30 Jan

Great Scottish Run Course Short - Hawkins Record Invalidated

Callum Hawkins win the 2016 Great Scottish Run

The course of the 2016 Great Scottish Run Half Marathon has been found to be 149.7 metres short after race organisers Great Run carried out an early morning re-measurement of the route. This invalidates the Scottish Half Marathon record that was previously believed to have been set by Callum Hawkins and the personal best times that were recorded by a number of runners on the day.

Race organisers Great Run have stated: "The miscalculation of the distance was down to human error and caused by two factors.
 
"A small section of the prescribed route was not followed correctly in Bellahouston Park which accounted for approximately 50 metres of the shortfall. The remainder of the shortfall was as a result of the difference between measuring on closed roads compared to a measure on unclosed roads - which was the methodology used in August as a result of notification of essential utilities works affecting the course.
 
"Naturally we are extremely disappointed that these errors have been made and we have apologised to Callum, who fully deserved his place in the record books after his fine run. We have also apologised to Betsy Saina, the winner of the women’s elite race."

Andy Mitchelmore, race director of the Great Scottish Run, added: “Great Run take responsibility for the miscalculation and we apologise unreservedly to the runners and to the City of Glasgow. This was an isolated incident. In the 30 years since the company was formed, more than four million people have participated in hundreds of our running events and the distances, which are measured by qualified independent parties, have been correct.”

The organisers have also said that they have introduced several extra check steps to ensure that this will not be repeated.