Belfast marathon participants were forced to run an extra 0.3 miles after the lead car took a wrong turn.
Organisers of yesterday’s marathon have apologised after ‘human error’ led to 1,500ft being added to the official 26.2 miles.
And 18,000 runner’s times are being adjusted after the lead car diverted from the official route.
Organisers of yesterday’s marathon have apologised after ‘human error’ led to 1,500ft being added to the official 26.2 miles
Belfast marathon winner Joel Kositany crosses the line with a time of two hours 18 minutes
David Seaton, chairman of the Belfast Marathon Organising Committee, said: ‘On behalf of the organising committee, we would like to apologise to competitors of today’s race.
‘Approximately 460 additional metres were added to the officially measured course of 26.2 miles.
‘This was due to human error, with the lead car diverting from the official route.
‘I can assure all participants that protocols will be put in place to ensure this never happens again.
‘In the meantime, we are in the process of adjusting runners times to reflect the correct distance.
Some 18,000 runner’s times will be adjusted after the lead car diverted from the official route
‘Feedback on the new route has been overwhelmingly positive and we thank the thousands of spectators who lined the route to support 18,000 runners, walkers and wheelchair athletics.’
It comes after Kenyan runner Caroline Jepchirchir ran the fastest ever women’s time in Belfast.
She crossed the finishing line after 2:36:38 smashing the record in the city.
The course this year was changed to a faster and flatter route, organisers said.
The marathon starts at Stormont, parliament buildings, and works its way through the city