• Text size      
  • Send this article to a friend
  • Print this article

Racers run into trouble

A DISGRUNTLED former harrier who flew the nest has been blamed for ­sabotaging a cross-country race by switching the signs.

Confused runners in the Carnegie Harriers' Devilla Forest 15km trail race near Kincardine, Fife, were faced with arrows pointing towards them instead of away from them.

The mystery sign switching cut about one-and-a-half miles off the route of Sunday's race, in which about 500 runners took part.

Many had posted times that they wrongly believed were personal bests.

Harriers president Malcolm Smith wrote on Facebook: "Those that participated in the 15k race will be aware that there was a problem with the race route. Prior to the race, the route was set up and checked by members of the club and all was in order at that stage.

"However, shortly after the race began, it became apparent there was a problem with the route, with all runners going off course and concerns were made by marshals to the Race Director."

Competitor Mike Smith, 50, said: "It's a case for Rebus. Everyone was very confused."

Contextual targeting label: 

Commenting & Moderation

We moderate all comments on HeraldScotland on either a pre-moderated or post-moderated basis.
If you're a relatively new user then your comments will be reviewed before publication and if we know you well and trust you then your comments will be subject to moderation only if other users or the moderators believe you've broken the rules

Moderation is undertaken full-time 9am-6pm on weekdays, and on a part-time basis outwith those hours. Please be patient if your posts are not approved instantly.