MARATHON organisers were left red-faced after it emerged that the course for yesterday's event was over half a kilometre too long.

Grounded Events apologised on Twitter following news that the marathon route was 568 metres too long.

In a statement, they said: "We would like to apologise to our marathon participants that the course today has measured 568m too long.

"We are wholly disappointed that this has affected our runners and hope that it hasn't marred the experience, at what has been a fantastic comeback event after 18 months."

The news will be a disappointment to some runners, especially those in the men's race - where Neil McClements overtook Ollie Garrod in the final hundred metres to win the marathon.

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