Brighton marathon runners furious after blunder made course 620 yards too long – and leader had victory snatched away
BRIGHTON marathon runners are fuming after a blunder made the course 620 yards too long – and the leader had his victory snatched away in consequence.
Red-faced officers confessed to the additional third-mile glitch on the marathon’s web site, saying: “We would like to sincerely apologise to participants.”
No one realised the botch-up till properly after the 7,500 marathon contributors had set off on what they thought was a 26.2 mile long route.
It was a blow for race leader Ollie Garrod, who was properly away from rivals after finishing the official marathon distance.
But then 200 metres earlier than the lengthened end line he was overtaken by Neil McClements – who was formally declared the winner.
McClements registered a time of two hours, 33 minutes and 44 seconds, whereas Garrod crossed the road in second place. Mark Innocenti was positioned third.
A ‘pissed off’ Garrod, 28, informed the Telegraph: “Basically a cone up near Rottingdean was put too far up the hill and we kind of all knew as we went round – I looked at my watch and thought ‘hang on, these mile-markers are suddenly half a mile out’ and wondered how that happened at such a short distance.”
The accountant mentioned that he had been having fun with a “huge lead” on the seventeenth mile of “about four minutes. I did lead the race through the marathon finish so if it was on distance [I would have won]…”
Garrod mentioned whereas he “understood the pressures that volunteers are under, it is frustrating when it is a race as big as Brighton, which is an established course and hasn’t changed really in the best part of ten years”.
The Brighton Argus reported: “Today’s race was more than half a kilometre longer than it should have been.”
We wish to sincerely apologise to our marathon contributors that the course on the day has measured 568m too long.
Brighton Marathon organisers
Organisers have been slammed on social media, with one man tweeting: “So if the course was 568 metres too long shouldn’t Ollie Garrod be handed the win?
“Yes various factors come into play however Ollie had sufficient of a lead with 600 metres to go to say he wouldn’t have been caught.
“I think the organisers need to recognise this and change the results.”
Adam Lewis tweeted: “The course was 500+ metres too long so Ollie actually won the Marathon & an extra 300 metres?”
In a really transient “weekend update” on the space error, organisers mentioned: “We wish to sincerely apologise to our marathon contributors that the course on the day has measured 568m too long.
“We are wholly disappointed that this has affected our runners and hope that it hasn’t marred the experience, at what has been a fantastic comeback after event after 18 months [sic].”
Sunday’s occasion kicked off from Preston Park, and ended beside Brighton Palace Pier.
So if the course was 568 metres too long shouldn’t Ollie Garrod be handed the win?
Some contributors hit out on social media about their skewed timings because of the error.
Katharine Edmonds tweeted: “So relieved to have completed my first (and last!) marathon. I’m sure the extra 568m was what did for my timing.”
‘Mr B’ mentioned: “Marathons are tough enough. This one did feel longer than most… technically I have now run an ultramarathon.”
‘Popkid71’ joked on Twitter: “To be fair they should make this apology after every marathon. 26.2 miles is just ridiculous.”
But there have been additionally loads of supporters, together with James who tweeted: “Brighton Marathon 2021 … you were brilliant as usual (apart from the extra 568 metres, but I don’t mind).
“The support on the course was immense, and having 100s of people yelling your name gives such as boost. See you again next year.”
‘YOU HAD ONE JOB’
Two years in the past the Sun Online reported on Belfast marathon organisers apologising to runners after “human error” resulted within the course being 503 yards too long.
The 2019 error was mocked on social media, with one man tweeting: “You had one f***ing job.”
Another particular person blasted on Twitter: “So the Belfast City Marathon was essentially half a mile longer than it should have been.
“The organisers should hang their heads in shame. The amount of training people put for months and that’s what they get. Joke. Shambles.”