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Six marathons that have messed athletes with Short / long courses

The 2017 Venice Marathon was won by Eyob Faniel who wrote history as the first Italian National to win the race in its 22 years history.

Faniel won this race after the race’s frontrunners were led astray from the course by a motorcycle guide.

Favorites Abdulahl Dawud, Gilbert Kipleting Chumba, Kipkemei Mutai and David Kiprono Metto were among the leading group 25km (16 miles) into the race when the motorcycle guiding the runners took a wrong turn. The six leaders covered several hundred metres before being made aware of the error and turning back. They lost about two minutes.

The 25-year-old Faniel finished the race in 2:12.16, beating Mohammed Mussa by nearly two minutes. Tariq Bamaarouf was third, just ahead of Chumba.

Here is a look at some of the others where runners have done an incorrect distance.

2. Brighton Marathon 2021

The race course was 568 metres longer than planned

3. Milwaukee, 2017

In 2017 the Milwauke Marathon was eight-tenths of a mile too short.

4. Manchester, 2013, 2014 and 2015

The supposed marathon was 380m too short for three consecutive years.

5. Belfast 2019

Organisers were forced to apologize after 18,000 runners went the wrong way, Meaning they did not technically finish the race.

6. Sunderland, 2013

Thousands were pointed to an inaccurate route by marshals, leaving them 264 metres of completing the distance.

Tanui smashes the Derry Marathon course record

Kenya’s Dan Tanui smashed his own course record when he defended his title at the 6th edition of the Walled City Marathon commonly known as Derry Marathon that was held on Sunday (3) in London.

Tanui who won the 2017 edition with 2:22.40 battled with another country mate Erick Koech who is the winner of last month’s Belfast Marathon and was also the 2016 Derry Marathon winner.

The Kenyan kept held his head high and managed to cut almost six minutes from his previous time to cut the time in new course record of 2:19.44.

Dan Tanui shows his medal after winning the 2018 Walled City Marathon. Photo: Race Organisers

“The weather conditions were favorable and I thank God that enabled me to win this race in a new course record,” Tanui said.

Tanui who led 1-2-3 Kenyan finish was followed by Freddy keron sittuk who crossed the line in 2:26.14 with Emmanuel Melly who closed the podium three in 2:28.54.



  1. Dan Tanui             (KEN) 2:19.44
  2. Freddy sittuk         (KEN) 2:26.14
  3. Emmanuel Melly  (KEN) 2:28.54