Woman wins marathon by mistake - so where do we stand on this, folks...

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03/10/2013 at 18:22



I can't make my mind up. On the one hand she wasn't an entrant, on the other she did amazingly well....

03/10/2013 at 18:44

We've done this one. http://www.runnersworld.co.uk/forum/events/is-this-allowed--/264511.html

I think we ended up deciding it wasn't fair, it was allowed because the race director's decision is final, and the race director was a dickhead.

03/10/2013 at 18:57

late to the party Petey old son?

03/10/2013 at 20:29

Nice post Mr Slowbie. Heard about that new band The Beatles?

03/10/2013 at 20:32

Ouch lol!


03/10/2013 at 21:53

I would probably let her have the time for Boston, but not let her 'win' count in the event.  That way she gets the qualification she wants (which doesn't make any difference to those in the race), but doesn't get a recognised win or any money- thus not putting the back up of those who entered 'properly'.

Man, I'm tired of being right all the time 

03/10/2013 at 22:46

Good story!   I presume they're certain she ran the full, correct course?  Anyway, I thought it was a central tennet of sport...  she should be disqualified.

Wasn't there some sort of similar case a few months ago?  Might not have been exactly the same scenario, but I'm sure there was something a bit like this.  Any ideas?


04/10/2013 at 07:48

 That's Mr Collins told Sussex!

04/10/2013 at 08:34

In defence of Peter, who would have thought a running related thread would find its way into Clubhouse.  Surely that is the story.

04/10/2013 at 09:42

Enter a race, you're in it. Qualified.

Not in a race. Not qualified. Run it, dis-qualified.

Doesn't matter that she ran the distance etc, there are pre-requisites to comply with. 

To extend the idea of giving the prize and victory to people in this manner, its but a short step to giving the prize to someone who would have won had they been there but was doing something else that day.

04/10/2013 at 09:53

I still dont get how someone can miraculously appear on the course having taking a 'wrong turn' that every other competitor managed not to do, and that everyone would just go 'OK, we'll take your word for it.'

At the end of the day I didnt get anywhere from the story that someone saw her take a wrong turn and can verify she actually ran the distance she claimed up to that point. 

04/10/2013 at 10:32

ah but she was wearing headfones.

Standard fare for people at the front of fields.


04/10/2013 at 10:33

Sorry to be late to this one, but some of us actually do that thing, work - heard of it? - and aren't on frigging forums every minute of every day.

04/10/2013 at 10:37

note to self ....... never make Peter angry when hes in a bad mood.


04/10/2013 at 10:40

I really do apologise. Next time I'll trawl minutely through the last 100 days of forum posts to make sure I don't repeat something. Good grief.

04/10/2013 at 10:51

This one is an outrage - someone should take the medal back off her



04/10/2013 at 10:57

" We had 120 paid staff managing our volunteer marshals"


120 PAID staff for a race .......... my god............ 

04/10/2013 at 11:05

That's another thing.   Next time I want to do a marathon, I'll just enter the half, but but take a wrong turn and run the full marathon.  Should save me twenty quid in entrance fees.

04/10/2013 at 11:11

RK - I recommend Robin Hood Marathon then, as the turn off point consisted of a bloke bellowing through a loud speaker.

Mr A - some dubious journalism in that article, including the fact that some of her family caught up with her later (yet the half marathon started 25 mins earlier). I think we have your next investigation lined up.

04/10/2013 at 11:25

Well one thing that doesnt add up are the times of the mum and dad.


Their chip times are almost identical, as you would expect ...... but the gun times are wildly out of place. As are the gun positions. 

In fact if you looked only at the gun time and chip time, you would swear one set off 13 minutes after the other and then stayed at that exact time all the way around the entire course, which clearly couldnt have happened.

Seems its not just the human element that the RH organisers need to sort out.


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