Di Canio runs Swindon half marathon - by mistake!
Published 18:08 10/10/11 By MirrorFootball
Swindon boss Paolo Di Canio got more than he bargained for when he agreed to be the official starter for a half marathon on Saturday, when he ended up running the course by accident.
The Italian watched his saw his side draw 3-3 with Hereford on before sounding the starting hooter for the Nationwide Half Marathon.
There were three courses being run on the day: a two mile fun run, a five mile terrain course and the full half marathon.
After taking a wrong turn, Di Canio found himself on the full 13.1m course.
Soon the organisers realised that the 43-year-old had not come back and was going to complete the whole run.
He did so in an impressive time of 1hr 49 minutes, just 36 minutes shy of the winner, Dave Roper, 26, of Cheltenham.
The Swindon Town manager said: "I couldn't stop, there was a challenge.
"There were three options, I thought I should start with the fun (run) marathon but unfortunately we changed direction, kept going and followed the first group.
"Unfortunately I ended up doing a full half marathon plus 800 metres.
"At the end I was very happy because I finished without stopping, even for one second. I wasn't ready but I never stopped running.
"I'm very happy but it was very tough."