Editor’s response to Paul Sinton-Hewitt

Dear Paul,

As a parkrunner myself, I received your email yesterday, and I’m responding on behalf of Runner’s World.

Our article ‘Pulling a fast one’ in the November 2017 issue is about the motivations behind amateur running event cheats. It is not an attack on the ethos of parkrun. This was never our intention, and I hope this is clear to anyone who reads the piece.

Runner’s World fully and unwaveringly supports parkrun and applauds everyone who participates in it. This is why we awarded it an ‘Outstanding Contribution Award’ in 2015, recognised you as a ‘Hero of Running’ in 2009, and frequently champion the event. Nevertheless, I apologise for any upset the article caused you or the parkrun community.

We firmly believe that runners who choose to cheat are only cheating themselves. The aim of this feature was to try and understand the motivation behind this phenomenon and we believe that the article was a genuine attempt to do so. The writer’s feelings of shame after he cheated speak for themselves. The writer contacted parkrun prior to the article’s publication to explain what he had done and to suggest his time be annulled, in order to ensure full transparency. The piece also included a quote from a parkrun spokesperson.

Runner’s World loves running and we work tirelessly to promote, nurture and expand the sport. We would never undermine running participation or the world’s largest running event. parkrun deserves to be celebrated and we wish it many more years of success.

We would be grateful if you could share this response with the parkrun community, thus giving us the right of reply.

Yours sincerely,

Andy

Andy Dixon

Editor, Runner's World