Over 250 runners caught cheating by taking shortcut in Shenzhen half-marathon

MORE than 250 people face being banned from running after they were caught cheating during a half-marathon.

Some took a shortcut through bushes and trees, others wore fake bibs and three even ran on behalf of others.

 Traffic camera footage caught the runners making their way through trees

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Traffic camera footage caught the runners making their way through trees

In total, some 258 people cheated in the Shenzhen half-marathon in China.

The 18 found to be wearing fake bibs and the three imposters face lifetime bans from the event.

Some 237 others – whose deceitfulness was filmed from above by traffic cameras – could be banned for two years.

Amazing footage showed participants running through trees and bushes that separated two parts of the course.

 The half-marathon participants highlighted in the red ring cut through the bushes to get from the road on the left to the one on the right

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The half-marathon participants highlighted in the red ring cut through the bushes to get from the road on the left to the one on the right

And one traffic camera caught competitors turning round at least half a mile before they were supposed to make a U-turn in the 13-mile race.

Chinese news agency Xinhau quoted race organisers as saying: "We deeply regret the violations that occurred during the event.

"Marathon running is not simply exercise, it is a metaphor for life, and every runner is responsible for him or herself."
Xinhau said the actions were "deeply shameful" and some social media users slammed the cheats.

One wrote: "What is wrong with people nowadays – cannot do anything honestly. Does everything have to be about cheating?"

Another said: "Half/full Marathon is competing with yourself. Cheaters are cheating themselves."

Shenzhen is located near Hong Kong.

Runners had to provide valid credentials, such as ID, residence permits, passports or military ID before taking part.

Some marathons in China have reportedly started using facial recognition technology to track runners.

MORE than 250 people face being banned from running after they were caught cheating during a half-marathon.