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Marathon runner 'took short cut'

Published 01/06/2010 | 15:16

The Mass Start gets under way during the 2009 Flora London Marathon, London.
The Mass Start gets under way during the 2009 Flora London Marathon, London.

A runner believed to have recorded the fastest ever London Marathon time for the over-65s took a 10-mile short cut, it has been revealed.

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Anthony Gaskell crossed the finishing line in a stunning three hours and five minutes during April's event.

The 69-year-old runner was set to receive a plaque for his achievement until question marks hung over his super-fast time.

The grandfather, from Wirral, Merseyside, was reported as saying he dropped out through injury and cut a chunk from the course.

"I have been called a cheat and disqualified from a race I never claimed to have won," he told the Daily Mail.

"I simply walked through a short cut to the end of the course where my belongings were waiting for me.

"I had no idea anyone thought I'd won.

"I didn't bother to check the website for the final standings because I knew I had dropped out."

Mr Gaskell was disqualified by the organisers and second-placed Colin Rathbone, 66, of Northwich, Cheshire was crowned the real OAPs' winner.

He finished the course just 38 seconds behind Mr Gaskell but completed all 26 miles and 385 yards of it.

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