Sheffield Half Marathon cancelled

Yesterday, Sunday 6th April Sheffield Half Marathon was cancelled with participants on the start line. Organisers cancelled the race due to lack of water for runners.

Margaret Lilley, chair of the race organisers, said: "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.

There were 4,100 runners and confused ensued as many of them decided to continue on and run the race anyway.

Insp 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."

The race has been established for over 10 years and has been rated highly on our site, with over 92% of runners voting that they would do it again: 

This year comments have a different outlook on the event:

 “An embarrassment for Sheffield.” – RJK

“Best cancelled race ever thanks to Sheffield people stepping in to support rebel runners” - Magdalena Boo

“1. The organisers need to look up "contingency" and "communication" in the dictionary
2. The people of Sheffield were brilliant” – Tim Fellows

If you need details on refunds or compensation, please contact the race organisers’ directly entries@sheffieldmarathon.com and visit their website to read a statement by organisers.