts, 48, of Liverpool began streaking in 1993 when he saw a woman take a naked dash at a rugby Sevens game in Hong Kong and decided to give it a go, the Daily Mail reports

Since then the father-of-three he has streaked at hundreds of events including the Australian Open, Wimbledon and on British daytime TV show This Morning.

"There’s no major venue or event I haven’t done," he told the newspaper.

"But I’m nearly 49 now and my children have begged me to stop. It’s time. I’m not ready for my slippers just yet, but gravity’s against me."

In 20 years of naked runs he has spent 30 nights in holding cells, been fined more than $6000 and broken toes, ribs and a finger in altercations with security guards.

Mark Roberts at the World Swimming Championships in Barcelona in 2003. (Getty)
Mark Roberts at the World Swimming Championships in Barcelona in 2003. (Getty)

But a recent comment from his son, Mark, prompted Mr Roberts to call it a day.

"He said to me the other day, 'Dad, when are you going to stop, all my mates are watching you?'”

"I asked him, 'What do they say?' And he said, 'They all laugh their heads off.'"

Although failing to initially see the problem, Mr Roberts said the comment “really hit home with me."

The serial streaker is now planning to write a memoir called I Didn't Know An Inch Would Take Me This Far.

Source: Daily Mail

Author: Sylvia Varnham O'Regan, Approving editor: Matthew Henry

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