A MARATHON runner has been stripped of his medal after catching a bus to the finish line. Rob Sloan claimed third place in the Kielder Marathon after completing the 26.2 mile course in an impressive time of 2:51:00. But suspicions were raised by fellow runners bemused that they had not seen Sloan pass them during Sundays race. After initially denying any wrongdoing, Sloan admitted to hopping onto a bus at the 20-mile mark because he was feeling tired. He then re-emerged from a wooded area of the course and picked up the bronze medal. Witnesses reported seeing him hide behind a tree until the first and second placed runners went past, then rejoining the race behind them. The 31-year-old now faces dismissal from his club, Sunderland Harriers, and could be banned from taking part in future marathons. Steve Cram, the former world record holder and organiser of the race in Kielder Water, Northumberland, said: He was the only runner in the whole of the race who ran the second half quicker than the first half. TG