The moneyman behind the marathon, Peter Sullivan, yesterday revealed the 'terrible' route would be changed - but maybe not in time for next year's race. 'We have to change the route. I would like it to be more fan-friendly and we need much more support from the Hong Kong public,' said Sullivan, chief executive of Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) Ltd, while watching runners cross the finish line at Bauhinia Square in Wan Chai. The gruelling, hilly route was labelled 'terrible' by Australian national team runner Jeremy Horne and came in for a lot of criticism from many of the other overseas runners, including winner Simon Bor. 'It is not an easy course. It is very hard, very hilly,' said Bor. Others were more acerbic. 'I've never run on anything like this course. I just couldn't believe the second half, it really could do with flattening it out,' said Scot A.C. Muir, a representative on the British National Team in the Greatest Race on Earth Series. 'I lost three minutes over the last four kilometres. This is easily the hardest marathon I have ever done,' added the 32-year-old Muir, who recorded a time of 2:32 yesterday as he led Britain to first place in the Oceania and Europe regional challenge category in the Greatest Race on Earth series. Muir, who comes from Glasgow, appeared on BBC's Top Gear programme when he ran the route of the London Marathon last year, racing against presenter Jeremy Clarkson - who was driving a car. He must have wished he was in the driving seat yesterday while running the local course. Muir's views were echoed by Horne. 'It is too hard. It is terrible. They need to flatten out the course. There is also no protection on the bridges. To make matters worse, I found the course boring. There is no one out there to cheer us on,' said Horne. Ethiopian Taye Moges Mamo, who finished third in the marathon, and appearing for the first time in Hong Kong, said: 'This is a hard race. It was hot and humid and very tough out there.' While the weather conditions are out of the organisers' hands, Sullivan reiterated that changes would need to be made to the route so there could be more crowd involvement. 'We are thinking about changing the route. But it won't happen next year. It will take a while to organise it,' said Sullivan.