BUS-RIDING runner Rob Sloan has revealed that he plans to take part in Sunderland’s Marathon of the North.
Mr Sloan, of Downhill, was found to have cheated his way to third place in the Kielder Marathon last month.
The Echo reported how witnesses said they saw him jump on a bus during the race, before getting off just a few miles before the finishing line.
Now Mr Sloan – who denies cheating – says he is planning to sign up for the Marathon of the North, which will be held in Sunderland on Sunday, May 6.
When asked if he would be taking part, the 32-year-old ex-Army mechanic said: “Most definitely. Running is all I ever do.”
The controversy surrounding Mr Sloan and the Kielder Marathon made headlines across the world, including the United States and Australia.
An investigation ruled that he had dishonestly finished in third place, with Steven Cairns, from Peebles, later awarded the bronze medal.
Mr Sloan’s running club Sunderland Harriers kicked him out following the incident, saying he had “brought shame and embarrassment to Sunderland Harriers.”
Sports body England Athletics has now asked for a report into Mr Sloan’s disqualification.
But the runner told the Echo he is keen to sign up to another running club after being thrown out of Sunderland Harriers.
“I don’t know who for as of yet, but it’s certainly in the offing,” he added.
Marathon of the North organiser and former world record athlete Steve Cram – also director of the Kielder Marathon – said Mr Sloan is currently entitled to enter the Sunderland event.
“The governing bodies have asked us to give them information, it’s up to them if they want to take further action.”
“There is no reason why he can’t, unless the authorities decide to stop him from entering.
“There was a big reaction because it was such a bizzare incident which hopefully was a one-off.
“A lot of people now know where Kielder is, put it that way.”
“You would be surprised how often people cheat, but they are caught out in the end.”
The second Sunderland City 10k race will also be held on May 6.
Routes for the two events are yet to be decided on.
Entries for both races are being accepted at www.marathonofthenorth.com and www.sunderlandcity10k.com