Connell Drummond claimed victory at Sunday’s Glen Moray Marathon despite running an extra four miles due to an error by the lead car. The Kilmarnock Harrier finished the race in 3:16:14 with Mary McCutcheon the fastest female (3:21:05) and second overall.
Connell spoke about the mishap which led to his increased mileage: “I was only about three miles into it and I could see the lead car was slowing down – I knew something wasn’t right. I was just jogging on the spot and he shouted out the marshal had sent him the wrong way and I better turn round, which was good advice I suppose.”
"I was annoyed at the time but these things happen. I just got my head down and battled back through.”
He later revealed that he was given the option of taking a shortcut at the last turn-off but "wanted to complete the correct route as a matter of principle".
Co-organiser Paul Rogan explained that a miscommunication between a marshal and the escort car led to a wrong turn at a T-junction near Mosstowie Primary School: “It looks like by the time they’ve realised the mistake about a dozen runners have gone the wrong way. It’s very frustrating. Everyone has taken it in good spirits though. It was human error, these things can happen.”
The event, which also features a half marathon and 10k, attracted almost 400 runners. Donnie MacDonald of Inverness Harriers was first across the finish line in the 10k in 33:30, with clubmate Sarah Liebnitz (38:16) winning the women’s race. Another Harrier, Gordon Lennox, added to the club’s success, securing first place in the men’s half marathon (73:08). Louise Cartmell of Moray Road Runners was the fastest female in 89:22.
For a full list of results, visit our race listings page.
Image courtesy Johnny Muir