A transgender runner has apologised for competing in the London Marathon in the female category.
Glenique Frank, 54, crossed the line in Sunday’s 26.2-mile race in a time of 4 hours, 11 minutes and 28 seconds, which saw her finish 6,160th out of 20,123 female entrants.
Last month, Frank ran in the Tokyo Marathon in the male category as Glen Frank and did the same in the New York Marathon in November.
Since then, UK Athletics has announced that athletes who have gone through male puberty are excluded from competing in the female category.
But Frank was still allowed to compete in the female category in London as UK Athletics clarified that athletes who had already registered for an event in a category that is not their biological sex would remain eligible to compete.
Frank’s inclusion in the London Marathon’s female category was criticised by Olympian Mara Yamauchi, who described it as ‘wrong and unfair’.
In an interview with MailOnline, Frank, who has raised over £30,000 for charity, issued an apology for running in the female category but insisted she was not gaining an advantage.
‘How can they say that I’ve cheated, who have I cheated? I did it in four hours and 11 minutes,’ Frank said.
‘I’m going to apologise, I should have entered under the male category but I wasn’t taking any advantage over another female. I’ve just entered as a general public and I’m raising money for charity.
‘I apologise for entering under the female category because I haven’t had surgery yet.
‘I wasn’t intending to mislead the public, but I apologise for entering under the female category.
‘At the end of the day, I’m not winning the race or prize money so I haven’t cheated any other athletes out of their prize.
‘When Glen becomes Glenique and gets female genitalia she will enter as a female.
‘Until then I will not enter again [as a female] in competitive races where there is prize money involved.’
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