first_imgHe completed the Glen Moray Marathon around Elgin in Scotland in a still credible three hours, 16 minutes and 11 seconds.Connell, 43, from Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire, said: “I was only about three miles into it and I could see the lead car was slowing down – I knew something wasn’t right. This man was leading the Glen Moray marathon until he was sent the wrong way. Leaders have done 2 extra miles.— Jonny Muir (@MuirJonny) September 4, 2016 I was annoyed at the time but these things happen. I just got my head down and battled back through.Connell Drummond “I was just jogging on the spot and the driver shouted out the marshal had sent him the wrong way and I better turn round, which was good advice I suppose.”He added: “I was annoyed at the time but these things happen. I just got my head down and battled back through.”A local runner further back in the field realised the mistake and managed to prevent the rest of the 55 runners becoming lost.Marathon co-organiser Paul Rogan blamed a miscommunication between a marshall and the escort car for a wrong turning. He said: “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.” Connell with his winner's medalcenter_img Connell, 43, went back the same way – together with around a dozen runners who had followed him – and rejoined the correct route in 16th place.And despite going the extra four miles he managed to work his way back through the 55-strong field to win. Connell with his winner’s medalCredit:Brian Smith A runner won a marathon despite going an extra four miles after a marshalling blunder.Super-fit Connell Drummond was leading the race when the car guiding the runners took a wrong turn after just three miles.He went two miles out of his way before the driver realised his mistake and shouted for him to turn back. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img

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