BREAKING: Water firm in Sheffield half marathon fiasco ‘still probing’ causes

Sheffield Half Marathon runners.
Sheffield Half Marathon runners.
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The company at the centre of the Sheffield half marathon fiasco still has no answers as to why water supplies were not provided on time.

Water Direct said today that the exact causes behind the cancellation of Sunday’s event, blamed on a problem with the delivery of water by the supplier, remained under investigation.

The firm, which also supplied the London 2012 Olympic games, confirmed that the organisers of the half marathon had approached the company in February and a quote had been provided for temporary drinking water tanks.

It has now offered under-fire organisers a free water supply next year.

A statement from the Midlands-based company, released today, said: “We are devastated that this event had to be cancelled and are investigating and liasing closely with the organisers to establish exactly what led to this outcome.”

Keith Silcock, managing director of Water Direct, added: “We appreciate the efforts of everyone involved in organising and taking part in this event, and the people of Sheffield who supported it.

“As a gesture of goodwill Water Direct shall be offering a free water supply service to next year’s Sheffield Half Marathon.

“We can certainly assure there will be no problems whatsoever and hope this goes some way to restoring the pleasure and benefits of this event to the people of Sheffield.”

See tomorrow’s Star for more on this story.