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Clegg demands 'full explanation' after 'farcical' race

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has called for a "full explanation" into the "farcical" events of the Sheffield half-marathon.

Read: Half-marathon cancelled due to 'insufficient water'

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Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg. Credit: Press Association

The event was cancelled at the least minute due to water supply issues, but some runners continued anyway, and members of the public supplied water for them.

Read: Public water support for runners who defied race ban

Mr Clegg said:

"Everyone involved deserves a full explanation of how this farcical situation was allowed to happen. Sheffield is an outstanding city of sport. The extraordinary scenes today shouldn't tarnish that reputation.

"The fact that runners who had carried on regardless were still well supplied with water thanks to spectators, tells you everything you need to know about Sheffield people."

Nick Clegg calls for explanation from organisers of 'chaotic' race

The Sheffield Hallam MP Nick Clegg wants a "full explanation" from organisers who cancelled the Sheffield half marathon due to insufficient water supplies for runners.

Although the race was officially cancelled, many of the 5,000 taking part decided to go ahead and run. Nick Clegg has demanded a ‘full explanation’ from race organisers and praised spectators who handed out their own water to runners.

"I know thousands of people have trained long and hard for this event, with many running for some outstanding local charities and others coming from around the country to take part or watch. I can only imagine how disappointed they must have been when they learned that the race was cancelled as they were on the start line ready to set off.

"Everyone involved deserves a full explanation of how this farcical situation was allowed to happen. Sheffield is an outstanding city of sport. The extraordinary scenes today shouldn't tarnish that reputation.

– Nick Clegg MP

"The fact that runners who had carried on regardless were still well supplied with water thanks to spectators, tells you everything you need to know about Sheffield people."

– Nick Clegg MP

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South Yorkshire Police release statement about cancelled race

"South Yorkshire Police are aware of the circumstances regarding the cancellation of the Sheffield Half Marathon.There was initially a police presence on parts of the marathon route to assist with the road closures to motorists to protect those participating in the run.

Despite the cancellation, a large number of participants have still chosen to run the half marathon. Working with the organisers, officers attempted to speak to participants who had chosen to run and divert them on to a shorter route to the finish line.

However officers have kept their positions and stance with the initial road closures to motorists to protect all the runners and ensure their safety is maintained.

– South Yorkshire Police

Organisers blame health and safety for calling off race

“It is with huge disappointment and regret that we were forced to cancel the 2014 SIG Insulation Sheffield Half Marathon because of a problem with the delivery of water by our suppliers. For health and safety reasons, we were unable to go ahead with race without the required number of water stations throughout the race route. As soon as we learnt of the problem, we did everything in our power to come up with a solution so that the race could go ahead as planned. But, we didn’t want to keep runners and spectators waiting any longer, so we took the decision to call the race off.

“We would like to express our sincerest apologies to everyone involved in the race who has been affected. But we have made the decision based on the best interest of runners and spectators....At this stage we are unable to provide any further information about whether the race will be re-run in the future. With the majority of the race infrastructure in place, many runners decided to run the route as planned. Those who crossed the finish line with their race number will be timed and we will be providing a list of all finishers and their times.”

– Margaret Lilley chairperson Sheffield Half Marathon
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Public water support for runners who defied race ban

Several runners have started off on Sheffield's half-marathon despite the announcement that is had been cancelled due to problems over water supply.

Members of the public rallied to hand out water which was purchased at shops to the runners.

A member of the public hands out a bottle of water to the runners. Credit: Neil Tilbrook/Twitter
A man carries a case of bottled water to the race. Credit: Joanne Mathieson/Twitter
Tens of runners continued on with the race regardless of the cancellation. Credit: Joanne Mathieson/Twitter

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Runners set off on Sheffield race despite cancellation

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Several runners have started off on Sheffield's half-marathon despite the announcement that is has been cancelled due to problems over water supply.

Read: Organisers apologise for water delivery failure

Owners head to Owlerton for national greyhound auction today

Greyhounds racing Credit: PA Pictures

More than fifty greyhounds have travelled from Ireland to Sheffield for one of the nation's biggest greyhound auctions today. The greyhounds will show their pedigree by trying to set their fastest track times to achieve their best sale price at Owlerton Greyhound Stadium.

The auction, the only one in Yorkshire, is expected to attract owners and trainers from across the country. Similar to horse racing, buyers purchase greyhounds in guineas. Each guinea equates to £1.05p.

The stadium record price currently stands at 7,500 Guineas for a greyhound, but exceptional animals have been known to change hands for 100,000 Guineas plus.

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