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RE: Robert Young fakes run across America

not the full shilling? wrote:

What I'm starting to pick up on from this is that Rob may actually not be the ful shilling which is a British term for saying that someone is a little mentally retarded. In fact, what we could be looking at is someone with severe mental issues who needs help and support in a number of different ways.

If his background story is indeed true then it is little wonder plus who knows what he experienced in the army which has a track record of causing mental issues.

I am starting to think that the number one priority right now is Rob's physical safety in terms of sun stroke as well as exhaustion. Once the 'run' is over, regardless of the outcome, I feel that Rob will then require mental support to help get him over this.

However, like all support, it will only work if he looks in the mirror and truly acknowledges his delusions and puts them right. I think we would all have a lot of support and respect if he put his hands up and said this and then went on to achieve a number of genuine running results. He is still very young for ultras so who knows what he could go on to achieve. Plus, now he is very well know and people like Laz I'm sure would only be too happy to help him down the line if he steps up and takes responsibility for this fraudulent attempt as well as his past ones.

I really hope when this is over that Rob can emerge in a better place and comes out healthier both mentally & physically.


This is one the most important posts in the thread. If he really is mentally retarded (or whatever PC diagnosis you have) that would explain a lot. For example his erratic pacing or his uploading of photos of pro cyclists, etc. I've met ruthless swindlers who are extremely likable guys but Robert doesn't fit into that category. All his cheating/lying is so obvious.

I'm a bit torn after that post. Frankly I wouldn't mind see a notorious cheater and fraudster run himself to death. But if he's really not "full shilling" (love those Brits!) he needs help.

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