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Good evening.

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over a 19 month period from March 2015.

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That's according to figures released to Scottish Labour,

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under Freedom of Information.

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The Scottish Government says it's allocated more than ?30 million

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to help tackle the problem.

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Our social affairs correspondent, Reevel Alderson reports.

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Doctors agree when a patient is well enough they should leave hospital.

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But sometimes it's not possible, because there is nowhere suitable

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to meet the patient's needs.

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This is bed blocking.

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Very many of the people that are blocking beds in hospital,

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if you use that expression, are people affected by dementia.

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If they are very poorly, they have to go into a care home.

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If there is not a bed for them there, they have to stay

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in hospital until they die.

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The reason for there not being a care home

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bed can be financial, or it can be that the

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care homes are full.

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In the majority of cases, it is a question of organising

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finance, that is something we should do earlier.

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The Scottish Government pledged two years ago to eradicate bed blocking,

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but it is still happening, with what Scottish Labour

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calls shocking results.

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In a 19 month period, almost 700 died in hospital,

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though judged fit enough to be discharged.

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Almost a quarter of cases, were in NHS Grampian, with Lothian

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and Lanarkshire close behind.

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Overall, bed blocking is reducing by 9% last year.

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Labour says that is no consolation to those whose relatives died.

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This is 700 people who have lost their lives in hospital

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while waiting for a care package.

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It could be your mother, father, grandfather,

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tragic cases and tragic stories.

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I think the Scottish Government needs to wake up to the reality,

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the impact it's having on patients and families, that cuts

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are having on patients and family.

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The Scottish Government insists that patients continue to receive care

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in hospital and says that while being discharged

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is preferable, there is no evidence to link the deaths with patience

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with delays in leaving.

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We don't ignore them, they are well looked

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after in the hospital.

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The delay means that we cannot get them home or to a nursing home,

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or with a social care package.

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Sometimes, that might be a more appropriate place for them to die,

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at home or in a nursing home, with family around them.

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Ministers say they have given ?33 million to the NHS to tackle

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the wider problem of bed blocking.

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Air accident investigators are being sent to Aberdeen,

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after the wheel of a helicopter caused damage to a helideck

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in the North Sea.

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It happened last week.

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The helicopter has since been brought ashore by boat.

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Our energy correspondent Kevin Keane explained what happened.

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Well, as you say, the incident happened on Wednesday of last week,

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on the West Franklin platform in the North Sea.

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It was in the final stages of landing, the Cessna helicopter,

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when it failed to respond to some of the inputs being issued

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to it from the pilots.

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It landed heavily on the deck itself.

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The wheels caused a few points of significant damage,

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although CHC described it as minor.

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Photographs on social media taken by somebody on board the platform

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clearly show some degree of gouging in the metalwork.

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The nine people, the passengers and crew on board, none of them

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suffered any kind of injury and they were taken

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off the platform.

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The helicopter itself has been brought back here to Aberdeen

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by boat and investigators are examining it.

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Neither the company nor any of the unions involved in offshore

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work have been willing to be interviewed about this today,

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but they have jointly issued a statement saying

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that the investigation is focusing on part of the tail rotor.

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That tail rotor has been the subject of some concern in other parts

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of the world in recent months.

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The group responsible for helicopter safety in Aberdeen says it has been

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assured that previous incidents bear no connection to what happened here.

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The investigations editor for the Scottish Sun newspaper has

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told a jury how acid was thrown at his face during

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an attack at his home in Glasgow.

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Russell Findlay was giving evidence at the trial of William Burns

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and Alexander Porter - who deny targeting him

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in December 2015.

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From the High Court in Glasgow, John McManus reports.

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On the first day of the trial, the court heard evidence

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from Russell Findlay, the investigations editor

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for the Scottish Sun newspaper.

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He told the court he had been at home on the morning

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of the 23rd of December, 2015, when he answered his doorbell.

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The caller said they were a postman and wanted him

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to sign for a package.

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He said that when he answered the door, he felt a liquid

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on his face and then saw a bottle fly past his head.

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Then he came through the door and attempted to fight me,

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I pushed back and we both exited the front door and fell

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Mr Findlay said his ten-year-old daughter, Daisy, appeared,

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and he sent her to get help from neighbours.

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He continued to grapple with the attacker.

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He told the court he said to the man, why did they send

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a fat clown like you?

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Is that all I am worth?

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He said that the assailant spat at him and said wee

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Jamie sends his regards.

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He said he had contact with one of the accused in 2006,

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but he denied a suggestion that he had asked him to come

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round to his house the night before the incident.

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I would find it beyond laughable that he would come up

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with that, he told the court.

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The trial continues.

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An all party parliamentary group on social integration is suggesting

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the UK Government should consider devolving more power over

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immigration to Scotland and other parts of the UK.

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MPs and peers in the group think a Canadian model,

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which means provincial governments are able to issue region-specific

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visas, could work here, and want ministers in London

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to consider giving Holyrood more control over immigration.

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Scots athlete Laura Muir smashed the British indoor record over 5,000

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metres in Glasgow last night.

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Now Laura and her coach have their sights set on major

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championship success.

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Alasdair Lamont reports.

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No TV cameras to record the occasion, but this piece

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of history was recorded by one alert spectator.

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Laura Muir, wiping 14 seconds off the British

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indoor 5,000 metre record.

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That beat Liz McColgan's time, set in 1992.

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As she reflected today, it adds to the British 1,500 metre

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record she set last year.

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Being in the record books is always very special,

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especially the names I am getting them off, Dame Kelly Holmes

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and Liz McColgan, big names.

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I'm really honoured to be alongside where they were.

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I just hope I can get a few more.

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An element of doubt had emerged about whether the time she ran

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would qualify as an official record.

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Liz McColgan congratulated her fellow Scot, but did query

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whether the official criteria had been met by the race,

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in terms of the doping controls at the event and also the fact

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the other athletes in the race only ran 3,000 metres.

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British Athletics told BBC Scotland today that,

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subject to normal checks, they expected the time

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to be confirmed.

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With that in the bag, the focus is very much on turning

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record times into major medals.

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It takes time to learn to race in championships,

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to get that experience.

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So, that is why I tried putting more realistic times on.

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She was running remarkably fast times in 2013-14,

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but I recognised there was still some sort of athletic

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development, some learning to go on before you are probably

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in a position that you should be challenging for those models.

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I think that is where we have got to now.

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Definitely, I think I had been unlucky in previous championships.

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The World Championships, I was placed fifth.

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That was a really big achievement for me.

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Getting back into the medals.

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Diamond League success shows she can beat the best.

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Now she is ready to do that on the biggest stages.

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The distance of last year's

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Great Scottish Run is to be checked, after concerns that the

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route was too short.

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The official who measured the course says he believes

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competitors may have run a route that was shorter than

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the one he'd certified.

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Huw Williams reports.

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It is a highlight of the year for thousands of people,

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elite runners, club competitors and sweaty enthusiasts.

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They fill the city centre, their supporters line the streets,

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and good causes across Scotland benefit from all that

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sponsorship money raised.

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Last year, the added excitement of a new Scottish

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half marathon record.

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He's a record-breaker here in Glasgow today!

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An absolutely staggering run from Callum Hawkins -

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a new star is born!

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I was not expecting anything near as quick as that.

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I am just pleased I went out to win, and that's what I did.

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But now, the record could be in doubt, after the man

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who certified the distance watched BBC Scotland's coverage

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and felt that the runners were not following the route

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that he had measured.

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The questions were also raised by competitors,

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like these runners we met today training on the banks of the Clyde.

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Hundreds of their GPS recorders told them that they had run less

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than the official distance of 13.1 miles.

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It is still a personal best for me regardless.

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I think that will still be true for 95% of the people who ran.

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It does not make a difference for your average runner, I don't think.

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Some people are just in it to compete and have fun.

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For them it probably does not matter.

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But if you are more of a top runner, looking for a personal best,

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it will have more of an impact.

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I would be pretty annoyed, actually.

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If it is not an accurate time, I wou

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It is good you want to run your half marathon, but for me,

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it was just about finishing.

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Organisers say an independent re-measuring of the course will be

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completed by the end of January.

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They say they're confident that it will be confirmed

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that it was the correct distance.

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COMMENTATOR: He deserves this!

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An official measurer is due to cycle the route later in the month.

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And then we will know if that new record can stand.

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And then we will know if that new record can stand.

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