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Last Updated: Monday, 21 March, 2005, 14:09 GMT
Former priest given marathon ban
Cornelius Horan
Cornelius Horan is thought to have received the first sport-related Asbo
An ex-priest has been served with an anti-social behaviour order preventing him from attending the London Marathon.

Cornelius Horan, 57, from Nunhead, south-east London, ambushed the front-runner in the men's Olympic Marathon in Athens last year.

He tried to disrupt the London event last year and in 2003 he ran onto the track at the Silverstone Grand Prix.

Mr Horan said at a hearing at Camberwell magistrates he will not be attending this year's marathon.

The Asbo was granted to the Metropolitan Police and only applies to the day of the marathon.

I have taken the Bible to the world stage on two great sporting events
Cornelius Horan

Supt Peter Vincent said: "Given the scale of the operation, it is not possible to ensure that any individual bent on mischief can break through the crowds and we needed a measure that would prohibit Mr Horan from being anywhere near the event."

He said participants were entitled to enjoy the marathon without disruption from "individuals seeking self-publicity".

Mr Horan, who represented himself at the hearing, said: "I have taken the Bible to the world stage on two great sporting events.

"I won't need to do it a third time because the Gospel requires me to do it just twice.

"I am quite happy to declare that my public mission is over in that sense."

It is thought that this is the first time an Asbo has been served in connection with a sporting event.

In January Mr Horan was defrocked by the Archbishop of Southwark.

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