So what did happen to Tommy the Clown...?

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19/03/2013 at 11:42

Has anyone seen him since he got outed to the FLM/VLM?

19/03/2013 at 11:44

He runs/walks at loads of the local races up this way.

19/03/2013 at 11:45

Who???

 

19/03/2013 at 11:47
Eggyh73 wrote (see)

He runs/walks at loads of the local races up this way.

 

He's still about then? Interesting. 

19/03/2013 at 11:48

Never heard of him.

 

19/03/2013 at 11:49

Guy that dresses up as a clown and runs/walks around the end of races with a bucket collecting money for charity. Think he got caught taking a Tube shortcut at London one year.

I doubt he actually does the course of half the races he enters.

19/03/2013 at 11:50

lol thats funny. Sneaking onto the tube in running gear would look suspect enough, but dressed as a clown? hardly inconspicuous

Edited: 19/03/2013 at 11:52
19/03/2013 at 11:51

I remember that Jimmy Saville used to enter marathons that he would only half finish.

 

(for lawyers reading this, the above statment in no way implicates someone who dresses up as a clown as wanting to indulge in a bit of kiddy fiddling)

 

19/03/2013 at 11:51

Clowns.

Sinister.

Would make me run much faster to know there was one behind me.

19/03/2013 at 11:51

if i was going to cheat in a marathon i'd try to be slightly less conspicuous

WiB
19/03/2013 at 11:57
the dude abides wrote (see)

if i was going to cheat in a marathon i'd try to be slightly less conspicuous


If I was going to cheat I would make sure I won!

Edited: 19/03/2013 at 11:58
WiB
19/03/2013 at 11:57

I never give money to people with buckets ...... how can you be sure that some of it doesnt find its way into a personal beer kitty.

 

19/03/2013 at 12:00
Marc.S wrote (see)

lol thats funny. Sneaking onto the tube in running gear would look suspect enough, but dressed as a clown? hardly inconspicuous

 

I think someone actually saw him going down the Greenwich foot tunnel. Funny thing is someone on here only worked it out because they couldn't work out how he'd passed him. He looked up his point by point chip times and all was revealed!

Cheerful Dave    pirate
19/03/2013 at 12:02
Eggyh73 wrote (see)

Guy that dresses up as a clown and runs/walks around the end of races with a bucket collecting money for charity. Think he got caught taking a Tube shortcut at London one year.


One year?  It happened every year - he'd start, finish but lots of the 5k splits would be missing from the results.  I don't think he was ever caught by the organisers, unless his non-appearance the last couple of years was down to being quietly banned.

 

19/03/2013 at 12:03

The organisers were tipped off CD. I suspect he was politely asked not to take part again.

Edited: 19/03/2013 at 12:04
19/03/2013 at 12:05

Speaking of 5k split results, I notice that on the Reading HM website for last year there are no 5k splits and they still havent published any yet for this years one ........ so that was a waste of time then!!!

 

19/03/2013 at 12:08

http://www.runnersworld.co.uk/forum/spring-marathon/is-this-man-a-fraud/122968.html

 

the original thread!

19/03/2013 at 12:09

I'd have been shocked if he'd ever completed it. I didn't know he'd done London more than once. He's not a runner. He's a guy with a clown suit and a bucket that uses events to collect cash.

l remember people laughing one year at the Clydebank 10km when Tommy came waddling down the finish straight with a decent amount of folk still out running. Clydebank is run in two loops. It was painfully obvious he did one loop and decided to call it a night. I'm pretty sure he's been spotted taking short-cuts at the Glasgow half marathon too.

19/03/2013 at 12:12

Top sleuthing Bear - although my first thought is, "Never mind Tommy the Clown, what the hell happened to most of those Forumites"? 

19/03/2013 at 12:12

I dont really get why you guys are so concerned he didnt run a full marathon, yet totally oblivious to the fact that if he cheated at that, and was 'collecting money for charity' .... what else was he cheating at???

My concern would be far more about where all that money went and that none of it was 'syphoned off' than the fact he cut a few corners in a marathon.

 

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