Race organisers of the Brighton half marathon have issued an apology after confirming that Sunday's race was over distance. They issued a statement yesterday confirming that 'due to human error the course was extended to a total distance of 13.42 miles' rather than the conventional distance of 13.1miles.
Suspicions were first aroused when several runners reported that their GPS training devices showed a distance of over 13.1 miles. After investigating they confirmed the mistake was due to a misplaced turn in the course between mile 4 and 5.
Race Director Becky Stevens said: "We take full responsibility for this human error and would like to issue our most sincere apologies to all the runners who experienced disappointment over this. We have taken all feedback into account, we will be implementing some new additional measures ready for the 2013 race to prevent this from happening again."
Action has been taken to amend the runners' times on the Brighton Half Marathon website, taking the extra distance into account. This will be live on www.brightonhalfmarathon.com at 4.00 pm today in the results section.
With the entry limit reached as early as November and celebrities Katie Price and DJ Norman Cook competing, anticipation and interest surrounding the Brighton half was at a premium. Matthew Dumigan from Swansea Harriers secured first position in 1:10:22, whilst Ian Leitch came second and Josh Guilmant completed the trio of top runners.
In the women's field, Fiona Powell of Brighton & Hove City AC won her third consecutive title at the event as she finished in 1:21:40. Julie Briggs came second (1:22:51), and Sarah Kingston of Fittleworth Flyers took third position.
Kat Williams, CEO of Brighton based charity and organisers of the race, The Sussex Beacon, commented: "What an amazing day with a great atmosphere and brilliant sunshine shining down on all our runners. This is a record year for the number of runners taking part and we are very proud of everyone who was involved with the race."
Despite the course distance error, the event was otherwise a great success with 7,427 runners completing the event under blue skies and sunshine.