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No Water For Thousands At Welsh 10K

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Sep. 14, 2011
  • Updated Sep. 14, 2011 at 8:48 AM UTC
The Cardiff 10K last weekend didn't have any water for runners at the halfway mark. Photo: Eurosport.com

Organizers blamed a supplier for the mishap.

The Cardiff 10K last weekend didn't have any water for runners at the halfway mark. Photo: Eurosport.com

A race director’s nightmare came true at the Cardiff 10K last weekend in Wales. At the event, organizers were not provided with enough water to hand out to runners. As a result, over 2,400 runners were left at the 5K mark with nothing to drink. Kidney Wales Foundation, the organizing body for the race, said that a “supply issue” caused the problem.

“Normally it is available and I did look for it but thought maybe I had missed it,” said one runner. “I spoke to a few runners and it was clear it wasn’t there. We did need it because it was hot.”

A race spokesman voiced his disappointment with the water supplier. “The race was let down by the suppliers of the water who had assured the organisers the supply for the morning.We can only apologise to runners and regret very much the discomfort it caused to certain runners at the 5K mark.”

Kenyan Milton Kiplagait and Alice Kemunto Mogire were the respective men’s and women’s winners.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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