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RE: Investigate RY's London Times

uh oh not good wrote:

[quote]uh oh not good wrote:
http://www.thepowerof10.info/athletes/profile.aspx?athleteid=687776
2014 marathon results
Mar 3:46:50 3:46:32 180 Halstead Halstead & Essex Marathon 11 May 14
Mar 3:50:06 3:50:03 524 Milton Keynes Milton Keynes Marathon 5 May 14
Mar 4:43:45 4:43:44 110 Cowes Isle of Wight Marathon 12 Oct 14
MarNAD 3:56:32 16 Orpington Orpington Mara*fun Marathon 17 May 14
MarDH 4:23:09 4:23:06 1317 Inverness Baxters Loch Ness Marathon (Inc Scottish Champs) 28 Sep 14
MarMT 3:11:59 3:11:57 12 Kingston Upon Thames Thames Meander Marathon 23 Aug 14
MarMT 4:34:06 58 Sydling St Nicholas Giants Head Marathon 28 Jun 14
MarMT 4:56:41 46 20 Bath Bath Marathon 27 Jul 14

dont know the courses. outlier is 3:11:59 at thames meander. otherwise all others are 3:46 to 4:56. his book and mapmyrun have 4:07, 3:28, 3:19 for first 3. BOLLOCKS. lied about the time or distance.


dont know why powerof10 has 3:11 for thames meander. website shows 3:56:25 clock, 3:56:23 chip.
http://www.swifttiming.co.uk/cgi-bin/list_race_result.php?meet_event_id=360001

marathon races in 2014 were all 3:46-4:56. book says 3:19 and 3:28 for 2 of his first 3 ever in back to back days. BOLLOCKS. lied about either the time or distance or both.[/quote]

Important data, especially about the Thames Meander Marathon. Look at it this way arranged by date and also notice his mediocre Parkrun 5K times did not improve miraculously from before he became a marathoner on April 14 for the rest of the year. The 5K times did gradually improve but with no extraordinary jumps.
http://www.thepowerof10.info/athletes/profile.aspx?athleteid=687776&viewby=dateasc
(Power10 data below is edited for the Thames Meander result based on the website. )

parkrun 22:24 2 1 Old Deer Park Old Deer Park parkrun # 158 4 Jan 14
parkrun 21:00 2 1 Old Deer Park Old Deer Park parkrun # 159 11 Jan 14
parkrun 21:06 4 Old Deer Park Old Deer Park parkrun # 160 18 Jan 14
parkrun 22:10 8 Old Deer Park Old Deer Park parkrun # 161 25 Jan 14
parkrun 21:34 8 1 Old Deer Park Old Deer Park parkrun # 162 1 Feb 14
parkrun 21:23 2 1 Old Deer Park Old Deer Park parkrun # 163 8 Feb 14
parkrun 21:23 3 1 Old Deer Park Old Deer Park parkrun # 164 15 Feb 14
parkrun 21:29 6 1 Old Deer Park Old Deer Park parkrun # 166 1 Mar 14
parkrun 22:35 69 Richmond Park Richmond Park parkrun # 340 19 Apr 14
parkrun 21:09 45 Richmond Park Richmond Park parkrun # 342 3 May 14
Mar 3:50:06 3:50:03 524 Milton Keynes Milton Keynes Marathon 5 May 14
parkrun 21:44 52 Richmond Park Richmond Park parkrun # 343 10 May 14
Mar 3:46:50 3:46:32 180 Halstead Halstead & Essex Marathon 11 May 14
MarNAD 3:56:32 16 Orpington Orpington Mara*fun Marathon 17 May 14
parkrun 20:38 28 Richmond Park Richmond Park parkrun # 348 14 Jun 14
MarMT 4:34:06 58 Sydling St Nicholas Giants Head Marathon 28 Jun 14
MarMT 4:56:41 46 20 Bath Bath Marathon 27 Jul 14
parkrun 20:01 18 Richmond Park Richmond Park parkrun # 355 2 Aug 14
MarMT 3:56:25* 3:56:23* 12 Kingston Upon Thames Thames Meander Marathon 23 Aug 14
MarDH 4:23:09 4:23:06 1317 Inverness Baxters Loch Ness Marathon (Inc Scottish Champs) 28 Sep 14
Mar 4:43:45 4:43:44 110 Cowes Isle of Wight Marathon 12 Oct 14
*based on race website results, not power10.

His 8 marathon races in 2014 indicate a range of 3:46 to 4:56 which makes the claims of initial 3:19 and 3:28 marathons highly unlikely if they were truly on a whim without any serious training. The 5K times, which gradually improved over the course of 2014, indicate he had the potential to run 3:20-3:30 for a marathon IF he had proper long-distance training (not just shorter 5K training) and was race-ready.

The problem is still that he claims to have run his 2 fastest marathon times in 2014 on a whim, without specific training, as part of 78 miles in 48 hours of time, and he never posted a marathon race time within 18 minutes of either for his actual 8 marathon races that year.

So comparing his book claims of the first three marathons to his own Facebook and mapmyrun data, he changed the order, starting times, and routes with literary license for his alleged first three marathons. (The net times for each still matched, except "3:28" for 3:27:53.)

Now based on his cumulative race results, the 3:19 and 3:28 are noticeable outliers to the 3:46-4:56 range he posted for 8 actual marathon races in 2014.

Looks like the legend of the first 3 marathons possibly grew in two stages.

Stage One: He exaggerated in April 2014 when he posted on mapmyrun and Facebook that he ran 3:19, 3:28, and 4:07 for 26.2 miles in two days time. He exaggerated either the distance or time or both. Maybe he ran 20 miles in 3:19, for example, or 26.2 miles in 4:19 but called it 3:19.

Stage Two: He changed the Facebook and mapmyrun data regarding the order, starting times, and routes when he and Dustin wrote the book that was published in April 2016. Thus, according to the book, he dramatically ran 4:07 on Monday AM, then 3:28 (faster!) nine hours later on Monday PM, and then 3:19 (even FASTER!) seven hours later on Tuesday AM. And then continued with 7 more "marathons" in the next 5 days. When he embellished the route description in the book, this inadvertently also calls into question the verification of these runs by Joanna and Eva since they could not possibly be positioned where he claims in the book.

Unfortunately, after the spectacle of his trans-America record attempt, it's difficult to take any of his claims at face value.

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