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Marathon runner hands back medal after taking shortcut

12 October 2011 Last updated at 14:00 BST

A marathon runner has been forced to hand back his medal, after witnesses spotted him catching the bus to the finishing line.

Rob Sloan was 20 miles into the Kielder Marathon in Northumberland when he apparently succumbed to temptation and hopped on a bus.

He then hid behind a tree until other competitors came into view and rejoined the run to claim third place.

Joe Wilson reports.