I wouldn't be too harsh on the "Not Quite a Marathon of the North" organisers if it was a genuine marshalling mistake - I've marshalled races for my club (albeit smaller and cheaper ones) and we have occasionally lost a few runners. I'm just slightly disappointed this year, compared to VERY ANGRY last year at Manchester (where baggage tent chaos combined with cold & wet weather left me and plenty of others dangerously close to hypothermia). I can't help feel that they were asking for trouble with such a complex and convoluted route, with three different races going on at once. But hey-ho, it's not the first marathon to get the distance wrong and it won't be the last. I just hope I'm not at the next one.
I've just emailed the organisers asking for them to publish a map of the intended route through sheepfold and the route we all allegedly followed. Perhaps a few other people would like to do likewise, if they are curious as I am.
I have just printed off the route-map from the (much nicer) new website and I see there is no 21st mile! I think this is an excellent idea, as I always struggle at that point. I am a bit alarmed by the route profile below, though - which mountain range are we running across?
I'd second that. 8:50am for 9am start. An extremely wide range of abilities and ages, very inclusive and encouraging for newbies, whether running, jogging or walking (or in one case, juggling - that's optional, though!). And a good way to meet people from the numerous clubs around Leeds.
Just bang "Parkrun Leeds" into google & get yourself along on Saturday.