A runner accused of cheating in the London Marathon by jumping over a barrier to take a short cut has denied the claims against him.
Jason Scotland-Williams, 34, achieved a “miracle” time and finished the second half of the race just three minutes shy of the world record for a half-marathon, acing Olympic champion Mo Farah’s time and placing him in the top six per cent of athletes on the day.
He triumphantly crossed the finish line with a time of 3:08:47, putting Mr Scotland-Williams in a highly impressive 2,162nd place.
Online forums have been awash with speculation that the model from West London could have jumped over a barrier at the half-way point on Tower Bridge and re-joined the race in its latter stretches – slashing 10 miles off the route.
But Mr Scotland-Williams, who was running his sixth London marathon for deaf-blind charity Sense, last night said he had “done nothing wrong”.
"I’m a personal trainer. I train every day, seven days a week, for the past seven years. Nobody thinks maybe I just trained hard”.
The secret to his remarkable time? He claims he paced himself through the first half of the race and “let himself go” in a sprint to the finish.
He added: “All along the route are stewards and people watching. There’s no way you can cheat”.
A spokesman for the London Marathon said that race organisers were holding at investigation into Mr Scotland-Williams, who ran the race in a sense bib and a V for Vendetta mask.
And a representative from Sense charity said they would be “very disappointed” if the allegations against Mr Scotland-Williams were true.
The mystery echoes a controversy from four years ago, when it emerged that a runner thought to have recorded the fastest time for a pensioner in the London event had taken a 10 mile short cut.