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Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has called for a "full explanation" into the "farcical" events of the Sheffield half-marathon.
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.
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."
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.
Several runners have started off on Sheffield's half-marathon despite the announcement that is has been cancelled due to problems over water supply.
Sheffield Marathon organisers have tweeted their "disappointment and regret" over the cancellation of the half marathon, due to a "problem with the delivery of water."
Their website is currently down.
Police have refused to support the event due to a lack of water. But some runners are still trying to set off. It is being reported road blocks are being put in place to stop runners trying to cover the route.
The Sheffield half-marathon has been cancelled moments before it was due to start due to "insufficient water supplies."
Some runners attempted to start the race but road blocks were set up by South Yorkshire Police.
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The Sheffield public bought water in bulk to supply runners of the city's half marathon after a failed delivery saw the race called off.