Refunds on the way but racegoers are still angry

ANGER is continuing over the cancellation of a 10k endurance race in Northumberland.

The Norse Challenge was dubbed the most extreme 10k adventure race.

Taking place at Druridge Bay, it was set to see runners tackling a host of challenges, such as wading through mud and crawling under barbed wire.

It was due to be held on July 28, but on the day, after runners had registered, it was cancelled with organisers saying it was down to adverse weather and hypothermic conditions.

The event was re-arranged for the weekend of September 7 and 8.

But at the end of August it was again cancelled with no explanation from the organisers.

A statement on the event’s website said: ‘It is with great regret we inform you The Norse Challenge 2013 is cancelled.

‘We are refunding everyone. We estimate around 400 refunds are still to be processed. We are working through them as quickly as possible.’

But the Herald has learnt that some people are still waiting for a refund.

Carl Stewart, from Amble, received his refund last week after having to contact organiser Keith Turner through Facebook.

He said: “It has been a disaster from start to finish. We had friends come from Gateshead for nothing, then to be embarrassed in front of people really annoyed me and I’m still waiting now for the apology about it.

“Too much, too soon for the organisers in my eyes. Still no reason why it was cancelled.”

Mr Turner said: “All monies are now with Paypal and Groupon and I have posted on the website how everyone can speed up their refund.”

He did not respond when asked about why event had been cancelled.