OPINION: Answers are very scarce

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The stories of Sheffield’s ‘rogue runners’ continue to arrive in The Star’s inbox and Facebook page.

Far slower are answers from the race organisers and water supplier Water Direct as to why water wasn’t delivered in time for the Sheffield Half Marathon to go ahead.

Because, behind the tales of goodwill and generosity of people, organisations and businesses who provided drinks for those who decided to run the route, the fact remains the race was cancelled.

The Star isn’t shy about extolling the virtues of the people of this city – indeed this column said last week that helping people was in Sheffield’s DNA.

However, when the dust settles, Sheffield will always be remembered as the city that failed to ensure one of its showpiece events could take place.

As you’d expect we have asked many questions of Sheffield Marathon Ltd and Water Direct but have yet to receive anything that makes it any clearer why the water didn’t arrive on time.

Mistakes happen. People aren’t infallible and even seemingly the most obvious of requirements can fall between the cracks as volunteers – which is what the race organisers are – try to ensure everything goes to plan.

But with thousands of pounds of sponsorship money taken and runners paying up to £26 to take part in the race answers to what happened aren’t just an optional extra.

People may scoff when Sheffield is held up as a sporting city.

The debacle on Sunday is particularly unfortunate considering it was the first race since Don Valley’s demolition.

It’s worth remembering, though, that the city has hosted hundreds of international sporting events with great success at its venues.

Attention to detail has always been the hallmark of these occasions, which is why it is so vital that a full and frank explanation is given very soon.

Sunday showed once again that Sheffield has spirit in abundance. What organisers of the half marathon need to do now is repay that goodwill with some honest answers.