I’M NOT SO APPY
Unlucky marathon runner clocks up TWICE the distance.. after official race GPS app fails to record half the route
ONE runner found the virtual London Marathon a real slog after an issue with her app made her cover 49 miles instead of 26.2.
Jodey Hopcroft started at 4.45am, expecting to finish the challenge and get home for lunch. But poor GPS reception on the Norfolk coast meant the official app worked only intermittently – so Jodey ran for 15 hours before her phone finally registered the race as complete.
The 38- year- old said: “Once I’d started, I couldn’t stop. Everything would have been void and I would not have been registered as finishing.
“I had to keep going until the app registered I had done 26.2 miles.
“I should have planned my route better, in areas where there was decent reception. Believe me, there were a couple of times I did have a bit of a cry, I was just in agony.
“The rain and cold and blisters were unbelievable but it is a huge sense of achievement.”
The Virgin Money London Marathon app was created to give 38,000 entrants the chance to complete the race on their own routes on October 4.
They were warned to take a secondary device to help record their run – but Jodey set off with just her phone.
The campsite manager at Waxham Sands, Norfolk, realised within minutes
the GPS was not working. But she wanted to qualify for a digital certificate and medal – and was determined not to let down her sponsors, who had donated more than £2,000 to multiple sclerosis charity MS-UK.
Jodey got home exhausted at 7pm. After studying a map she realised she had actually travelled 49 miles.
She said: “I just had to carry on. The app included messages of encouragement from Paula Radcliffe and Steve Cram every mile. I realised I was doing a lot more than a mile between many of the messages but they helped spur me on.”
Virgin Money London Marathon said: “More than 38,000 completed the challenge but we doubt there were many that ran as far as Jodey – she certainly did it her way.
“We did brief all runners to carry a secondary device as back- up and warned there may be areas where GPS would not function. We salute Jodey’s strength, stamina and good humour and hope she raised plenty of money for MS-UK.”
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