Filed: Tuesday, 11th October 2011
By: Staff Writer
Former Hammer Paolo Di Canio has claimed to have run a 13-mile race by accident.
The current manager of Swindon Town - and still a firm favourite at the Boleyn - was due to complete the Swindon Fun Run on Sunday, a short trip that encompassed the first two miles of a fully-fledged half-marathon, after being appointed as the race starter.
However having completed his duties and finished the planned two-mile run, Di Canio claims that he was swept into the main crowd who were running the full race.
"There were three options," said the bemused Italian. "I thought I should start with the fun marathon but unfortunately we followed that [main] group and then we changed direction.
"I kept going and followed the first group who were doing the half-marathon. Unfortunately I ended up doing a full half-marathon plus 800 metres or so - so more than a half-marathon!
"To be honest, I wasn't ready but I never stopped running. At the end I was very happy because I finished without stopping, even for one second. I'm very happy, but it was very tough."
Di Canio, whose Swindon side are currently 13th in League Two is reported to have finished the event in one hour and 49 minutes - more than half-an-hour behind race winner Dave Roper.
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