The organisers of the Great Ireland Run in the Phoenix Park have apologised after the 10 kilometre run was cut short by 1.5 kilometres.
2,000 people took part in the run on Sunday with plenty thinking they had clocked a personal best and two thinking they had smashed a world record.
However, it emerged they actually hadn't run the full 10km because of a mistake during the run.
It's understood participants were misdirected and didn't realise they were running the wrong way.
National 10k Statement:
Athletics Ireland & the event organiser Dublin City Harriers wish to apologise to all participants for the unforeseen circumstances that led to today’s Great Ireland Run being less than the specified distance⤵️https://t.co/G5WzonDy1T pic.twitter.com/yzDL1AojV9
— Athletics Ireland (@irishathletics) April 16, 2023
The error happened around 3km into the race and resulted in runners omitting a 1.5km lap.
In a statement, Athletics Ireland (AI) and event organiser Dublin City Harriers apologised to everyone who took part for the “unforeseen circumstances” that led to the run being “less than the specified distance”.
AI said it will continue to engage with the race organisers on the matter and will update participants when further information becomes available.
The results of the race have been declared null and void.