As both of my faithful blog readers know, I'm rather obsessed with folks who cheat at races. In the past we've written about a marathon who created his own fake bib, one who snuck fins into an Ironman swim, one who cuts courses and makes up fictitious races, and many other underhanded folks. Each of these racers should be ashamed and embarrassed, but at least they showed some ingenuity and creativity to make up for their lack of morals and decency.
No such luck for Rob Sloan, who was initially credited with finishing third at this weekend's Kielder Marathon near Newcastle, England. It seems that Mr. Sloan hopped on a bus near mile 20 and took a ride to the finish. Though he initially referred to the race as "unbelieveably tough", he later admitted to cheating. The fact that his time was 21 minutes faster than his previous best, folks witnessed him getting on and off the bus, and the true third place finisher insisted that no one was between him and second place, Mr. Sloan is apparently both a cheater and bad at it.
Many thanks to our team of intrepid reporters, including Steven Beck and Scott Towle for bringing this one to my attention.