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Runners ‘In Tears’ After Mistake Adds Miles to Race

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Hundreds of runners participating in a U.K. race ran two extra miles after a race marshal moved from position.

About 300 of the 1,200 runners unknowingly completed the extra miles during the Bournemouth Bay Run on Sunday, according to the BBC. The race was supposed to be about six miles, but many ran about eight because the marshall wasn’t there to alert runners where to turn.

“To have a race of that scale with only one marshal on a point is inexcusable,” a pregnant woman told the BBC. “We saw loads of people walking at the end, some were in tears, I felt so sorry for them.”

Race participants who believe they ran the two extra miles have been told to contact the race council for a “goodwill gesture.” The race raised funds for the British Heart Foundation.


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