Don’t blame us, says water firm

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An Earls Colne company has dismissed claims that it was to blame for a marathon having to be cancelled at the eleventh hour.

The Sheffield Half Marathon was scrapped when water for the race participants did not arrive.

Many runners completed the race regardless, with spectators offering bottled water donated by local shops and cafes.

Water Direct, which is based on Earls Colne Business Park, said it withheld delivery having not been paid.

In a statement, a company spokesman, said: “We refute the comments being made by the organisers of the Sheffield Half Marathon that we let them down by failing to deliver the water to this event.”

The spokesman said they had been trying to communicate with the race organiser, but had so far received “few and mixed messages from different members of the organising committee”.

He added: “They did place an order on March 21 accepting our offer, the terms of which, as always, clearly state that full payment is required in advance of delivery.

“It is the payment that confirms the contract and triggers our process of scheduling delivery. In the absence of that payment, the scheduling did not occur.”

In response, a spokesman for the marathon’s organising committee, said: “We refute the comments made by Water Direct.

“The information it has provided conflicts with the information provided to the committee.”

Water Direct has offered to provide water at next year’s event for free.