Kate Carter is Runner’s World’s UK acting commissioning editor. From RunnersWorld.com:
Kate is Runner’s World’s acting commissioning editor. She writes about all things running, from deep dives into the science to the latest gadget reviews. Kate has worked in media and journalism for too many years to count. Before joining RW, she was Life and Style editor at the Guardian and has also written for everyone from World Athletics to Lonely Planet. She also worked in TV for 10 years. Kate is also a qualified coach, sub three hour marathoner, Guiness World Record holder and has run all the Marathon Majors. She loves running around in 400m circles best, though.
The evidence of Kate’s alleged misdeeds was handed to me in meticulous detail. I purchased her photos and videos, and personally scrutinized GPS data, photos, and results.
2023 London Landmarks Half Marathon
The pace in the above table is inaccurate due to the missed split. I have put together the below table.
Kate did not have a time registered at the 15k mat, and her fastest split calculation correlates with the missed split. Kate has no photos during the section where she missed splits, and her pace was a swift 6:19 min/mile over this section, after running the previous section interval at a 7:50 minute per mile pace.
Manipulating her Bib
Kate’s bib was visible during the first part of the race.
Additionally, there are photos that show her watch face. The below photo shows her watch just beyond 10 kilometers. Her watch appears to read 49 minutes. This corresponds to her 10k split of 48:06. I also compared her 10k time with the male runner in the photo. Their gun times were just 2 seconds apart at the 10k timing mat. This shows that her watch and official split time appear to be relatively in sync and that the timing is accurate.
There are no photos between 10k and 20k. There are photos of Kate near the end of the race. In these videos, her bib is folded in half, partially obscuring her bib #.
While this could explain her not appearing in photos, the fact that the software did identify her in other photos with the obscured bib somewhat diminishes the possibility.
GPS – Strava
Kate originally posted a run on Strava. She noted that the run posted was not hers ‘Because her Garmin “died completely.”‘
Her photos contradict her statement. She is photographed multiple times in the final mile where her watch face is visible. She is photographed near Big Ben, at the Ferris Wheel, and near the finish with her watch face visible.
2023 London Marathon
Kate supposedly ran The London Marathon without her chip. So, she had no time and no official finish. However, given her role as a Journalist and Runner’s World Editor, there are some concerns regarding her claimed run that were brought to my attention.
London Strava Entry
Without going into excruciating detail, the GPS entry was almost assuredly created manually. It most certainly does not follow the London Marathon Course. It is speculated that she used GPX Studio to create the run.
Her entry is backwards. Her Strava showed that she started in London. Below is a map of the 2023 Course.
Additionally, her .GPX entry has roughly 500 datapoints, or approximately 1 data point every 24 seconds. By default, Garmin collects data points every second.
When digging into the map, there are many more examples that indicate that this map was manually created. The course follows (backwards) the 2019 course, not the 2023 course. As the emailer pointed out, she also takes several ‘sloppy detours’ that are easy to miss when manually creating a run. It is unclear if she ran all, or part of the course, and in what time.
As Kate herself wrote:
Running the London Marathon isn’t a right, it’s a privilege.
Why, if running The London Marathon is such a privilege, would you choose to run it untimed and furthermore, why would you fake the entry on Strava?
I will close with the words of the tipster as to why they feel all of this matters:
Kate is a trusted member of the running media community, and is regularly flown abroad by clothing brands for articles and publicity in her capacity as a journalist. On account of her photograph of Eliud Kipchoge at the start line, it appears she was also a VIP at the 2023 event. This degree of access and privilege in the running community, particularly around an event as coveted as the London Marathon, should come with a high degree of respect and integrity. If these anomalies are what they seem to be, Kate’s behaviour regarding her results is unethical and completely at odds with the tenets of journalism, and with running at every level.
I attempted to contact Kate through social media 4 days ago but have not received a response.
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