No they came out of the blue two days ago. This was the text of both:
We want to keep you updated with developments regarding the Greater Manchester Marathon course in 2013, 2014 and 2015.
Firstly, we would like to thank those of you who have taken the time to get in touch with us. We want to let you know how sorry we are to hear of the impact that it has had.
The Association of UK Course Measurers (AUKCM) is the UK’s official course measurer. We remain very upset about the situation and are currently in discussions with the AUKCM. We will let you know as soon as we have any further information. When a course is measured and certified, that certificate is valid for 10 years as long as the course remains the same. The short distance was only highlighted after the 2015 race which is why there are 3 races affected by this error. Unfortunately, in the last 24 hours, it has transpired that there are many other races affected by this error across the North West.
Going forward, we appreciate that many of you have explained to us that you are less concerned about who might be responsible and more interested in the implications you may personally have as a result of running a short marathon. You have asked us how we intend to go about rectifying these. Here is what we are doing now:
• We are working to see if the results from the Greater Manchester Marathons for 2013, 2014 and 2015 can still be included in records such as the Power of 10;
• We are working with other event organisers to see if your results from the 2015 event can qualify you for these respective events;
• We are aware that Virgin Money London Marathon has accepted GFA results with time added from 2015 for qualification for the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon
We have worked with our race result service providers to provide you with an updated time for the event. We have used the short distance and your pace in the last 6 miles to calculate your full distance time.
Your original 2013 time was 04:20:33
Your adjusted 2013 time is 04:26:52
We cannot put into words how upsetting this situation has been for our whole team. It was never our intention for the event to be affected as it has been.
Once we have further news we will communicate this via our website and social media. We thank you for your continued co-operation and patience.
I've had a couple of emails now from the organisers apologising again for the error and giving me an adjusted time.
The one for 2014 looks about right, but for 2013 my time has gone up by over 6 minutes (for a 4h20 time). They say it's based on pace for the last six miles, but I did that in about 57 miinutes so this looks wrong to me.
Either the course was very much shorter than the 380 metres they mentioned, or they've managed to mess this email up as well.
Hmm so it seems the only official measurement was done in 2013 and the same course used in 2014 and 2015. So people must have had doubts in 2013 but the organisers never bothered to check until 2016? We're not talking 50 yards here either it's nearly 1/4 of a mile!
The measuring equipment used in 2013 was surely not disposable either, so what other races was it used for? Are most 2013 races now suspect?
I thought I'd done 4 marathons, now it seems I've only done 2. I was affected by the baggage fiasco in 2012 and in 2016 as well. The distance issue didn't change the finish location so don't make excuses for them. They really need to explain what went on.