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article imageMarathon runner took the bus to third place

By Katerina Nikolas     Oct 12, 2011 in Sports
A runner who took the bronze in this weekend's Northumberland Salomon Kielder Marathon has been disqualified for hopping on a bus to cheat his way to the finish line.
Cheating marathon runner Rob Sloan has been criticized for bringing the good name of the Salomon Kielder Marathon in Northumberland, England, into disrepute. The 26.2 mile course which encircles Kielder Water is considered Britain’s most beautiful marathon but Sloan preferred to take in some of the magnificent view from a bus.
Ex-army mechanic Sloan, 31, from Downhill, Sunderland, placed third in the marathon and enjoyed his moment of glory on the podium as he picked up the bronze medal. He described the run, which he was recorded as completing in 2:51:00, as “absolutely, unbelievably tough.” However suspicions were raised as other runners didn’t recall Sloan passing them by. According to the Telegraph witnesses reported they saw him hiding behind a tree until the two lead runners had passed him at the finish line.
As his actual run was brought into question Sloan took offence, telling the BBC "I'm upset and angry that someone wants to cast these aspersions. It's laughable is what it is, where they've come from I don't know.” However he later admitted that he had indeed taken the bus for part of the route as he had become fatigued after the first 20 miles.
Rightful third place winner Steven Cairns of Peebles, Scotland, has now been awarded the bronze medal which should have been his all along. He vented his frustration by writing on Facebook, “I was third the whole way but somehow I crossed the line and was given fourth! He has stolen my glory and my moment on the podium.”
“I started to doubt myself as he was adamant he had gone past me. I could understand him taking the goody bag and the t-shirt but to do the press interview claiming he was third…” Former world record holder and director of Kielder Marathon, Steve Cram, said Sloan “was the only runner in the whole of the race who ran the second half quicker than the first half.”
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