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Cardiff Half Marathon 2010 may have been too short

Organisers of Wales’ biggest road race have admitted that this year’s Cardiff Half Marathon race may have been too short.

Runners learned yesterday that they may not have run the full half marathon distance (Photo: David Lutwyche)

Participants using GPS watches to measure their runs found the run was only 12.9 miles long and not the regulation 13.1 required for a full half marathon race.

According to an email sent to runners yesterday it is believed a last minute change made for health and safety reasons may have shortened the official route.

A record 15,000 runners took part in the road race this year.

The email said: “We are currently investigating the impact of this on the route length and timings for runners.

“The change in the course had to be undertaken as an obstruction was identified on the official route that resulted in a decision being taken at the last minute to ensure the safety of all runners.

A record 15,000 competitors signed up for the eighth annual road race in Cardiff

“We will let you know the impact of that change when we have measured the redirected route fully.

“We are very sorry for this change, and do hope it did not impact on your enjoyment of the day.”

This was the first year in the races’s eight year history that it was granted championship status by Welsh Athletics.

The championship status meant that the first three Welsh men and women to cross the line who are registered with Welsh Athletics and eligible would qualify for Welsh Championship medals

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