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The organiser of a marathon has said that competitors will receive their promised shirts despite a delay of more than two months.
As part of their fee for the North Norfolk Marathon, Half-marathon and Mini-marathon entrants were promised a t-shirt.
But despite the races taking place in May athletes are still awaiting their shirts.
Jodie McCallum, race director of the North Norfolk Marathon, has said difficulties with printing had caused the issues and that shirts should be on their way to participants soon.
She said: “Everybody will get their t-shirts.
“We ordered t-shirts like we have done for every other event we have done and I am afraid they didn’t turn up.
““We paid for the shirts but they never arrived.
“It turns out that they were being shipped from China which I didn’t realise.
“We have ordered more from another company and they should hopefully be arriving soon.
“I am hoping in the next week.”
The marathon course starts at Holkham Hall before it goes along the coast and past Wells Quayside.
Entry for this year’s marathon cost £35 while the half-marathon cost £25.
Florist Natalie Southgate, from Cawston, took part in the marathon for the last two years and said she was disappointed not to have received her shirt.
Mrs Southgate, a member of Reepham Runners, said: “Runners wear their t-shirts to show what they have achieved.
“You can’t go around with your medal on all day so its a nice way to be able to show the hard work you have put in.
“As events go it is expensive so you should get something decent to show for it.
“The London Marathon is about £30 and they close half of the city for that.
“I won’t be running it again next year.
“It is a shame because it is a lovely route.”
Mrs Southgate added that food supplied to runners was not what entrants were used to.
The races have been run through the company 4shore which has also organised triathlon events in the area.
Mrs McCallum said: “This is the last year I am organising it for a number of reasons.
“4shore is no longer going.
“I am not sure if there will be a marathon next year as it depends on finding someone to hand over to.”
Other runners also voiced their discontent.
Lisa Hewitt, a member of the 100 Marathon Club said: “The North Norfolk Marathon this year was my 125th Marathon and I was very much looking forward to it.
“Especially the medal and free Tec top like we got last year.
“But sadly as I crossed the finish line after running in very hot temperatures I was handed a very cheap looking medal and was then informed that the tec tops were not there either, I was gutted.”
But some entrants said that they had enjoyed the marathon and were not to worried about the missing shirts.
Half-marathon winner Lee Cook, from Lowestoft, said: “Personally I’m not fussed about the T-shirt as I have dozens from all the races I do. “The race was well organised in a really nice location and supported very well by the spectators and marshals.”
Did you take part in the North Norfolk Marathon event? Contact reporter Doug Faulkner at firstname.lastname@example.org