Confusion about the route or cheating?
The real winner was my club mate. I supplied her gels around the course so saw how the race developed.
The supposed winner was overtaken at 8 miles and by 19 miles was falling quite some way behind. She then miraculously appeared at the finish 12 minutes quicker before the real winner without doing any overtaking and recorded approximate splits of 1:35/1:21. We all know that didnt happen.
There was nothing intentional about it I'm sure. When I spoke to her at the end she just seemed bemused by it all.
The original poster mentioned `relatively few marshals'. This was the case throughout the race, including dangerous road junctions. We had been promised that all roads would be traffic free which was not the case. The police we spoke to had no idea what was happening, neither did local residents.
I finished 4th in the race and there were 3 points where I would have gone wrong had I not reccied the course beforehand and known the city well.
I'm upset because I know I won and this marathon has just turned into a fiasco!
This joint winner thing cant be allowed to stand.
At the moment the rankings quite rightly show you as the V45 UK No.1 Hilly BUT they also show the 'supposed' winner as the Overall UK No.3.
The Race Referee, being fully aware of what happened, isn't going to let that stand.
Well I know one chap didnt run the correct course because he ran through the ice rink car park (a short route) while a marshall shrugged his shoulders.
As for not setting the course out correctly that would be worrying because it wont be a situation like Brighton (which was long) it will be a case of all result being marked as 'SHORT' but even then only if it gets re-measured. Invalidating ranking performances is going to create a lot of anger.......
Thanks Juggler. At the minute the short course is only a suspicion, not proven.
Ironically, as first man outside the top 3 and therefore getting the first V40 prize, I believe this will be a free entry to next years event! I think I was better off with the large vegetables we won at the Maiden Newton 10k.
The race was not for charity - many people did run for charity but it was organised by a company for profit. Apparently the company usually organises triathlons, and we know how approximate those measurements can be.
She didnt run with a Garmin.I think she thought I was one of the race officials when I was asking her a few factual questions at the end but she told me that she didnt wear a Garmin and there was nothing on her wrist.
She was confused by the situation she found herself in, which would be understandable if she didnt know the halfway time and had no reference points as to how she was going.
I think the situation grew because of pressure she came under from 'others' not to back down. 'Others' being people who had no knowledge of anything that had happened I might add.
Interestingly, she was actually wearing a watch, not a Garmin by the looks of it but a watch...which means that she will be aware of the halfway split and therefore will know deep down that she didnt run the second half in 1:21.
It really is now time for her to graciously accept what happened and let the organisers do whatever they can to make it up to her for the organisational failures.
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