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2,000 suffer Sundown Marathon timing glitch

Participants of last weekend's Sundown Marathon have taken to social media to voice unhappiness over the race organisers' delay in releasing the complete race results.

SINGAPORE: Participants of last weekend's Sundown Marathon have taken to social media to voice unhappiness over the race organisers' delay in releasing the complete race results.

About 2,000 of 30,000 participants did not receive their race completion times, a problem that event owner and organiser HiVelocity has attributed to "unforeseen environmental and magnetic interference present at the start-line".

HiVelocity apologised in a statement on the event's Facebook page and urged those affected who had timed themselves in the race to write in so their results could be updated.

About 100 people have commented on the Facebook page, including Neo Say Bee, who has taken part in every edition since 2008 and called this year's her worst experience.

"It is very disappointing to know that one has tried his best and completed the run (but is unable to receive a) timing," said Neo. "The run was not smooth, too. I had to stop twice to let cars (pass)... The new route is also narrow and dark, with too many turns."

Others also commented that the link to the race results on the event's website was not working.

Last year, a fault in the timing system used at the Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore - organised by Spectrum Worldwide - caused almost 4,000 participants to be wrongly disqualified or to receive incorrect timings.

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