Comrades cheats exposed: How runners crook the system

General view during the 2nd Spar Women's Challenge at Pollok Beach on May 06, 2018 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.
General view during the 2nd Spar Women's Challenge at Pollok Beach on May 06, 2018 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.
Image: Reg Caldecott/Gallo Images

Unscrupulous athletes are faking their entry times into the Comrades Marathon and many are getting away with it‚ a Times Select investigation has revealed.

Days from now‚ thousands of runners will test their mettle by racing from Pietermaritzburg to Durban in the Comrades Marathon‚ the world’s largest and oldest ultra-marathon. All of them needed to run a standard 42.2km marathon in under five hours to qualify for the race.

But Times Select has learnt that some have entered false times to either get into the race or to improve their seeding‚ which gives them an effective earlier start time.

Three runners who spoke to Times Select on condition of anonymity admitted to either lying about their qualifying time or entering with unverified qualifying times. A fourth runner spoke about a cheating culture in his club.

-For more on this story‚ please visit Times Select.

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