Sheffield race didn’t pay us for the water

Thirty work – children hand out bottles of water to runners during Sunday’s Sheffield half marathon

Thirty work – children hand out bottles of water to runners during Sunday’s Sheffield half marathon

First published in News

A COMPANY has defended its decision not to provide water for the Sheffield Half Marathon causing the event to be cancelled.

The race, on Sunday, was scrapped at the last minute because water for the runners did not arrive.

The 4,100 runners were already at the start line when the announcement was made. Some of them completed the course anyway.

Water Direct, based at Earls Cone Business Park, was asked to provide massive water tanks so organisers could fill bottles and cups.

It did not provide the water because organisers had not paid up.

Keith Silcock, managing director, said: “We refute the comments being made by the organisers that we let them down."

Read the full story in today's Gazette.

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3:21pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Say It As It Is OK? says...

Fair comment, I bet the truth won't get the same publicity the organisers got when they claimed they had been let down.
Fair comment, I bet the truth won't get the same publicity the organisers got when they claimed they had been let down. Say It As It Is OK?
  • Score: 14

3:54pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Scoot says...

something fishy is going on the event is organised by a ltd company, not by say a Council, athletics club, or a charity organisation. They are not even giving entrants their money back saying theres a clause in the entry which means they don't have to. If I was Inspector Knacker of the Yard I'd be investigating the directors of the marathon company, that is if they aren't currentlty lying on some sunbed in spain.
something fishy is going on the event is organised by a ltd company, not by say a Council, athletics club, or a charity organisation. They are not even giving entrants their money back saying theres a clause in the entry which means they don't have to. If I was Inspector Knacker of the Yard I'd be investigating the directors of the marathon company, that is if they aren't currentlty lying on some sunbed in spain. Scoot
  • Score: 7

4:33pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Route88 says...

The date for payment would be in the contract. If the suppliers were not paid on the due date they were under no obligation to supply the water.
The date for payment would be in the contract. If the suppliers were not paid on the due date they were under no obligation to supply the water. Route88
  • Score: 9

9:18pm Thu 10 Apr 14

hughie-s says...

If I was organising an event such as this on the Friday I would have been ringing round all the suppliers to double check that all arrangements were in place and they knew what to do. With the water supply I would have thought while a minimum quantity would have been specified the exact amount needed would not be decided until a few days beforehand, heatwave then more needed that if it is pouring with rain.
If I was organising an event such as this on the Friday I would have been ringing round all the suppliers to double check that all arrangements were in place and they knew what to do. With the water supply I would have thought while a minimum quantity would have been specified the exact amount needed would not be decided until a few days beforehand, heatwave then more needed that if it is pouring with rain. hughie-s
  • Score: 0

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