In short: muddy with 6 hills and 2 scrambles In full: With the weeks rain came mud - great for an off-road race but the last 2 climbs were too slippery to run up, or was that something to do with the pain and fatigue??? Date of review: December 5, 2005
In short: Good fun but could have been better organised In full: Agree with some other posts that:
1. Too many runners who 'could' have been dealt with if there had been a bit more organisation
2. Marshalls on route very rare which is not good considering the potential for injury or other mishap is quite high
3. Didn't quite see the point of most runners avoiding the water obstacles where possible
Saying that I did get stuck in perhaps too enthusiastically with the water and paid the price, not having done a similar run before. Soon found myself convinced I had left my legs and resolve at the last water dip. Shocking how cold water sucks the energy out of you. Much more than 8 miles in what it takes out of you. Date of review: December 5, 2005
In short: Beauty and the beasts (8 to be exact) In full: A very well organised event, beautiful scenery (pleased the wife) lots of mud (that pleased me). The last two hills require ropes to ascend. The finish is superb and the marshalls were very encouraging. Will do again, perhaps as a pink fairy. Date of review: December 5, 2005
In short: Very nice route but a little bunchy in places In full: PB for me but could have been quicker if not bunched at 3 mile stage, overall very good race and very well organised. Date of review: December 5, 2005
In short: Dull but flat and fast In full: Dull scenery: a twisting course around New Town housing estates and the view is no better on the second lap. Flat so good chance of a PB but quite twisty. Mainly tarmac paths / cycle tracks with a short stretch on a firm earth path through a wood.
The website could have been more informative - I had to ask for directions to the start.
Nice T-shirt as memento - more tasteful than most Date of review: December 5, 2005
In short: Good race - better scenery than I expected for Luton. Tough hills. In full: I enjoyed it - a PB but I think I could have gone faster on a flatter course. Relay runners add a lot to the atmosphere too.
Organisation on the whole not too bad but badly let down by the water stations on the last lap. its the last thing you need in a marathon to have to do the last 9 miles with no water. worst thing was the last water station where you could see the water in the drum but the marshalls had clearly got bored and cleared off. if you say 5hr cut off then the marshalls should be there for 5 hours (i finished in 4.34 so they weren't even close) Date of review: December 5, 2005
In short: Well organised & friendly race.... but location leaves a little to be desired In full: Good organisation, friendly competitors & marshalls. Isotonic drinks at stops a definite plus. The course was half in luton .. which was not very nice, and half in the lanes just outside .. which was quite pleasant. Course undulating rather than hilly - nothing too drastic, All in all a good functional marathon and I had a great time - but the location and fact that is has 3 laps means its not necessarily to everyone's taste. Date of review: December 5, 2005
In short: Santa suit plus hangover = pain In full: Worth turning up for just for the novelty of being in amongst that many Santas but don't follow my build up of hideous drunkenness and less than 4 hours sleep if you want to enjoy it to the full.
Excellent goody bag but a few bottlenecks because of the council digging up the roads were a bit annoying. Still, no one's doing it for a PB are they? Date of review: December 5, 2005
In short: Good race for both beginners and the more seasoned runner In full: Well organised, excellent atmosphere, potential PB material. Good support from runners and non runners alike. Date of review: December 5, 2005
In short: Excellent for one's first race, fun and a worthy charity event In full: Anyone new to running would have to go along way to find a better race for the beginner. Lovely atmosphere, fun warm up session at the beginning accompanied by entertainment on the way - what more could ask from a fun run? Date of review: December 5, 2005
In short: Fantastic fun in a crazy way In full: Think it might have been more than 8 miles but hey who cares...sometimes its good to just run and have a laugh and not take it seriously. Made sure i took the well deep water puddles!!! through the middle and not around the edge. Couldn't feel my legs or feet after the first mile but had fun all the way round. loved the medal at the end too... Date of review: December 5, 2005