A Scottish ultramarathoner who admitted to using in a automobile for a part of a 50-mile race in April has been banned from the game for 12 months by UK Athletics.
In line with a UK Athletics disciplinary panel listening to, Joasia Zakrzewski accepted a raise from a buddy for roughly two and a half miles through the 2023 GB Ultras Manchester to Liverpool race.
GPS information reveals she’d “run” a kind of miles in only one minute, 40 seconds.
Zakrzewski, a adorned 47-year-old runner, went on to position third within the occasion, and accepted a trophy for her efforts.
In June, Zakrzewski informed the panel she entered her buddy’s automobile after injuring herself on the course, and that she was contemplating dropping out of the race.
However when she determined to proceed operating, course marshals say, Zakrzewski failed to inform them she’d lined appreciable distance in a automobile.
Zakrzewski later apologized for taking the trophy, blaming the “large error” on jet lag in an interview with the BBC.
“Once I received to the checkpoint I informed them I used to be pulling out and that I had been within the automobile, they usually mentioned ‘you’ll hate your self if you happen to cease,’” Zakrzewski informed the outlet.
“I agreed to hold on in a non-competitive approach,” she mentioned. “I made positive I didn’t overtake the runner in entrance once I noticed her as I didn’t need to intervene along with her race.”
Along with the 12-month ban on competing, Zakrzewski has been barred from teaching, officiating and managing over the identical time interval.