Marathon runner had some help

LONDON (AP) - October 13, 2011

Rob Sloan is admitting that he took the bus part of the way. He initially denied it, but eventually admitted hitching a ride on the spectator bus.

Organizers say the 31-year-old former army mechanic dropped out of the race at the 20-mile mark, boarded the bus, and emerged from a woodland area in the final stages to finish in third place.

The bus ride explains his final time of 2 hours and 51 minutes -- which is 21 minutes faster than he's ever run a marathon.

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