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Caroline is smiles better with record run despite race blunder

 

Home first: Kenyans Caroline Jepchirchir
Home first: Kenyans Caroline Jepchirchir

By Brian Hill

Belfast Marathon organisers have apologised for a blunder that ironically enhanced the achievement of womens race winner Caroline Jepchirchir, who posted a new female record time for the event.

After the Kenyan crossed the finish line in the first Sunday running of the city marathon, it emerged that she had run an additional 460 metres over the official 26.2 miles distance.

This was reportedly due to misplaced cones around the three mile stage at Ballyhackamore in east Belfast, causing the lead car to briefly divert from the official route. Organising committee chair David Seaton apologised for the "human error", adding: "We are in the process of adjusting runners' times to reflect the correct distance."

Jepchirchir came home in 2 hrs 36 mins 39 secs. With the distance blunder and new course in operation, she is estimated to to have run 55 seconds faster than any other woman in a Belfast marathon.

Fellow Kenyan Joel Kositany took the overall race honours in 2.18.41, while Jarlath McKenna was the top NI finisher in 2.27.57.

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