Posted: 01/06/2015 at 14:26
I know that there was a marshal at the (right) turning - I hadn't expected that turning (new this year) - with hind sight I should have checked about the slight changes to the course this year! I do recall seeing a cone, but there was no marshal and nothing clear to say turn around - I was just behind the 6th place runner at the time and, to be honest, I was following him.
As I said I spoke to the organiser - he was gutted about what happened and he was angry with the marshal company, who had let him down - he had asked for a marshal to be placed at the turnaround point. I would question why the marshal, who indicated to turn right, did not tell us to turnaround at the cone in X meters time - he surely knew that there was not a marshal there!? Also did he not put 2 and 2 together when runners were not coming back?? I think it is a case of a "non runner" marshal there just to earn an extra few quid
I'd also have to question the race referee - did he not do a tour of the course? If so I'd have expected him to have commented on the signage at this turnaround point.
I do know that the lad who finished 2nd did turn right and go around that cone, before joining the road back down, although I know he was "racing it" and was aware of that turning/turnaround addition to this years race.