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    Sheffield Half Marathon Watered Down

    Sheffield runners defy cancellation and roadblocks to finish half-marathon | UK news | theguardian.com

    Louis and Grace Mitchell hand out water during the Sheffield half-marathon after organisers said their supplier had not delivered any. Photograph: @lizforcards

    There were chaotic scenes in Sheffield on Sunday as the city's half-marathon was cancelled at the last minute because of lack of water for its 5,000 runners.
    South Yorkshire police initially tried to set up road blocks as thousands decided to run the route anyway, but later decided it was safer to let them complete the run.
    Runners had gathered at the start when organisers announced news of the cancellation, saying they had been let down by the company that was due to supply water bowsers for the event.
    Those who ran regardless were supplied with water by local people along the route.
    Organisers tweeted: "It is with huge dissapointment [sic] & regret that we have been forced to cancel this year's race due to a problem with the delivery of water."
    They later tweeted: "Those who crossed the finish line with their race number will be timed & we'll be providing a list of all finishers and their times."
    South Yorkshire police said many participants had chosen to run. The force, which was already present on parts of the marathon route to close roads to motorists, added: "Working with the organisers, officers attempted to speak to participants who had chosen to run and divert them on to a shorter route to the finish line.
    "However, officers have kept their positions and stance with the initial road closures to motorists to protect all the runners and ensure their safety is maintained."
    Explaining the decision to cancel, Margaret Lilley, chair of the race organisers, told the BBC: "We had a problem with the supply of water. The company we had asked to supply bowsers for the route did not arrive this morning.
    "We have scoured supermarkets around the city, but unfortunately we have not been able to secure enough water for the medical and safety officers of the race to say that it is safe to go ahead. We therefore took the very reluctant decision to cancel the race.
    "Runners had waited half an hour or more to start. When we made the announcement the runners decided that they wanted to race anyway, and all 5,000 of them set off."
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    Does not surprise Me.
    The wimps that run the show called "Great Britain" beggars belief.
    The whole week since last weekend whenever a customer predictably spoke about the weather.
    Weather they liked it or not, I would point out the Sahara sand that floated down like fairy dust upon a parched England, and ask, "Where is the Sahara?"
    Answer " I don't know"
    An Irish customer laughed along with Me at tales of total inadiquencies with English Folks Geography.
    One old women suggested that I Google Sahara if I don't know where it is.
    "Know where it is, I heard tales about the Sahara when I was a lad from My Father, how He fought in the Sahara against Rommel"
    Just wish Me old Man was here to see what He fought for.

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    Went out for a 30 min cycle came back retching up brown african poluted sand gunk.

    Glad i didn't run a marathon.

    Personally i think the organisers did the right thing.

    Could be worse.......could be in China.

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    Like everything scared of being sued. Clever really Organizers announce the race is canceled then in a much quitter voice says"GO"

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