A CHARITY fundraiser taking on a virtual London Marathon went 23 miles too far because of dodgy GPS reception on her phone.

Jodey Hopcroft, 38, had tried logging her progress on the official app, but it worked only intermittently as she traipsed in the wind and rain along the north Norfolk coast.

She said: “I couldn’t stop. Everything would have been void and I would not have been registered as finishing. I had to keep going until the app registered 26.2 miles.”

As she had not trained she opted to walk, setting off at 4.45am from her workplace — Waxham Sands holiday park near Great Yarmouth.

Jodey finished 15 hours later, then used a map to work out she had actually completed 49 miles.

She has run four London Marathons before, but Covid meant only elite athletes competed in the capital this time.

Jodey added:“In hindsight, I should have planned my route better in areas where there was decent reception. I should have driven in my car to start in Norwich or at least just walked towards there, so it was my fault I did not do that.

“The rain was pouring down so hard that there were deep puddles which I couldn’t avoid so it felt like I was walking in streams and I got really bad blisters.

“Believe me there were a couple of times I did have a bit of a cry, I was just in agony.

“But the app included messages of encouragement from Paula Radcliffe and Steve Cram every time it recorded a mile. I realised that I was doing a lot more than a mile between many of the messages, but they helped spur me on.”

The 38,000 others used the app to track their own routes.

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