The organisers of the Belfast marathon have offered their sincere apologies to its participants. That’s when they admitted the route was accidentally extended, the blunder happened yesterday, May 5th.
The mistake was blamed on a human error after the lead car diverted from the official route. As a result, competitors ran an extra 0.3 miles more than the official distance.
Chairman of the Belfast Marathon Organising Committee David Seaton said in a statement: “On behalf of the organising committee, we would like to apologise to competitors of today’s race.”
“Approximately 460 additional metres were added to the officially measured course of 26.2 miles.”
Massive congratulations to all our winners today!
🥇Joel Kositany 2.18.41
🥉Bernard Rotich 2.18.55
🥇Caroline Jepchirchir 2.36.38 “fastest ever finish by a woman in Belfast”
🥈Shewaye Wolde Meskel 2.37.34
🥉Vira Ovcharuk 2.38.59 pic.twitter.com/n9ZOq7cJuS
— BelfastCityMarathon (@marathonbcm) May 5, 2019
According to BN, Mr Seaton explained this was: “due to human error, with the lead car diverting from the official route. I can assure all participants that protocols will be put in place to ensure this never happens again.”
Mr Seaton concluded, “In the meantime, we are in the process of adjusting runners times to reflect the correct distance.”
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