Record-holding Runner’s World editor accused of falsifying London Marathon time

Record-holding Runner’s World editor accused of falsifying London Marathon time

A record-holding Runner’s World editor has been accused of falsifying her London Marathon time.

Kate Carter has been hit with a wave of controversy for posting misleading timings in her marathons.

Marathon runner Kate Carter has been accused of “misleading” her race timing recordsCredit: Unknown, clear with office photos
Ms Carter is in Gran Canaria to attend a Trail Summit with Brooks Running UKCredit: Strava

Carter, who holds the world record for being the fastest woman to run a marathon in a full bodysuit, is now under scrutiny for potentially faking her performance in last year’s event.

The 47-year-old Oxford graduate is a senior editor at the prestigious Runner’s World magazine.

Bombshell accusations have now surfaced accusing Carter of using a “fake map” on a running app to cheat her way through London Marathon.

American blogger Derek Murphy revealed key evidence showing discrepancies in Carter’s recorded times and her actual participation in the races.

He accused her of running without her number, which tracks runners and their official record times.

Although she didn’t get the chip, she posted her time on Strava.

The training app, a social network for athletes, records the timing of your activity for other users to see.

But Murphy claims Carter’s entries were inaccurate.

“Without going into excruciating detail, the GPS entry was almost certainly created manually,” he said.

“It certainly doesn’t follow the London Marathon route.

“The cycle follows the 2019 cycle, not the 2023 cycle.”

The controversy is now spreading to Carter’s other races, including the London Landmarks Half Marathon.

Records show it completed race With an impressive time of 1 hour, 32 minutes and 12 seconds.

However, Murphy raised questions about her participation in the 10km section of the race, as he claimed there was no evidence of her being there.

Now the sports enthusiast has slammed the editor for his “unethical” behaviour.

Murphy added: “Kate is a trusted member of the media community, and is regularly traveled abroad by clothing brands for articles and publicity in her capacity as a journalist.

“Because of the photo I took of Eliud Kipchoge at the start line, it appears she was also a VIP at the 2023 event.

“This degree of access and privilege in the running community, especially around a coveted event like the London Marathon, must come with a high degree of respect and integrity.

“If these anomalies are what they appear to be, then Kate’s behavior in relation to her findings is unethical and completely inconsistent with the principles of the law the pressAnd with running at every level.”

Organizers of the London Landmarks Half Marathon said all runners are expected to complete the course legally.

The event has raised more than £37.5 million for various charities since 2018.

A company spokesperson said: “London Landmarks Half Marathon is a not-for-profit event aimed at raising funds for Tommy’s and our many charitable partners.

“Our goal is to provide a fun, inclusive event that is open to anyone regardless of their running ability. Our runners range from competitive runners to fun runners and those who run for charity.

“Everyone participates for a personal reason, whether that be fundraising for a cause close to their hearts, a sense of personal accomplishment or the involvement of participating – and we expect any runner who crosses the finish line to have completed the full course and know they have done so legitimately.”

It now appears that the prominent editor has banned her social media accounts.

Ms Carter said she never sought an official race date because she was not at the peak of her fitness.

But she ran faster than expected and wanted to upload it to her Strava account.

“That’s when I made the mistake of trying to manually create a route based on my time,” she told The Telegraph. She said.

“Shortly after I realized this was stupid and removed it from my feed.

“I also feel it’s important to acknowledge that part of this was about my pride. Even in the world of amateur running there is pressure to maintain form and times.

He added: “My desire to see that I was doing well at a time when I was feeling weak and inferior led to a temporary lapse in judgement, which I deeply regret.”

In her speech at the London Landmarks Half Marathon, she admitted that she “very unfortunately and embarrassingly wet myself and therefore wanted to get off the course to try to sort out my problems”, which is “something that happens to a lot of runners”.

She added: “When I returned to the race, I probably did it at the wrong point on the track, although that was not my intention.

“I made some stupid mistakes in how I recorded my times in my personal Strava log” but “was in no way trying to deceive the organizers of either event about my times.”

London Marathon organizers have been contacted for comment.

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