The Sheffield Half Marathon has been described as a "farce" after the race was delayed and then cancelled because of a lack of water for the 5,000 runners.
The organisers' decision to halt the annual run "due to a problem with the deliver of water" sparked an angry response on the ground with some runners learning after already setting off.
The vast majority of the race entrants ignored orders and ran the route anyway, cheered on by members of the public, who supplied them with bottles of water bought from local shops.
Runner David Davenport hailed the community spirit after the "mutiny" on the half marathon, telling ITV News:
South Yorkshire Police said officers initially attempted to divert runners to a shorter route to the finish line but ended up honouring the road closures which had been planned for the full 13.1-mile distance.
Organisers had broken the news on Twitter and Facebook that the 2014 edition of the race had been abandoned, saying:
The announcement was followed by angry responses on Facebook, including claims the organisers had "embarrassed the city".
Race entrant Mel Broadhurst commented:
Adam Stern said:
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, the MP for Sheffield Hallam, also praised the public response while joining the chorus of condemnation at the late cancellation, saying:
Margaret Lilley, chair of the race organisers, said officials had earlier "scoured supermarkets" across the city but had not been able to secure enough water to meet the health-and-safety requirements for the half-marathon's water stations. She told the BBC:
Organisers said they would recognise the efforts of those who ran the course regardless of the official cancellation, tweeting: