Just got back from watching the Sheffield Half Marathon. The start was a bit of a shambles, firstly the start was delayed by half an hour which stretched out for a further 20 mins and then the announcer said it was cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances relating to safety reasons. The event had to be cancelled, "sorry everyone"
Even the Police looked confused, at this point some of the runners at the front of the start, shouted come on and urged everyone to start. Leaving the safety car behind and the Police outriders....Power to the people or what? All the runners flooded through the start, I didn't see any Police trying to stop any runners.
On the way back through the Don Vally Bowl those people employed by the organisers where as confused as everyone else until they were told that the run was going ahead as they couldn't stop the runners.
We got the tram and picked up the runners in town, from what we could see there was very few incidents the Police, Medics and Marshalls had to deal with if any.
However, questions need to be asked as this (reported by the BBC) apparently is a "private event"?
Who is Margaret Lilly and who does she represent?
The BBC reported that it was "her event"?
We returned to the Don Valley Bowl and just about all of the competitors were finishing we didn't see anyone who decided to not to run because it had been cancelled.
Are they going to rearrange the competitive run?
Will those who didn't run get their money back?
You would have thought that top of the organisers' check list would have been the water? To have been delivered at least a good 48 hours before if not the week before?