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That is very sad news indeed, you just wonder why? If, as he maintained, all his times were legit, then just run another marathon with a pacer, ffs, would have silenced all his doubters. Even getting close to his times would be OK with me, any 70+ who could run 3hrs or thereabouts is still a fantastic runner.If his doubters were right, why did he do it and why not just keep denying it? At the end of the day he only cheated himself (alright perhaps the age cat wins would be upsetting to the guy who came 2nd, but its not life or death!)All very sad.
This is normally one of my favourite threads every year, and it's always good to see people "outed" for cheating. The naming and shaming is fair enough and totally deserved.
But this is another level, taken so far that it someone has lost their life over it. Really sad. Sad that someone went to these lengths to cheat and to deny / hide it, and sad that it came to this.
I think Derek from Marathon Investigation has been getting a mixture of criticism and support for years. He has been very successful in identifying and highlighting cheats, but there's also been a lot of criticism, and comments like "who cares? why does this matter to him? who put him in charge? there's no harm done, what's the problem, etc." He's maybe toned back his approach to reduce the grief he gets from people, and it has to be said, most race organisers don't really seem to care about cheating (how come Derek consistently identified issues which the race organisers could have found themselves?), so it's understandable to concentrate on the more high-profile cases (he was doing this on a voluntary basis, after all).
I agree that Derek probably will probably feel shit about this (but he shouldn't)- it's just so sad that it got to this point with this guy.