Friday, March 31, 2017
2017 Brighton Half-Marathon found to be too short
The 2017 Brighton Half-Marathon was held last February and just over 8,000 people took part. The race website announced today that they had been contacted by UK Athletics to say that they had analysed GPS data and that the course was in fact 146 metres too short! It seems as if the course was short in 2016 as well.
In 2012, the very same race was found to be roughly 500m too long.
Many of these course measurement errors are being picked up now because so many people are running with GPS watches. Other events like the Manchester Marathon have also found to be measured incorrectly.
In a statement, the organisers said.......
“We can’t apologise enough for this mistake. I know it’s hugely disappointing to everyone who trained so hard. I also know that for some, the news will be devastating as it affects race times, personal bests and records. Our thoughts are very much with the runners. I’m so sorry that their remarkable achievements and the money raised for good causes may be overshadowed by this error.”
“We are a team of runners ourselves so we fully understand the impact of this news. We are really upset that this mistake has happened and we take full responsibility for this situation. We remain committed to making the 2018 Brighton Half Marathon a great event.”