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06/04/2014 at 18:31

Sheffield Half Marathon. Cancelled because of a lack of water.

How soft do the organisers think the runners are?

06/04/2014 at 18:34

As soft as the first timer who doesn't know what he is doing.

That's the problem.  An experienced runner could probably go without water given how mild the weather is, but a beginner who is already pushing themselves to the limit could get into medical trouble without sufficient hydration.  The organisers have to consider everyone and all abilities when they make their judgement call

Also, if it was run under UKA rules, I think that water every 5k is a condition of the race license but I'm willing to be corrected on that if I have it wrong

kittenkat    pirate
06/04/2014 at 18:35
RicF wrote (see)

Sheffield Half Marathon. Cancelled because of a lack of water.

How soft do the organisers think the runners are?

Surely not?

kittenkat    pirate
06/04/2014 at 18:41

OMG, yes that's what they are reporting on the news. But REALLY?

 

kittenkat    pirate
06/04/2014 at 18:44
SuperCaz wrote (see)

As soft as the first timer who doesn't know what he is doing.

That's the problem.  An experienced runner could probably go without water given how mild the weather is, but a beginner who is already pushing themselves to the limit could get into medical trouble without sufficient hydration.  The organisers have to consider everyone and all abilities when they make their judgement call

Also, if it was run under UKA rules, I think that water every 5k is a condition of the race license but I'm willing to be corrected on that if I have it wrong

Caz, I was about to post similar. I won't take a drink in a half, surely they could have let the race start for the people that would have raced without a drink? How fucking soft is the running world coming to?

06/04/2014 at 18:48
Ah But that's Yorkshire, perhaps they were going to sell it at each water station ?
kittenkat    pirate
06/04/2014 at 18:49

Bet the organisers feel like shit though on the other side of the coin. I'm going to sound like one of those people that race in old Dunlops with holes in the toe now...

BUT, it's a run. Where did it all go so wrong that we can't just let people rock up and run? If you know there's no water (how did that even happen?), just make that known and let grown adults decide if the want to compete or not.

Nanny state.

 

kittenkat    pirate
06/04/2014 at 18:52

Just caught the latest, some people ran anyway and the spectators bought them water and passed it out.

 

kittenkat    pirate
06/04/2014 at 19:01

There's a race down here that all the local running clubs take part in. It's a relay, not marshalled and the last time I ran it, my leg (which was 11 miles) went through several fields of knee high stinging nettles, then a couple of electic fences on farmland, followed by a railway line.

This isn't the game of 'My race is more likely to win you a Darwin Award than yours'.

But I think a certain perspective has been lost regarding the essence of the sport.

I hope the bubble wrap they ordered turned up, as to lose that as well as the water would have been very unlucky.

kittenkat    pirate
06/04/2014 at 19:08

But on the flip side of the coin, as a race organiser myself. I know how pressurised it is, however I ONLY have sympathy with people that don't get paid for it and do it for free like we do (with next to zero time with our own work/life stuff). If you get paid, really there is no excuse.

Edited: 06/04/2014 at 19:09
06/04/2014 at 19:11

My Grandad says in his day people used to go days without water whilst cowering in bunkers from German bombs.

But then he also claimed he walked uphill 10 miles to school ... both ways.

So I take his claims with a pinch of salt.

 

 

kittenkat    pirate
06/04/2014 at 19:19
The real Mr I wrote (see)

My Grandad says in his day people used to go days without water whilst cowering in bunkers from German bombs.

But then he also claimed he walked uphill 10 miles to school ... both ways.

So I take his claims with a pinch of salt.

 

 

I'm guessing the subtext of this post is you're feeling a little unfit at the moment?

Just a question, only ever a question.

06/04/2014 at 19:34

lol, no ...... although its been a pretty busy few months for me which hasn't helped ... but thats all sorted now ...

 

 

07/04/2014 at 06:33
Dave, Yorkshire folk wouldn't sell the water, it'd still be free but we'd give our traditional war cry as we picked it up. 'OW MUCH???
07/04/2014 at 08:12

What a complete embarrassment it's not like we live in Sudan, we are a small island where it never stops fucking raining

07/04/2014 at 09:12

shame the organisors didnt think, if i send someone to the major supermarkets and buy all the plastic cups and get some local with a hose pipe to fill them up constantly or buy cheap own brand water bottles we could get over this masssive issue

07/04/2014 at 09:19

I dont think they cancelled it because they thought people couldn't get round without a drink, I think they cancelled it because if someone collapsed of dehydration their H and S officials would have been in a lot of (legal) trouble. Someone was covering their own arse?

As it was many of us ran anyway and the good people of Sheffield came out of their homes and businesses with water and sweets. Many people spectating went to supermarkets and bought water out of their own money to give to strangers to help them finish. My first half I plodded round (never walked!) and finished approx 2.25, chuffed but a bit hungover today

07/04/2014 at 09:20
A very simple solution Dean.
You wonder why they weren't considering this at some point on the Saturday when the shops were still open?
Surely as an organiser you would make sure stuff like water was already on-site at least 24 hrs before the start to give you time to go to Plan B if that was necessary.
07/04/2014 at 09:49

Completely agree Millsy.

cougie    pirate
07/04/2014 at 10:01
Massive cockup there - but these things do happen occasionally.

Personally - it wouldnt matter to me about no water on a cool day - but as I understand it - the regulations for races are that you have to have water stations in a half. If they'd gone ahead - then their insurance wouldn't cover them, and it would only take one sneaky lawyer...
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