A Scottish ultramarathoner who admitted to driving 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.
According to 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 exhibits she’d “run” a kind of miles in only one minute, 40 seconds.
Zakrzewski, a embellished 47-year-old runner, went on to put 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.
But when she determined to proceed working, 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 “massive error” on jet lag in an interview with the BBC.
“When I got to the checkpoint I told them I was pulling out and that I had been in the car, and they said ‘you will hate yourself if you stop,’” Zakrzewski informed the outlet.
(*12*) she stated. “I made sure I didn’t overtake the runner in front when I saw her as I didn’t want to interfere with her race.”
In addition to the 12-month ban on competing, Zakrzewski has been barred from teaching, officiating and managing over the identical time interval.