Isambard Kingdom Brunel (aka Rod Hebden) finally made the last 6 mile journey from Wootton Bassett to Swindon.
Despite leaving a key historical legacy which made Swindon the town it is today, there is no record of the Great Briton ever visiting the town. However he did visit the station at Wootton Bassett just a few miles away.
On Saturday 17 March Rod Hebden completed Brunel's journey by running the final few miles from Wootton Bassett to Swindon town centre, dressed in Brunel??s familiar top hat, formal frock coat and cigar all courtesy of Skywalkers, on Faringdon Road.
Rod, who is usually found working on the Science Museum Swindon??s Wroughton, donned the Brunel's kith to publicise his London Marathon run in April to raise money to help children born with Cystic Fibrosis.
"I'm not a runner," he said. "I entered the Swindon half-marathon in October and it nearly killed me. Now I'm getting up every day at 6.45am to run 9 miles into work. And I've had to knock the pie and chips on the head. I'm not sure which is harder."
The hard work will all be worthwhile for Rod if he succeeds in raising enough money for The Cystic Fibrosis Trust. Last summer, Rod lost a great friend to Cystic Fibrosis, and her life has inspired him to run the 26.2 miles help combat the disease.
"Before I met Kathy, I had no idea what Cystic Fibrosis was. In fact, it's the UK's most common life-threatening inherited disease. It affects both the lungs and digestion, and sufferers currently face a life expectancy of just 31 years. It affects over 7,500 people in the UK and, each week, five new babies are born with the disease."
However, medical research is extending lives and having a massive positive impact on sufferers' quality of life. Now, scientists believe that a cure may well be just around the corner. All that is needed is the money to continue the research.
Rod needs to raise ??2,000 for his place in the 2007 London Marathon, but his dream would be to raise ??5,000 and make an even bigger impact.
"Cystic Fibrosis affects so many young people in Swindon and across the UK," said Rod. "I'm really hoping that people will be generous enough to support the invaluable work the C F Trust do by sponsoring me via the website, or by sending cheques, made payable to the C F Trust, to me at the Science Museum Swindon."
Rod is also keen to find a local company to match-fund his donations to help him hit his target, and promises to publicise their support in the local media, on his sponsorship website, and even by having their company name embroidered on his training and race shirts.
"I'll probably just draw the line at tattooing. Every pound counts, and the support of the people of Swindon can make a big difference and mean the Cystic Fibrosis Trust can carry on helping children and young people like Kathy."
You can sponsor Rod by visiting his online fundraising page on www.justgiving.com/rodsmarathon.
You can pay by credit or debit card, and the money will go directly to The Cystic Fibrosis Trust. Where supporters are UK taxpayers, the charity will automatically receive 28% extra in Gift Aid, which makes Justgiving the most efficient way of sponsoring Rod. You can also sponsor by sending cheques made payable to the C F Trust to the Science Museum Swindon, Wroughton, SN4 9NS.