A MEMBER of the Gardai’s Anti-Corruption Unit who was accused of cheating at the Dublin marathon has been cleared of any wrongdoing.
The Irish Sun can reveal an internal disciplinary hearing by Garda bosses found that he had not cheated during the marathon.
The investigation was launched after it was claimed he had completed a portion of the race by using the Luas on October 29.
The probe – which concluded last month – accepted his claim that he had only intended to complete a half marathon and found he did not “bring the force into disrepute when he completed the marathon at Merrion Square”.
As part of his case, the officer produced medical reports, including receipts from a physio, to show he had been injured in the weeks before the marathon.
He had also told friends, colleagues and relatives that he would only complete half of the marathon as he had already signed up to it.
Once he had completed the half marathon, he took the Luas from St James’ Hospital into the Jervis Shopping Centre.
He then walked to the finishing line at Merrion Square to collect his belongings.
The disciplinary team accepted the only way he could collect his bag was to walk on the race track.
As he had completed the race, he received a bag from race organisers which included the medal and t-shirt. He later returned the bag and medal as he had not completed the full race.
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The experienced investigator also apologised to race organisers.
We can also reveal that the runner, who was off duty at the time, is not banned from any future races.
One source said: “The internal inquiry has concluded that there was no breach of discipline or case of bringing the force into disrepute.
“The officer is an accomplished runner and his version of events was completely true.
“He was injured in the weeks leading up to the race and had never intended to complete the full marathon.”