Water reassurance ahead of Sheffield run

Freestyle-skier Katie Summerhayes, centre, helps launch the Great Yorkshire Run in Sheffield.
Freestyle-skier Katie Summerhayes, centre, helps launch the Great Yorkshire Run in Sheffield.
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Runners have been reassured there will be sufficient water for Sheffield’s next major race after the last-minute cancellation of the city’s half marathon.

More than 2,000 people have already signed up for the Bupa Great Yorkshire Run on September 28 – which will be led by official starter and freelance skier Katie Summerhayes.

Runners set off in the 2013 Great Yorkshire Run in Sheffield.

Runners set off in the 2013 Great Yorkshire Run in Sheffield.

A lack of water supplies caused the half marathon to be axed at the eleventh hour but hundreds of runners still completed the course unaware of the fiasco.

Speaking at the official launch of the Bupa event, David Hart from organiser Nova International, said: “Loads of planning goes into all our events, we have more than 200,000 people take part across the UK in our events.

“Rest assured there will be water at the start, on the finish, and on the course. I guarantee it.

“The half marathon was obviously disappointing and a lot of people were upset but what I would say is that the decision to cancel the event, in our opinion, was the right one.”

Organisers of the half marathon, just over a month ago, are still investigating why the water supplies did not turn up.

The Bupa run starts on Arundel Gate before heading down Penistone Road to Hillsborough in a 10K route.

Olympic champion Katie Summerhayes, who has just returned to her home in Crystal Peaks from competing in Italy, said it was an ‘honour’ to be the honorary starter.

The 18-year-old added: “People from Sheffield have supported me so much over the years with the Olympics, so I am really honoured to be able to set people off.

“It’s a little bit different from my usual sport and I haven’t ran in a while.

“I will train as normal and then start building it up just before.

“I can’t wait, I think the atmosphere will be amazing.”

The eighth Great Yorkshire Run will also include routes for children aged between three and eight, and nine to 15.

Last year 5,000 people took part, with an estimated £500,000 raised for runners’ charities. Live music will also be staged in the Sheffield Peace Gardens as part of the annual Sensoria Festival.

Dad Phil Bailey, 42, is on his marks to boost the National Autistic Society as his son Ashley has Asperger’s Syndrome.

The health and safety consultant, of Herries Road, said: “The Sheffield Autism Society have helped us with so many different things over the years.

“I’ve been running for a couple of years but wanted to step it up and give myself a challenge.”

Nicola Elvin is running for the Sheffield Hospitals Charity.

The 30-year-old, of Crookes, said: “I was a rebel runner at the Sheffield half marathon, it wasn’t just the water but there was no music and excitement.

“It was definitely a good atmosphere at the Great Yorkshire last year so I am really looking forward to it.”