BREAKING: New twist in Sheffield half marathon row as water firm pays out

Confusion at the start line of the Sheffield Half Marathon.
Confusion at the start line of the Sheffield Half Marathon.
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The water company involved in this year’s botched Sheffield Half Marathon has agreed to make a contribution to charity after the race was cancelled.

April’s race was axed at the last minute because of insufficient water supplies -although many runners completed the 13-mile course anyway because they could not hear the tannoy announcements.

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.

Voluntary organisers - who came under intense fire for the botched event from thousands of runners and community leaders, as well as international headlines - announced in June that they would not be putting it on again.

Today the former committee released a statement which said: “Following the cancellation of the Sheffield Half Marathon event on April 6, Stourbridge Water Direct Limited and The Sheffield Marathon Limited have reached an agreement in conclusion of all matters arising under which a contribution will be made to The Sheffield Marathon Limited for distribution to each of the nominated charities.

“No further comment will be made by either party.”