The London Marathon is facing pressure to make separate ‘finisher T-shirts’ for male and female runners following complaints that their current unisex design is “sexist” to female participants.
Equality campaigners have said the fits of the New Balance t-shirts given to all runners who cross the finish line are too big for women as they cater to the size of an average man.
Far from leaving female participants with a sense of pride after completing the 26.2 mile event, many discarded the garments or refused to pick them up at last year’s event because they assumed they wouldn’t be the correct shape.
There are now mounting calls for the London Marathon to provide a range of t-shirts for each gender so it falls in line with the polices adopted by other prestigious competitions such as the TCS Amsterdam and Paris International marathons.
Maud Hodson, a member of the East London Runners and a representative from the Run Equal Campaign who champion gender equality in athletics, said the oversized t-shirts can make many women feel unwelcome.
Ms Hodson, who has been running for a decade, found the dark Grey thin polyester t-shirt given to competitors at the end of the 2018 London Marathon far too big for her.