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07/04/2014 at 10:25

agreed, but its not like the regulations were asking for saffron in kilo bags or ground unicorn horn.  it was water...any reasonable go getter could have rustled up a contingency plan and had water on the course at very short notice.

Cake    pirate
07/04/2014 at 13:00

Anyone know who the suppier was? Missed out on sheffield this weekend as was doing manchester. This might kill the race.

I'm surpliced they didn't leg it to costco/Macro/tesco's ect or something just before the start and ask for 4000 bottle's of water would have been a major publiserty stunt for the supermarket but getting it round the course might have been to much unless someone had some lorries handy.

Good to hear the local's came out in force through when folks did it anyway. But this is poor hoping this does't distroy the race for furture years there is a news story going round that there will be no re-fund's They don't have to give them but still rubbish.

07/04/2014 at 13:08

All the news reports just adding to the weight of the 'Water Mafia' like you can't function without two gallons of the stuff each day! People in the UK should be bloody happy with their tap water, alot of other people around the world would die for it.

Don't get me started on Evian with their fcuking weird baby adverts. Scummy industry.

07/04/2014 at 13:14

Regs stipulate that they have to have a certain amount of water (I don't have the figures for how much) for feedstations every 3 miles.  Margaret Lilley (chair of organisers) states that they did contact local supermarkets but they were still unable to satisfy those criteria, whatever they may be.  I suspect they'd have to have 4000 bottles of water at each of those stations (3, 6, 9, 12 and the end) so you're looking at 20,000 bottles of water.

If they were unable to meet safety regs, they were likely to be in breach of their licensing/contract which means that there may be insurance issues should anybody collapse on course.  They weren't prepared to risk being sued.

A couple of thoughts on refunds.  Race cancellation insurance is phenomenally expensive. They may not be insured.  This means that they will still have to pay for costs incurred.  They won't be able to claim to pay the athletes back.  This would potentially bankrupt them and jeopardize future races.  Also, race cancellation insurance may not cover them for something like this, which may well be down to human error and not terrible weather (for example.)

Lots of sides, lots of angles.  Must confess, I sit on the side of wondering why the water was being delivered on race morning.  I can see that they probably couldn't have it on course from Friday afternoon as it's a closed road event but you'd think they could have it being delivered slightly earlier than the news reports imply.

07/04/2014 at 13:18

That's how I see it. Surely the best thing to do is arrange to have the water delivered to some sort of storage facility several days in advance.

07/04/2014 at 13:51

I did a race once when they had had the water delivered to the feed stations the night before. By morning one load (on pallets) had been nicked. You can't win.

07/04/2014 at 14:51

Wot Mouse and Screamy said

kittenkat    pirate
07/04/2014 at 15:28
DeanR7 wrote (see)

agreed, but its not like the regulations were asking for saffron in kilo bags or ground unicorn horn.  it was water...any reasonable go getter could have rustled up a contingency plan and had water on the course at very short notice.

If you DO need unicorn horn, I know a supplier *nudgenudgewinkwink*

Crash Hamster    pirate
07/04/2014 at 20:00

As a wider point, the regulations are clearly nonsense. One water station at 7 miles is more than sufficient for a 1/2M; if you want more, carry it yourself!

This is what happens when governing bodies get hold of sports; the rules become more complex without there being any benefit... and the prices go up!

 

Cake    pirate
08/04/2014 at 19:02

Well looks like this might cause a few problems for the race and might even stop it happening from the local press shame It's always been a good one in the past and they have been under pressure from the bupa series that do a over priced 10k later on in the year. Hopefully it will be back. Latest from the fail out, Wonder why it took them two days to say that's why they didn't deliver? Thinking there is more to this.


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