Marathon turn-off

A runner who won one of the most gruelling marathons in the world was disqualified after taking a wrong turn a mile from the finish line, it emerged yesterday.

A runner who won one of the most gruelling marathons in the world was disqualified after taking a wrong turn a mile from the finish line, it emerged yesterday.

Paul Harper, of the Great Western Runners, in Newport, had forged ahead of the field to win the 23rd Snowdonia Marathon in North Wales on Sunday.

But his hard-won triumph was short-lived when he learned he had accidentally taken the wrong route and disqualified himself.

The annual event attracted 1,400 runners and is organised by the National Trust for its Snowdonia appeal.

Blunder gang

POLICE were yesterday hunting a gang whose bid to hijack a lorry loaded with cigarettes collapsed as they tried to break into the wrong side of the cab.

The gang of eight masked men tailed the truck, packed with thousands of cigarettes, from the Imperial Tobacco factory, Nottingham, early on Friday.

They set up a roadblock, and tried to crowbar open the driver door, but it was left-hand drive and the driver triggered locks and called police.

Drink ad anger

A DRINKS promotion featuring the line How Much Terror Can You Take? has been criticised by a support group for victims of the London bombings.

The 7th July Assistance Centre said the in-bar promotion for Strongbow cider was "unfortunate" on the eve of the national service in St Paul's Cathedral for the bomb victims.

Letters held up

A DYSLEXIC postwoman has been convicted of keeping the letters she was meant to deliver as she found the job too stressful, it emerged yesterday.

Lucy Rudd, 21, of Ham Lane, Gosport, Hampshire, was sentenced to an 18-month community order at Fareham Magistrates' Court.

Bargain buys

SHOPPERS can pick up bargain electrical goods from lesser-known online retailers, Computing Which? has found.

The website Pixmania was the cheapest on average for the items tracked. But its products are sent from France.

Spicy beans

BRANSTON, best known for its jars of pickle, has launched baked beans to compete with market leaders Heinz.

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