Sisters ‘heartbroken’ to miss Sheffield fun run after half marathon cancellation

Emma, Keira, Libbi and Robert Sampson - 'Keira, aged 11, and five-year-old Libbi missed the fun run at Sheffield half marathon after they were told it was cancelled.
Emma, Keira, Libbi and Robert Sampson - 'Keira, aged 11, and five-year-old Libbi missed the fun run at Sheffield half marathon after they were told it was cancelled.
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Two young sisters were left ‘heartbroken’ after they missed the fun run at Sheffield Half Marathon.

Kiera Sampson, aged 11, and her five-year-old sister Libbi were lining up on the start line when the tannoys announced that the event was cancelled due to lack of water.

Mum Emma said they were told that the fun run was also off, and so started to leave, only for it to later go ahead.

She said: “We were told the fun run was off, so we went away, and the next thing we knew the fun runners set off.

“They were just heartbroken because they were so excited and had prepared for ages.”

The family, from Kiveton Park, were raising money to help fund therapy for a little girl who has cerebral palsy.

And they were also supporting dad Gareth Sampson, a keen runner who was taking part in the half marathon and ended up completing it anyway.

Emma added: “They had raised over £450 for the cause and it was the first time Libbi was going to take part.

“It was terrible because they could have run the race anyway, Robert said it was only the first two water stations that were closed.

“I’ve said to the girls that we will do our own fun run anyway at Rother Valley Country Park and make it the same distance so they have done it in the end.”