In short: Teething problems In full: My home town's 2nd half marathon, therefore I will give it some leeway with the teething problems. One major gripe involved the mile markers, which seemed out off sync from mile 4 onwards. They were too short, thus I didn't run a half marathon!! The race hq is not big enough. There is sufficient space at stockwood park to use marquees for baggage storage etc to help with the congestion. Perhaps more of wardown park could be used to keep the bushmead residents happy before they start throwing rotten tomatoes at the runners next time due to the road closures!! The shuttle pick up was from Gordon street and not Wellington street, which would of saved my aching limbs a 5 min walk if I knew that this had been changed before hand.
Overall, good atmosphere with the runners and I will be back. Date of review: October 26, 2014
In full: Being a Lutonian and a runner who's never done this, I thought it was about time. I enjoyed it, particularly as I personally had spectator support. There was some good support from the general public - hope the more this is held the more locals will come out to support. Perhaps a local band could play in the town centre and this could help turn it into more of a community event.
Marshalls were ok but could have made a little more effort to give directions on occasions, ie to give directions if there's noone in front of a runner. Also more encouragement from marshalls would make this race all the more enjoyable.
The pre race communication was very good. What might help during the registeration is to have one person to deal with queries, and one person to ask all runners to check their number before getting in the queue. Then rely on what number runners give and don't check this off against the name - then registeration would be much quicker.
Thank you to all those organising and holding this event.
In short: pleasantly surprised by this race! In full: After reading all terrible reviews last year, I was in two minds as to if I should enter but I was pleasantly surprised. Good points -nice touch having your bib personalised -no shortage of marshalls! -the best runner support with fellow runners supporting one another during the race -great little boost when running through the town the man calling out runners name out -amazing medal
Cons -the organisers did not measure outro the router as it was only 12.9 as we were meant to go further in the Luton Hoo instead we were turned around at the drinks station -lack of signs to get to the stadium -over crowded registration and lack of toilets Date of review: October 26, 2014
In short: Great Marshalls, traffic free - well done loveluton! In full: Very impressed with the organisation. Good course with helpful marshalls, enthusiastic spectators and some scenic bits like luton hoo. My garmin measured it at 12.8 but that's maybe because it is cheap - the goodie bag could definitely lose all the guff about the busway (which cost a lot of public money and nobody uses). But that's not the fault of the race organisers who were top class! Date of review: October 26, 2014
In short: Tough course , nice crowd In full: I was glad to see this on the calendar as it is quite local for me as I live in Leighton Buzzard. Communication with the organisers was great leading up to the race with plenty of info and instructions via email. The race was organised partly by Stopsley Striders and the atmosphere pre-race was good . The gathering at the Leisure Centre was organised and it was easy to collect your chip and number and there was free massages available before and after the race. The race start was cramped and should be changed for next year. I enjoyed the route , a mix of urban and scenic - I wish we could have spent more time around Luton Hoo as the next 8 miles was mainly moderate hill climbs . Water stops with cups were frequent and the volunteers were excellent and knew what they were doing. Full marks to the people who came out to support the runners. No marks to the ignorant morons in cars who were arguing with the marshalls at the road blocks - really out of order and i felt for those people who had given their time to manage the roads but got abuse for it . The finish involved another climb in the the last 400 metres which was annoying , and then a run one way and back in the town centre. The finish wasa let down with no banner etc , but I have learned that they took this down before hand because of the strong winds. Poor goody bag - neat medal. Shuttle bus takes you back to the start . I would consider this again if they altered the course to put in more flat sections. I got a PB but it was challenging ! Date of review: November 3, 2013
In short: Good idea, but problems because not organised by runners In full: A really well intentioned race, with ambitious road closures and good pre-race information.
I quite liked the course. In terms of an urban race, I thought it was better than the first half of London (for instance).
But so much not thought through. The start was far too narrow and I hate to think what might have happened if there was a larger entry - so if it's run again with more runners that definitely needs to change.
There were plenty of marshals, but little encouragement or directions given. The last mile was a lucky dip as far as directions were concerned.
I thought the finish was poorly placed and the PA was a pain. A finish in say Wardown Park would surely have worked better.
So, next year, a different start and a different finish and try and get more runners marshaling, or at least brief them better. Also get more people involved who have experience of organising running events. Date of review: October 31, 2013
In short: Local race for me - tried hard to like but........ In full: All in all agree with a lot of the comments - tried hard to like but many (too many?) glitches? - the worst was the ignorant drivers giving the marshalls angry verbal harassment and not understanding what a "closed road sign meant". I have marshalled myself and really feel for those people. As has been said a route needing the closure of 200 roads for the first event was maybe too ambitious. Start was a bit strange and the finish was bizarre . Postive was the support on the course but the shocking behaviour of some of the motorists lived up to the negative stereotypes that Luton has. Date of review: October 28, 2013
In short: Good effort for 1st running of race, a few easy to address issues In full: Apart from the start being very cramped, I enjoyed the race, plenty of Marshall's on the course, most of whom were encouraging. Yes cars did get onto the course, but how many people would stand in front of a car driving at them. The advance warning signs along the route in the week prior to the race could've been more apparent, putting an a4 piece of laminated paper with tiny writing on various lamposts on the course isn't much of a warning to road users. Good medal and goody bag, but agree it wasn't obvious as to where you got them from. Date of review: October 28, 2013
In short: Great race.. In full: I really enjoyed the race, I was in the lead pack the whole race. I knew the race finished at the town hall, so I started my finishing sprint outside the liquid/chicago's night club - only to find I had to run the length of the whole of the Arndale centre and back again! Although I should have looked at the route better, looked at my garmin or realised I'd not long run past the 12 mile marker!
Otherwise I thought the marshalls did a good job in difficult circumstances. I didn't expect it to be 100% traffic free, this isn't the London Marathon so the whole route didn't have barriers..
The lead bike was very helpful the whole way round and there was some good support on course.
Luton is hilly, so the only way to have a flat traffic free course would be a small course with several laps...
I know other races where they have to hold traffic have the police do it (like the Flitwick 10k on the Flitwick to Woburn road).
Thanks for a good first event, I hope you do the same next year.. Date of review: October 28, 2013
In full: I feel these comments are harsh - the excellent Marshalls did their best against hideous behaviour by motorists...parking, toilets and drink stations all excellent and finish made for a great atmosphere compared to many of the much more expensive races I have done..It is their first year and yes there was need for a finish marker ideally over the road but well done for all the organisers hard work. Date of review: October 27, 2013