Sheffield race water ‘not paid for’

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Runners have blasted Sheffield Half Marathon’s organisation as ‘embarrassing’ – as it was revealed water supplies were not paid for before the race.

Water Direct said payment for its tanks was not made in advance as required, despite organisers being reminded and the cash being paid up front for the last two years .

But organisers claim they were never told they had to pay the £3,000 beforehand – and could easily have done so.

Runner John Coldwell, of Swallownest, said: “It’s just a shambles. This is symptomatic of everything else that seemed to be wrong about the way it was organised.”

Student Joseph Elliot, of Broomhill, agreed: “It is ridiculous. I don’t know what they expected to happen if the water hadn’t been paid for.”

Killamarsh mum Julie Burgon, whose two sons ran, said: “It has put Sheffield in a really bad light – we are supposed to be a city of sport.”

Mick Ward, of Derbyshire, said: “If it’s proved they didn’t pay for it, that they were aware of it needing to be paid for and they had used this company before, in my opinion that is just negligent.”

And Mandy Moore of Totley AC said the money not spent on the water should now be used to refund at least the entrants who did not run.