The Sunderland marathon, which was only finished by one runner after a course error, cost £76,000 a Freedom of Information request has revealed. 

The Sunderland Echo report:

COUNCIL chiefs sanctioned paying out £76,000 for this year’s bungled Marathon of the North event, the Echo can reveal.

Race bosses have admitted thousands of runners fell short of completing the correct Marathon and Half Marathon routes in Sunderland after a marshalling error missed out 264metres – 0.16miles.

Runners not affiliated to a club paid £36 to enter the marathon.

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