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London Marathon stands by transgender girl who competed in feminine class

Organizers of the TCS London Marathoner are voicing help for a transgender girl who grew to become the topic of controversy this week after competing within the race’s feminine class. Glenique Frank of Daventry, Northamptonshire, completed this yr’s marathon in 4:11:28 to put 6,171st amongst greater than 21,000 runners within the race’s feminine class. The 54-year-old runner grew to become a magnet for help in addition to criticism after she was briefly interviewed as a part of the BBC’s dwell protection of this yr’s marathon on April 23.

2023 London Marathon, Glenique Frank
Picture: Glenique Frank/Fb

Frank instructed the New York Publish earlier this week that she stopped to speak to a BBC reporter throughout the race “to unfold pleasure and happiness with the rainbow love.” The runner instructed the Publish that it wasn’t her intention to trick anybody by coming into the feminine class, and that she abides by the foundations of any race she enters.

She additionally instructed the Publish that, in gentle of the latest controversy, she was prepared at hand again her medal from this yr’s occasion. “If they need me to offer my medal again, I’ll say, ‘OK, fantastic. No downside,’” she stated.

Now, London Marathon occasion director Hugh Brasher is asserting organizers is not going to be asking for Frank’s medal again, and that the occasion stands behind Frank’s participation within the feminine class.

Brasher instructed the Publish that the London Marathon is “a novel celebration of inclusivity and humanity,” saying it’s “an occasion for everybody” and one which “champions inclusivity.”

Initially after the race, Frank expressed no regrets about coming into the feminine class. “I don’t need to apologize, as a result of I didn’t do something mistaken,” she instructed the Publish. She stated those that had voiced opposition to her competing within the girls’s class had been “offended as a result of they’re saying that certainly one of 14,000 girls behind me may have had my place. Actually? I did [the race in] 4 hours 11 minutes. There are many girls that beat me. … I get it … I’m not a lady, I don’t have a womb. … However I didn’t compete as an elite, so I didn’t steal any cash.”

However in a Fb publish on April 27—the day earlier than the London Marathon got here out in help of her inclusion within the feminine class—Frank provided an apology and claimed she’s going to now not participate in any future London Marathons.

TCS London Marathon
Picture: Kevin Morris

Frank instructed the Publish that the class choices contributors got for this yr’s marathon had been male, feminine and different, and that she had chosen ‘feminine’ “as a result of I see myself as feminine.” Frank commented it was “fairly unhappy” {that a} runner has to explain themselves as “different.”

In line with TCS London Marathon web site, there was no “different” choice on the registration for this yr’s occasion. Fairly, class choices listed on the poll included “male,” “feminine” and “non-binary.” London, like Boston, launched a non-binary class for the primary time this yr, drawing 118 runners to the sector (together with digital race contributors).

Final month, World Athletics introduced that any athlete who had been via male puberty wouldn’t be allowed to compete within the girls’s class as of March 31 of this yr. Though the elite races at this yr’s TCS London Marathon had been topic to the brand new World Athletics guidelines on transgender athletes, the mass occasion wherein Frank participated was not.

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