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The organisers of the Sheffield half marathon are at at loggerheads with the firm which failed to supply water for the event, about who is to blame. Water Direct said organisers made an order, but despite sending reminders - no payment was received.
Sheffield Half Marathon say they were "let down" by the company and tonight the city council have said comments from Water Direct conflict with the information provided to the event's organising committee.
A full investigation has been launched into events surrounding Sheffield's annual half marathon which saw the race cancelled at the last minute - causing widespread chaos and confusion.
The organisers have apologised to thousands of runners who set off in defiance of a health and safety ruling because water supplies hadn't arrived in time. Tonight there is anger that there is no sign of a refund for those who didn't run on the instructions of race marshalls.
From Sheffield, David Hirst reports.
Organisers of the Sheffield Half Marathon have started a full investigation into the circumstances surrounding the cancellation of the 2014 event.
They did not say if those caught up in what Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg called a "farcical situation" would receive refunds. That is due to form part of the investigation.
Sunday's race was cancelled "due to a problem with the delivery of water", which was met with anger when announced by the organisers on Twitter and Facebook.
South Yorkshire Police said that despite the cancellation, a large number of participants still ran the event.
Organisers said the investigation will examine the key issues, including lack of water delivery, which informed the committee's decision to cancel the race.
They said: "The race organisers will also be looking into the communication at the start line which appeared to leave some runners completing the race unaware that it had been cancelled.
"However every effort will be made to ensure that the event's 10 official charities still benefit from the thousands of pounds raised by runners' fundraising."
Margaret Lilley, chairwoman of the organising committee, said: "Our internal investigation into the situation will specifically focus on the circumstances which contributed to our suppliers failing to deliver the water bowsers as expected.
"The requirements for an official race dictate that there is an appropriate amount of water available at every three-mile interval on the course. At previous events we have always taken delivery of the water on the morning of the race and our suppliers have proven very reliable in this respect.
However, this was not the case for the 2014 event and ultimately it was the key factor informing our decision to cancel the race."
The organisers of Sheffield's half marathon which was called off yesterday over a lack of water for runners, have apologised.
Most of the 5,000 participants defied the last minute cancellation and completed the course.
Those behind the race defended the decision saying water has to be available at three mile intervals.
Former Minister for Sport, Richard Caborn, says it could have been avoided:
Sheffield Half Marathon organisers have explained why the decision was taken to cancel the prestigious race event for the first time in its 33 year history. They added a full investigation is underway into the circumstances behind why the original water order was not delivered.
The requirements for an official race dictate that there is an appropriate amount of water available at every three mile interval.
She added that a number of runners who completed the course did require medical attention, including some in hospital, mostly as a result of lack of hydration.4,100 completed the route and each were given a time so that those running for charities could collect their sponsorship money.
Calendar's Victoria Whittam talks to runners plus chairperson Margaret Lilley from the Sheffield half marathon.
Events in Sheffield today are making international headlines with features in both Holland and New Zealand. A Dutch newspaper and the NZ Herald are both running stories.
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."
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.