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Irish Miles Paved With Bribe Attempts

Posted Mar 28 2012 2:17pm

Proximity does not equal connection, so Jedward fans can remain calm about this tale out of Ireland about the Great Limerick Run .

Director of the race, John Cleary, said each year up to 40 people approach him asking if he can access the online system of running times and change their result.

Mr Cleary said he has been offered money to change a person’s running time, but it has not been “a substantial sum”.

“We seem to have about 30 to 40 requests every year to change a person’s time, but obviously we’ve never done this.

…In most cases, he said people offer to “buy you a pint”, rather than offering cash.

“It is funny. Most of the people who come forward I wouldn’t know at all. For a lot of people it’s just a but tongue in cheek, and usually they just want to make their time a little bit faster. Though we had one man who rang up asking about his time, and he didn’t finish the race at all, which we found out after going through thousands of pictures,” he said.

There has been no report of Jedward interest in the Great Limerick Run, though if the boys want to try it, they had better register first :

Mr Cleary said the organising team and An Garda Siochana will also be clamping down on people who enter the race without paying to do so and wrongly pass the finishing line to claim a medal.

“We have never tried to stop it before, but this year we will be taking people off the road. This is an issue with every race and hundreds of people do it. Unfortunately we have to remove them from the race.

“The message we want to send out is that anyone trying to run without a number will be removed from the course. People say to themselves ‘I’ll run it, get a medal and not pay for it’, but other people then lose out on their medal at the finishing line. We have lots of photos of people crossing the finishing line with no race numbers,” he said.

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