I've also got my doubts about the accuarcy of the course. I can not see anything about it being a certified measured course. Admitidly it was quite windy and twist turny in places which slowed times but times were slower for quite a few runners i spoke to. The mile markers from mile 6 were definately way out and where i normally pay little attention to garmin measurements of courses, I have a strong feeling the course was long. What do other runners think?
I've been following this with interest and there has obviously been a cock up with timing. I know that a couple of athletes in the top ten stopped there watches (a few secs) after crossing the finish line and had times that were quicker than their official gun time (by a few secs)!
We are only talking about a few secs (8secs probably) but the whole point of chip timing is get these things spot on. A mistake has obviously occured and rather than trying a cover up with a story that a late runner some how triggered 2,000 peoples chips to start 8secs before the race started, can it not be admitted that something went wrong!
The only explanation I can see is that the 'gun time' started before the gun actually fired.
I know that Dr Tim Grose from Power of 10 is looking into this. For the majority of the field 8secs is neither here nor there but for the top guys, 8secs does matter.
Whilst understanding the reasons for the cancelation, I was disapointed by the email I received yesterday. With regard to not getting a refund. I think it is fair to say, people pay an entry fee to do an organised race not because they want to make a donation to a charity. If I want to support a charity, I do so directly. If the organisers are in a position to give some of that (after expenses) to charity then fine. However, if you do not get to do the race, one should get their money back(or at least some of it). It is not up to the organsiers to make that donation on your behalf if you're getting nothing in return.