Top Scottish ultramarathoner apologizes for using car during race, blames jet lag

Scottish ultramarathoner Joasia Zakrzewski has apologised for being disqualified from the GB Ultras Manchester to Liverpool race in northwest England on April 7 for using a car during the 80km race. Zakrzewski, who faces disciplinary action from UK Athletics, said she was suffering from jet lag and that her leg had become sore. She accepted a car ride to the next checkpoint, where she said marshals encouraged her to carry on in a non-competitive way. After finishing third, she received a medal and a wooden trophy and posed for pictures, behaviour which she now admits was “disappointing”. The Trail Running Association and UK Athletics have been informed of the matter. Zakrzewski, a doctor from Dumfries in Scotland, has represented Scotland and Britain in long-distance running events.

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