Race distance extended in error
Published 20/02/2012 | 18:09
The organisers of a half marathon have admitted that the course was longer than it should have been because of a human error.
The 7,427 people who took part in Sunday's Brighton Half Marathon, including former glamour model Katie Price and DJ Norman Cook, should have run 13.1 miles, a race spokeswoman said.
But following complaints from runners, organisers confirmed the course had been extended by mistake and the distance covered was actually 13.42 miles.
A spokeswoman said: "This has been investigated and is a human error due to a misplaced turnaround between mile four and five."
Action has been taken to amend the runners' times on the Brighton Half Marathon website, taking the extra distance into account, she added.
The Race Director said: "We take full responsibility for this human error and would like to issue our most sincere apologies to all the runners who experienced disappointment over this.
"We have taken all feedback into account; we will be implementing some new additional measures ready for the 2013 race to prevent this from happening again."
The Brighton Half Marathon, which is in its 22nd year, sold out in record time with all 10,500 places snapped up by November last year.
The adjusted running times are available at www.brightonhalfmarathon.com in the results section.