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Marathon runner gets lifetime ban - for riding bike on course

Woman at event in China covered final 2.195 kilometres not far outside Paula Radcliffe's world record pace...

A competitor at a marathon in China has received a lifetime ban from taking part in the race in future after she was caught cycling part of the course.

Still pictures uploaded in a video to YouTube show the woman, sporting the number D2113 on her vest, riding what appears to be a dockless hire bike.

Officials at the Xuzhou International Marathon, which had 22,000 participants, reportedly told her repeatedly to dismount but she ignored them, reports the Independent.

It still took her 5 hours, 38 minutes and 36 seconds to complete the marathon, although she is said to have covered the final 2.195 kilometres in 7 minutes 10 seconds.

Had she maintained that pace for the preceding 40 kilometres, she would have been around 12 minutes off Paula Radcliffe’s women’s marathon world record of 2 hours 15 minutes 25 seconds, set in London in 2003.

She was disqualified from the race and banned from all future events hosted by the organisers, who said: “After an official found her and stopped her, the participant again rode [on the bike]. She violated the rules.”

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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