Good Things Happen To Those Who Don’t Cheat

Runners, I feel, are generally pretty honest people.  We tend to try and catch someone if they drop their iPod on course.  We pick up friends’ bibs and packets at expos.  Heck, we even offer another runner gel or gu while on course during a ridiculously hot race, even if the gel was being held in the sports bra!  However, Rob Sloan of England, might be one of the exceptions.  You see, Mr Sloan ran the Northumberland Marathon earlier this month.  He signed up to race legally and didn’t buy his bib on the ‘blacklist market.’  He even trained hard for it and picked up all of his own stuff (or so I’m assuming).  Come race day, he started with everyone else at the start when the gun (or bull horn or siren) went off.

However, at mile 20, people saw Mr Sloan jump off course.  He caught a bus and took it close to the finish line.  He then decided to hide behind some trees and wait for the rest of the runners to get to the finish.  Mr Sloan rejoined the pack and ran across the finish…in 3rd place.  This was a real shocker to Steven Crams, the real 3rd place finisher.  Us runners typically also know who pass us on course, and Mr Crams never remembered seeing Mr Sloan pass him the final 6.2 miles of the race. Needless to say, Mr Crams was surprised to see Mr. Sloan being interviewed for 3rd place (Crams is in the brown in the video, Rob is being interviewed)  I don’t know if was spur of the moment, if Mr Sloan got caught in the excitement or if he thought that he wouldn’t get caught.  However, Mr Sloan did get caught. And claimed that he didn’t cheat even though he was clocked running significantly faster than the first half of the race.  After handing back the 3rd place medal, which was properly given to Mr Crams, Mr Sloan was then kicked out of his running club…while continuing to say he never took the bus.

Moral of the story, good things come to those who don’t cheat. And, you’ll never become and Olympian over night or over the second half of a race so don’t try.

About drrunner
8 time marathoner, 65 ish time 1/2 marathoner with a bucket list item to hit all 50 states. BibRave Pro, Doctor and a mix of insanity

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