BREAKING: Water company ‘not paid’ for half marathon supplies

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 blamed for not delivering supplies to the Sheffield Half Marathon has revealed it was not paid before the run.

Water Direct today said it ‘refuted’ claims from organisers that it had let them down – while the chairman of trustees at Sheffield Marathon Limited claims they were never told they had to pay the £3,000 in advance.

A spokesman said the firm quoted organisers for the provision of temporary water tanks.

It added: “They did indeed place an order on March 21 accepting our offer, the terms of which, as always, state that full payment is required in advance of delivery.

“It is that payment that confirms the contract and triggers our process of scheduling the assets for delivery.

“In the absence of that payment, despite our reminding them of the need to pay, the scheduling did not occur.”

Organisers of the Sheffield half marathon cancelled Sunday’s run at the eleventh hour – saying there was insufficient water to meet requirements.

Robert Jackson, chairman of trustees, told The Star: “This is the dispute that exists between the two. We are saying we were never told that we had to pay in advance.

“We could have paid, we were in a position to pay.

“We believed we could pay afterwards and not before. We are saying we were not reminded.”

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