New Sheffield half marathon organisers to be announced

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Organisers of a new half marathon event in Sheffield are expected to be announced tomorrow.

The organisation behind the event is due to be unveiled at the Peace Gardens, Pinstone Street, Sheffield, at 11am.

Former organisers stepped down following the chaos which surrounded this year’s annual race, which ended up getting cancelled when there was no water for runners on the day.

Thousands turned up for the event in April but were sent home when it was discovered that there was no water along the route for runners.

It was declared a health and safety issue but some runners who were unaware of the cancellation ran the race.

Spectators who lined the route bought water supplies from local shops and handed it out to runners.

Police attempted to block roads to try and stop determined runners, but their efforts failed.

The half marathon has been held in Sheffield since 2003 and had become a well respected road race before this year’s fiasco.

It has raised money for a number of local charities over the years including St Luke’s Hospice and Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

Mystery surrounds who exactly was at fault over the lack of water, but last month Sheffield Marathon Limited and Stourbridge Water Direct Limited issued a joint statement.

It said both parties had ‘reached an agreement in conclusion of all matters arising under which a contribution will be made to The Sheffield Marathon Limited for distribution to nominated charities’.

The day after the race cancellation in April organisers said it was ‘with huge disappointment and regret’ that they were forced to cancel the event ‘due to a problem with the delivery of water’.

It is feared by some that this year’s event may have an impact on how many runners enter the city’s next half marathon.