Sheffield Half Marathon cancelled at last minute, 5000 "rebel" runners persevere, story from L'Equipe
Well, the race management at the Sheffield Marathon is looking pretty stupid today. And I do not use that word often. Minutes before the race start, they local constabulary and race management attempted to cancel the race. Reason: Oh, the water did not arrive.
Well, an estimated five thousand runners did the expected thing: bugger the cancellation and they are off! And guess what? As the word got out, folks along the course brought out hoses, water, you name it.
Reminds me of the "battle of the hoses", the 1976 Boston marathon where the cities around Boston came out and provided extra water to the Boston runners in a very hot and humid day.
Social media will literally eviscerate the management, and BBC has it all over. Our friends in Paris, L'Equipe, aware of all things sport (I love their magazine, and god, their newspaper with an espresso and tomato juice, I believe is now part of the French constitution), wrote the following piece about the Sheffield screw ups: http://www.lequipe.fr/Athletisme/Actualites/Penurie-d-eau-egale-chaos/455047