The real Mr I


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London Marathon Cheat?

Posted: Yesterday at 22:50

Its a bit bizarre he did back to back London marathons in 2005/2006 and then nothing till this year. I cant even see any other races hes done to act as some kind of benchmark (not that you need to be Einstein to work out a 70+ gentleman is unlikely to run a sub 1.15 half marathon especially after having just run a half marathon as a warm up.

London Marathon Cheat?

Posted: Yesterday at 20:34
Dan A wrote (see)

 

Google his name and New York Times. Takes 15 mins to read the full story but very entertaining. 


well I only had to scan through the link to go wow. I mean this guy really went to town didnt he? I'll read it all properly in a bit.

London Marathon Cheat?

Posted: Yesterday at 20:33

wow, what a story, he really does make the others look like small fry lol.

London Marathon Cheat?

Posted: Yesterday at 20:24
Victor Quinn wrote (see)

@The real Mr I: I'd scrape away, but I just discovered the Kip Litton saga. 

Kip Litton? Dont tell me there is another runner who did something that makes all of this look like small fry?

 

London Marathon Cheat?

Posted: Yesterday at 20:17

What I dont understand is Franks time. He's a member of a running club. Hes over 70 years old. Judging by his first half splits (5k,10k etc) he was shuffling along as you would expect - so how did he think he could just claim to have run a 4.30 marathon when he clearly doesnt run at a pace anywhere near that??? 

I just dont understand why if for whatever reason he wanted to cut corners, he didnt at least sit in a McDonalds for another hour then join back in to at least give a reasonable reflection of what he would have realistically run.

London Marathon Cheat?

Posted: Yesterday at 20:12

lol, screen scraping. Its where you run a script that fetches the content of a website which you can then manipulate to extract the data you want.

So in this particular example, I would write a script that would get ALL of the results from London 2014. I could then extract out say the half way times and the final times then do a comparison so if there was X% difference between the two to flag them up. This would then give me a list of 'suspicious' times on a plate rather than manually looking at each one.

You then only have to manually sift through say 100 suspicious times (as some may be legit, they may have run a particularly slow first half for whatever reason) rather than 50,000 or however many people ran.

 

We all knows it happens

Posted: Yesterday at 19:59
RicF wrote (see)

 

Actually at the start of an edition of the Gosport HM, the starter told unrealistic runners to get back to their estimated finishing time pens since when the 'gun goes, you will be knocked about by faster runners, you won't like it, and it'll be all your own fault. So be warned'.

Don't muck about mate, tell em straight.

He was probably a Kiwi or an Australian ...... or a Scotsman.

London Marathon Cheat?

Posted: Yesterday at 19:56

I was screen scraping with Perl almost 20 years ago Victor (uni was useful for something) 

But thats not the point. I shouldnt have to write a program to screen scrape, the organisers should be querying their database directly.

 

London Marathon Cheat?

Posted: Yesterday at 19:36
Screamapillar wrote (see)
The real Mr I wrote (see)

How come I can find all these people within minutes yet the organisers seem to struggle. They claim they find them, but then how come people like Jason get multiple attempts. I reckon they dont look at all, and just rely on people dobbing them in.

As I said earlier. I don't think they look unless they're asked to look.

But seriously it would be a couple of SQL queries against the database, and they would get 90% of offenders in less than 10 seconds. Its just bizarre. Its not some complex programming, its just bog standard. I dont know, it just seems an obvious solution. I wonder how much of it is they just dont 'want' to know.

London Marathon Cheat?

Posted: Yesterday at 19:30

How come I can find all these people within minutes yet the organisers seem to struggle. They claim they find them, but then how come people like Jason get multiple attempts. I reckon they dont look at all, and just rely on people dobbing them in.

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