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runnerrachel
RE: Robert Young, DISAPPOINTER OF THE CHILDREN
I sent this earlier today:

"Hi Jaimie,

I know you have already been sent many emails about the doubts many in the online running community have about the veracity of Robert Young’s recent attempt to break the record for the transcontinental run across the USA. I believe you have stated you are waiting for independent experts to analyse the data and report back to you sometime next week.

I just wanted to draw your attention to 2 things that really concern me when I have looked at the running data Rob has uploaded in the past 24 hours to Strava. Firstly, many activities that were initially uploaded have now been deleted. An example of this can be found near the bottom of the long list of Strava links he posted to his Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/marathonmanuk/posts/1033220390095552

The data supplied on Strava do not come close to covering the entire distance Rob claims to have run. There are huge gaps, so how can the data possibly be used to confirm or deny his cheating when there is so much missing?

Secondly, there are at least 2 segments that I have personally seen on Strava that are physically impossible. The most implausible of these takes place on May 20, when Rob had already been running up to 70 miles per day for many days. The link to Strava is here: https://www.strava.com/activities/618190605

It seems that Rob ran this entire segment at an impossibly fast pace – around 6:26 min/mile or 4:00 min/km – while simultaneously climbing many thousands of feet. Miles 15-20 climb 1500ft while maintaining a pace that averages the same impressive 6:30 min/mile. As a stand-alone run this would be amazing; in the midst of a transcontinental run with many days of extremely high mileage already in the books, it is simply impossible.

Unfortunately the data do not support his claim of running the whole way, and this is obvious even to laypersons such as myself (although I am an experienced marathoner (I have run Boston 3 times in the Elite Women’s field) and am also a doctor with a good grasp of physiology). I think that even without the analysis of your experts, the data already to hand is conclusive. Even though there is much missing that is essential to prove he was actually running rather than riding in the RV, such as cadence or HR data.

I call upon you as CEO of SKINS – a company I am sure you would want associated with clean competition rather than cheating – to cease your support of Robert Young and remove your brand from association with his MarathonManUK moniker.

I look forward to your reply on this matter.

Many thanks"

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