In short: Surprising pleasant course with fantastic marshalls In full: Marshalls were very encouraging and provided great support. Great organisation all round.
The course was tough, the hills and wind really took their toll by the third lap. Scenery was pleasant enough once out of the housing estates. Managed to get an 11min PB and under 3hrs 15 for the first time.
I strangely enjoyed the lap format - probably as I thought in terms of laps rather than miles.
I thought the eco goody bag was a nice change from the usual cotton T shirt that never gets worn again.
It was also fun walking from the finish up the hill to the HQ in the sports hall ;-) Date of review: December 7, 2009
In short: I ran this as part of a relay team.. In full: Not sure if I could run three laps of this course but as a relay race it works extremely well. A big thumbs up to the marshals who braved the wind and gave great encouragement to all the runners.
Well organised and will definitely be back next year Date of review: December 7, 2009
In short: Nice end of year run In full: Good to get one last mara in before the Christmas party season starts. I like lap coures. Seems to be easier in my head. Instead of concentrating on say 20 or 22 miles before the energy levels go, you think about laps and before you know it, your on the last one. Only complaint - the goody bag is fairly useless. Much prefer a t-shirt. Sorry to moan. Big thank you to all the marshalls as always. I ran last years race when it was cancelled, so it was nice to have some company yesterday! Date of review: December 7, 2009
In short: A good race with a real mix along the route In full: Marshals were great and enthusiastic - actually made you feel as if they were pushing for you the individual.
Parking was an slight issue - perhaps radios between the roundabout and car park marshals would help? It would have been nice to have bottles of water rather than the cups but I do appreciate the cost impacts of that.
The wind made the second and then definitely the last lap harder still.
May well be back! Date of review: December 7, 2009
In short: Well organised event. In full: This was my 6th Luton marathon and, as always, it was very well organised with the usual excellent marshalls.
It is always one of my favourite races as you get that end of term feeling as everyone is out to do one last marathon before the end of the year. Keep up the good work. Date of review: December 7, 2009
In short: Well-organised, excellent marshals In full: No frills but good well-organised race - shame about the wind though! Marshals all very supportive and well located. Would be good if the post-race bananas were at the finish rather than needing to go to the sports hall. Date of review: December 7, 2009
In short: Great preperation for the upcoming festive over indulgence In full: Never an easy course. Quite exposed in places and always seems to be windy. Extremely well organised, and the support from the marshalls was superb. First decent energy drink I've ever had in a race. Not convinced by the goody bag, I prefer the t-shirt they normally provide. Overall great satisfaction in getting a marathon in before the festive over-indulgence kicks off. Date of review: December 7, 2009
In short: A good end of year marathon that is well organised. Lap courses are good for the organiserss but not sure about it when you know what you have to repeat 3 times! Date of review: December 7, 2009