Tuesday, 11 October 2011
When the going gets tough.....jump on a bus!
Not sure if it's been featured on National TV but the saga of the Sunderland Harrier in question has been unfolding throughout the day on Tyne Tees TV.
HEAD IN A SPIN AFTER 20 MILES?
The 7.55 a.m. news broadcast just reported that he had won the 10K race on Sunday, decided to race the marathon on Sunday as well, had initially been thought to have finished 3rd but had then been disqualified following comments from those just behind.
The 4th place runner said he had definitely NOT been past and only 2 had beaten him.
The lunchtime news stated that the runner was adament that he had run the whole race and could back up his claim with evidence from his garmin. Steve Cram, organiser, implied that evidence from chip timings suggested that he had covered the second half at world record pace.
Further reports were saying the accused runner had apologised to the organisers saying that he had boarded a bus at the 20 mile point, stayed on it for 5 miles then left it for the rest of the race going across the line in 3rd place as if in error.
His previous day's anger at being falsely accused had obviously subsided and the memory of boarding a bus, riding on it for 5 miles, getting off, hiding behind a tree and rejoining the race in 3rd place had returned. When it came back later. he remembered "making his mistake" of rejoining the race and has apologised for the confusion his mistake had caused.
He declined this evening to face the TV reporter leaving his tearful wife to speak for him.
What a great shame that his apparent action on the Sunday has overshadowed his win in the shorter race.
Doubtless he reached 20 miles in a state of fatigue, clearly made worse by the previous day's effort and decided to call it a day. But rather than face up to the fact that his back to back double race attempt was a mistake, his sense of judgement became a blur, undoubtedly effected by 20 miles of endeavour .
He remembered the glory and attention he had enjoyed the day before.......... and wanted more!
It worked.....for a while. He was featured on TV after the race saying how "absolutely, unbelieveably tough" the marathon had been.
Naturally his well respected club are embarrased by the action of their new member and it will be interesting to see whether any further action is taken by regional "authorities".