Round the Bays runners went the (extra) distance

00:11, Feb 24 2014
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Participants make their way along Cobham Drive.
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Round the Bays participants get ready to run, jog and walk.
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Going at a good pace. James Richardson, Canadian mountain running rep, has been with athletics club Scottish for about four years.
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Runners and walkers make their way around Balaena Bay.
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Running along Oriental Bay.
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Nice day for run.
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Race contestants enjoy a well deserved rest at Kilbirnie Park.
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Participants run through a group warm up before the race starts.
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Ready and waiting.
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Round the bays. And they're off.
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Jermaine Robinson, from Wellington, gets into the group warm-up exercises before the start of the 6.5km run/walk.
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Rylee Adamson, 5, finishing the 6.5km race.
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A group warm-up before the 6.5km run.
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Some were out very early, limbering up.

Did your sunny Round the Bays run in Wellington this weekend feel longer? Well it was.

Organisers of yesterday's big running event in the capital have apologised on Facebook today, admitting that the thousands who completed the half marathon actually ran 600 metres further than the regulation 21.1 kilometres.

Organisers said the turning point on the half-marathon circuit was placed in the wrong spot, making the whole run slightly longer.

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READY, SET: Runners take off at yesterday's Round The Bays.

"We would like to apologise to those trying to achieve PBs [personal bests]," they said.

The apology came after many runners queried the length of the race, saying their own GPS recorded it as closer to 22km.

Some said the extra distance had thrown out their attempts to beat their previous-best times, while others questioned the distance of the 10km run, claiming it was about 300m too long.

A record 14,000 people ran in Round the Bays this year.

Why not give the Auckland race a try too? You have 12 more days to train ... head here for more info on entering. 

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