Sheffield race cancelled after water supply problem

The Sheffield half-marathon has been cancelled moments before it was due to start due to "insufficient water supplies". Runners had attempted to start the race but road blocks were set up by South Yorkshire Police.

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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.

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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."

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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

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

Runners set off on Sheffield race despite cancellation

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

Organisers apologise for water delivery failure

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.

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Half-marathon cancelled due to 'insufficient water'

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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