Haifa Police Officer Was Last Runner to Start 2016 London Marathon Due to Navigation Error

Despite plugging the wrong info into his GPS and losing 38 minutes stuck in London traffic, Hagai Penkar finished the marathon ahead of some 8,000 others.

Runners run past the London Eye as they take part in the 2016 London Marathon, London, U.K., April 24, 2016.
Niklas Halle, AFP

A police officer from Haifa was the last runner to start this year’s London Marathon on Sunday due to a navigational error.

Interviewed by the BBC near the starting line, Hagai Penkar explained that he showed up first at the finish line on Sunday after plugging the wrong information into his internet browser and then lost 38 minutes dealing with London traffic.

Running the 26 miles in 5 hours, 12 minutes and 18 seconds, Penkar finished ahead of some 8,000 runners. The race had 39,045 registered runners, including eight Israelis.

Penkar looked on the silver lining of his mistake, telling the journalist: “It took me time to get to the start line, but I met you and I’m speaking and I’m fresh.”

Noticing his interviewer was out of breath from running alongside him, Penkar told her: “Start running more so next time you will be in better shape.”

He added: “I love the United Kingdom and wish everybody in the race, feel well at the end line and a good time.”