Ness - another way of looking at this is that you overachieved - 2hr 3 secs for 13.5 miles is 1hr 56 and some change for 13.1 miles
I'm not trying to let the organisers off for getting it wrong, but don't let their mess-up detract from your achievements.....
Didn't race this one, but often read around different races in case I ever do them.
This doesn't sound good...short last year and long this year!
At least the one consolation of being too long is that the result actually counts, and you've actually run a half marathon at least. If it's short it's not a proper result.
Probably doesn't make anyone feel much better
Garmins often waiver a bit, but 1/2mile is too much for weaving/not taking the shortest course type answers
I wrote to Michael Sandford from the association of UK course measurers about the distance. He checked a few public GPS tracks of the route against his maps and said: "I am able to confirm that the course was over distance due the the turn at the East End of the course being not located in the position marked by the measurer."
He goes on to say:
"It is the reponsibilty of the race director to locate the turn at the position indicated in the measurement report. It is the responsibility of the race referee/ race adjudicator appointed by RunBritain to ensure that the race director is using the course as measured is used by race director. A number of measurers have asked RunBritain that race referees/ race adjudicators be reminded about these duties. A gross error like this ought to have been very easily picked up if the race referee/ race adjudicator had actually visited the East turn round and compared the location used with that described in the measurer's measurement report."
So there you have it: it's official.
Yes, otherwise it was a great race, on a truly glorious day, and the support was fantastic!
Many thanks to everyone involved with yesterday's Brighton Half Marathon - the volunteers and supporters along the course were fantastic and thank you also to the organisers for checking up on the distance following everyone's comments.
Even thought this was my first half, I thought something was a bit odd between miles 4 and 5 as it seemed such a long way and my GPS said 10.6kms at the 10km mark... I know they're not always 100% accurate, but didn't think it could be that far out.
Enough said about the distance now, it was a great day out, I really enjoyed it and I got a sub 2.5 hours (adjusted time) for my first half marathon
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