Marathon “Cheat” Expelled From His Running Club

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Oct. 19, 2011
  • Updated Oct. 19, 2011 at 10:06 AM UTC
Rob Sloan is no longer a member of the Sunderland Harriers running club. Photo: BBC

He allegedly took a bus to finish third.

Rob Sloan is no longer a member of the Sunderland Harriers running club. Photo: BBC

According to a report on BBC’s Web site, Britain’s version of Rosie Ruiz, Rob Sloan, was expelled from his running club, the Sunderland Harriers, yesterday.

The members of the club said that there is overwhelming evidence to support the claim that Sloan took a bus to finish third at the Klieder Marathon in Northern England earlier this month.

Sloan is adamant he did not cheat. Eyewitnesses claim they saw Sloan flag down a bus about 20 miles into the marathon. He was then allegedly seen hiding behind a tree near the finish line and popping out into view to finish third.

Sloan has since returned his award.

In a statement, the running club had this to say about their disgraced former member: “We have expelled forthwith Rob Sloan from membership of the club through his actions during the Kielder Marathon. The decision was made at an executive committee meeting, which Mr Sloan failed to turn up for after stating he would attend.”

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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