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Does this pacing look familiar?
Well, it is for charity isn't it?
It's hardly a great time, either.
If you're going to cheat you might as well give yourself a respectable time.
Pie the bastard!
I say we hunt him down ...
As someone who knows him from the local race scene, I can say that he does this at local 10ks too. Round here everybody knows thats what he does, and (mostly) turn a blind eye. However, at something like LM where he is depriving a determined runner of a place, I do think its unacceptable. Personally I think he only does it for the goody bag and jelly babies!
What can you do? As long as he is raising money. Same can be said for all those celebs who get a place at the expense of serious runners.
I think we should remember the F (now V) LM, is a massive fund raising event, one could say a fun run, just like the Great North Run. You don't go there to get PBs - you spend half your time dodging slower, untrained runners who optimistically place themselves in aspirational finish time zones - but you expect that. It is an experience.
There are plenty of nicer marathons and half marathons about where you can truly test yourself among some stunning scenery and they do not cost you an arm and a leg to enter!.
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What can you do? As long as he is raising money. Same can be said for all those celebs who get a place at the expense of serious runners. I think we should remember the F (now V) LM, is a massive fund raising event, one could say a fun run, just like the Great North Run.
Raising money under false pretences though.
People giving money to him think he is going to run the full course.
It will be damaging for all charity fun runners if it gets out how much he cheats.
Anyone trying to raise money through sponsorship will be doubted and people will think they don't really run the full course.
how predictable was this? surely anyone who misses out thjat many 5k markers should be officially disqualified? they can't be difficult to spot?
have to say i don't think he was the only one - i definitely passed people on the embankment who looked like they could not have run 20 miles even under any circumstances. saw one guy in full cowboy getup (although think he did have trainers rather than boots on) - lookng fresh as a daisy...
I'd have no problem giving money to someone who intended to do the distance but didn't. It's the people who don't even intend to do the distance who need a thorough pieing.
Gladrags, yes, I saw one bloke on the telly who ran a stupidly fast time (well sub-3) yet when he'd finished he looked like he hadn't even broken sweat. Skinny guy, black, yellow vest, didn't even have a proper number - his just said "Wanjiru" on the front. Cheating b***ard!