Around 200 runners missed the start of the Hastings Half Marathon because of disruption to the trains, meaning services were altered or cancelled. Network Rail had to do some emergency engineering work on Sunday morning in London between London Bridge and Charing Cross. Southeastern trains said the repairs on the Hastings line did not finish till about 10am.
The Race Director - Eric Hardwick MBE, said Southeastern owed the disappointed runners an explanation after their train from Charing Cross was cancelled. Southeastern apologised for the problems saying it was due to Network Rail's engineering works and the resulting change in services.
– Sarah Boundy, Southeastern spokesperson
''Unfortunately Network Rail had to do emergency engineering work in London on the Hastings line. They worked as quickly as possible to repair the infrastructure. We're sorry that some runners missed the half marathon and realise how disappointing it was for them.
"Every year Southeastern trains work with the organisers of the Hastings Half Marathon and we make trains longer where possible, to accommodate runners because it is a popular event.
"If anybody's journey has been delayed by more than half an hour then we have compensation arrangements in place and they can claim online for delay repayments."