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Sheffield Half Marathon cancelled but runners still take part

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Over 4000 runners were left angry and confused after the Sheffield Half Marathon was cancelled due to a lack of water at the event.

The participants were waiting on the start line for around half an hour when an announcement was made stating the race had been cancelled. Many of the runners however chose to run the course of the race anyway, with some unaware of the cancellation at all.

The organisers of the popular event said they had been let down by their water supplier, who were supposed to deliver the bowsers of water in the morning prior to the race. 

South Yorkshire Police said they had initially attempted to set up road blocks to prevent people from taking part following the lack of water, but later decided it was safer to allow them to compete. 

Speaking to BBC, Inspector Neil Mutch, of South Yorkshire Police, said: "We attempted to convince runners not to carry on, but decided it was a lesser risk to let them run the race."

Several runners only realised the event was called off after they had ran a couple of miles of the course, with kind members of the public taking to local supermarkets and their homes to distribute water bottles for the runners. 

After the race a number of the participants expressed their anger not at the cancellation of the race, but the way they were informed. Many heavily criticised the poor organisation of the event, with some saying they will not be returning to take part again.

Having carried out months worth of training prior to the event as well as having a number of people sponsor the charity you are running for, it is understandable that the runners were so irate. 

Sport England later apologised for the disruption, tweeting: "We're very sorry to hear of the cancellation of #sheffieldhalfmarathon. We admire everyone who has trained hard & made it to the start line.”

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