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New Sheffield Half Marathon organiser to be revealed

Confusion at the start line of the Sheffield Half Marathon

Confusion at the start line of the Sheffield Half Marathon

The future of Sheffield Half Marathon is set to be revealed next month – when the new organiser is confirmed.

Sheffield Council has said details of the chosen bid are currently being finalised and an announcement will be made in September after 11 organisations expressed an interest in running the event.

This year’s half marathon in April was plunged into chaos and cancelled at the last minute due to insufficient water supplies – although many runners completed the 13-mile course anyway because they could not hear the tannoy announcements.

Voluntary organisers of the race then stood down from the role in June.

A council spokesman told The Star: “We are currently finalising the details of the chosen bid with the successful event organiser for next year’s Sheffield Half Marathon.

“Eleven different organisations expressed an interest in running the event, and we were impressed by the extremely high standard of the bids we received.

“The half marathon is a major event for Sheffield and brings thousands of people to our city each year.

“Hence a great deal of thought and consideration needs to be put into ensuring the chosen bid is the right one.

“We anticipate a further announcement will be made in September once the agreement with the successful bidder is signed.”

In the days after the cancelled race, supplier Water Direct said it was not paid by Sheffield Marathon Ltd – but organisers said they were never told to pay in advance.

Organisers – who came under intense criticism for the botched event from thousands of runners and community leaders, as well as international headlines – announced in June they would not be putting the event on again.

And earlier this week the former race committee confirmed Water Direct would be making a financial ‘contribution’ to Sheffield Half Marathon Ltd and the money would be distributed to race charities.

But they did not confirm the amount and refused to comment further.

They said the situation was at a ‘conclusion’.

More than £1.5 million has been raised for local charities since the race began 30 years ago.

 

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