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ATHLETICS: Organisers apologise after race route error
THE organisers of Sunday’s Head-ington 5 have pledged to learn lessons after the road race ended up being shorter than intended.
A marshalling error meant no athlete ran the full five-mile distance, with most completing around 4.4.
The front runners ended up running 4.6 miles after the lead cyclist took them down a cul-de-sac leading to a caravan park before they turned around and rejoined the field!
Headington Road Runners, who organised the race and raised funds for the Oxsrad Sports Centre, said in a statement: “We greatly regret this error and will learn from it.
“As stated by the race referee at the presentation we will give a full refund to anyone who feels this is appropriate.”
With its fast course, the race, which was reintroduced this year, still has the potential to be a success.
In the end, the early leaders retook their places at the front.
Stuart Nelson (Wellingborough) won in 24mins 13secs, ahead of Mark Ryall (Victoria Park Harriers) in 24.28 and Ian Harkness (Thames Hare & Hounds) with 24.49.
Alchester’s Jenny McBain was second lady home in 27.51 – seven seconds behind winner Melanie Wilkins (Belgrave Harriers). Headington’s Jess Bruce was third in 28.20.
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