Marathon Runner Admits Catching Bus

October 12, 2011, 3:45 pmYahoo!7

A runner who came third in a marathon has admitted he caught a bus to complete the last 9.6km of the race.

Marathon Runner Admits Catching Bus
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UK runner Rob Sloan, initially claimed that training made him a "better runner" but was forced to confess that he completed Sunday's Kielder Marathon in Northumberland aboard the free spectator's bus.

The 31 year old flagged down a bus and was driven the last 9.6km to the race's closing stages.

Then he jumped off, hid behind a tree until other competitors came into view and rejoined the race, crossing the finishing line in two hours, 51 minutes and one second to secure third place.

According to reports, Sloan initially dismissed the allegations and insisted he had completed the race.

"I ran the whole race," he told the BBC, "I'm upset and angry that someone wants to cast these aspersions".

However he was spotted by a number of witnesses on the bus and the organisers decided to disqualify him after the event.

A statement from the organisers of the marathon said, "Last night we confirmed that the athlete who was disqualified on Sunday, after initially placing third, has admitted that he failed to complete the whole course. Rob Sloan of Sunderland Harriers had apparently made the decision to withdraw from the race at approximately 20 miles due to fatigue and after returning to the Leaplish Park area he decided to run the closing section of the course and crossed the finish line in third place".

Kevin Carr, the chairman of Sunderland Harriers, said, ‘It’s blatant cheating as far as I’m concerned and as a club we’re going to come down really hard on him.’

Sloan later apologised for the "confusion" he caused.

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  1. Lorna10:10am Saturday 15th October 2011 ESTReport Abuse

    Ha,ha,ha,ha funny,,, but goodness me what a cheat!

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  2. TsV02:51am Thursday 13th October 2011 ESTReport Abuse

    He's definitely a piece of garbage. Aka good for nothin piece of trash. Not sure how lowlifes like that can live with themselves.

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  3. big kahuna01:44am Thursday 13th October 2011 ESTReport Abuse

    what a loser

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  4. The Old Man01:36am Thursday 13th October 2011 ESTReport Abuse

    So much for having marshalls at checkpoints.

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  5. shawn12:46am Thursday 13th October 2011 ESTReport Abuse

    God made some people bigger stronger smarter, cheating is an advantage man gives himself

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  6. David11:50pm Wednesday 12th October 2011 ESTReport Abuse

    i might try that too he he

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  7. SincerePassions11:16pm Wednesday 12th October 2011 ESTReport Abuse

    He didn't cause confusion- he lied, he cheated and lied and got caught. That's not an apology to say sorry to cause confusion- it's an apology for an apology- just face it Rob Slain- you are a cheat and a liar.

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  8. Sniper10:51pm Wednesday 12th October 2011 ESTReport Abuse

    He's a typical Pom, they cheat; on their wives; in cricket; at the Rugby World Cup; and they've cheated many indigenous people out of their land. It's ingrained in their culture!

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  9. Graham10:43pm Wednesday 12th October 2011 ESTReport Abuse

    What?!? ...poms cheating?!? ...say it 'aint so.

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  10. Shaun10:16pm Wednesday 12th October 2011 ESTReport Abuse

    Gotta admit, thats true Aussie style! Welcome to the family!

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