Charities do not know how much money they will receive from this year’s Sheffield Half Marathon, despite a statement from the organisers yesterday that they would receive payments.
The event was due to take place on 6 April, but was cancelled at the last minute because drinking water for runners was not delivered. More than 4,000 runners still ran the course.
The event had 10 official charity partners, including Safe@Last, a Sheffield-based charity that works with runaway children, Sheffield Wildlife Trust, St Luke’s Hospice and Support Dogs. The event organisers said in a letter to participants in June that any refunds of runners' entry fees would be taken from funds reserved for charities.
But a statement posted on the half marathon website yesterday by the organisers said: "Following the cancellation of the Sheffield Half Marathon event on 6th April 2014, Stourbridge Water Direct and the Sheffield Marathon have reached an agreement in conclusion of all matters arising, under which a contribution will be made to the Sheffield Marathon for distribution to each of the nominated charities. No further comment will be made by either party."
Third Sector contacted the four charities named above and all confirmed that they had been contacted by the organisers, but said they had no further details about when and how much they would be paid.
Rita Howson, chief executive of Support Dogs, said: "It’s wonderful to hear that we’ll be getting the money. It was really unfortunate what happened to this year’s event. But we haven’t been told anything further about the money we’ll receive."
A spokesman for St Luke’s Hospice said it had only been sent the same statement that had been made public yesterday.