Sheffield Half Marathon Cancelled Due To Lack Of Water But Rebel Runners Race Anyway

Organisers cancelled the race after failing to secure enough water. But that won’t stop the runners.

1. Sheffield’s half marathon was cancelled on Sunday morning after the organisers failed to secure enough water for the 5,000 runners.

South Yorkshire Police were unwilling to provide support to the event without sufficient water supplies.

4. But some runners decided that they didn’t need official backing for the 13 mile run, so set off anyway.

5. The BBC then claimed that South Yorkshire Police were fighting back by “attempting to set up road blocks to stop runners trying to cover the route”.

6. And the people of Sheffield set up unofficial water stops for the rebel runners.

Amazing people buying water & giving it t runners #sheffieldhalfmarathon @SheffieldStar @BBCSheffield @BBCLookNorth

— joanne mathieson (@joemathieson)

1 man has took it up on himself to supply the Sheffield half marathon with water #goodguy #sheffieldhalfmarathon

— Joe Wooding (@JWooding93)

8. Being Sheffield this water shortage happened while it was raining.

Unofficial water stations at Sheffield's half marathon as a water supplier failed to turn up!

— Hot Right Now (@hotrightnow14)

9. And the unofficial race kept on going.

Determined runners and volunteers doing the Sheffield half marathon inspite of the cancellation! Great effort!!!!

— Sachin Salvi (@drsachinsalvi)

The rebel runners of cancelled Sheffield marathon on Eccy Road. Spectators handing out the water.

— philo holland (@philoholland)

11. But what about all that water for the runners? Well, er, the delivery was a little bit late. And it eventually turned up, an hour after the race was cancelled.

Race director says water due for Sheffield Half Marathon has just arrived & they're working to get it to the finish line for those running.

— BBC Radio Sheffield (@BBCSheffield)

12. Someone is in a lot of trouble.

Awkward #ilovesheffieldhalf #sheffieldhalf

— AlexB (@NorthernGasMan)

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Jim Waterson is a politics editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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