In short: A great way to cap the year off and enjoy the festivities guilt-free! My local marathon so I may be a little biased! In full: The heavy rain cleared before the start, and it was good to see the event take place successfully after the disappointment of last year.
Lucky with the weather (dry and cool) but the 20mph headwinds made this anything but plain sailing. For December, I would happily accept what we got!
The pre-race arrangements, e.g parking, changing, number/chip collection, and baggage were efficient handled. Good communication before and leading to the start.
A varied three lap course ranging from some threatening looking council estates to rolling farmland. A few twists and turns to keep the runner interested, and convenient for supporters and onlookers.
Marshals and drinks stations were brilliant, and good crowd support dotted around the course.
Reasonable flat with some undulation, but the wind was the main reason not to challenge a PB.
Proper finish gantry, and a walk back to race HQ proved to be a good way to warm down. Lovely medal (as usual) and a goodie to conclude a satisfying day.
Thanks to everyone involved in the organisation. Date of review: December 10, 2009
In short: Hard to rate a race which is cancelled. Would try again. In full: Frustratingly the race was cancelled due to an overturned car on the course. Marshals did the best they could in the circumstances and have offered a refund. Point to note for other race organisers-plan for the worst! The council should have gritted the route better, the start time should have been earlier to accommodate any delays and still allow for a 5 hour cut off. Still trying to recover from the disappointment - just got to focus on the next target now. Date of review: December 8, 2008
In short: Right decision made In full: Disappointing not to be able to run but completely agree with the organisers decision. It couldn't have been an easy one to make and the offer to refund was a generous one, showing good faith and proving how sympathetic the organisers were. I'll be donating my entry fee to the Pasque charity though, no question.
Will definitely be back next year to try again and will hope we get that lovely sunshine again ... but a few degrees warmer at least for an ice-free course! Date of review: December 8, 2008
In short: All considering you made the right decision In full: You cannot blame the organisers for an accident that was discovered just before the race was to start. What they did they did for the safety of all the runners and stewards. Yes I was disappointed but I will be back next year.
The attached link will explain how the stewards came to the decision to cancel the race and if any runner wishes to donate there refund to the Pasque Hospice then send an email to email@example.com providing you name and race number
http://www.lutonmarathon.org.uk/ Date of review: December 8, 2008
In short: Sob!!! In full: 440 mile round trip for my first marathon, if it had to be cancelled then fair enough. But it beggars belief that an overturned car can warrant the cancellation of a MARATHON. In the good old days it would have been pushed to one side, but to some Police forces a car on its roof is a major incident. I stayed in a hotel near Luton railway station, an area I never wish to see again, that is my only gripe. :-) Date of review: December 8, 2008
In short: organisers had the best interests of the runners in mind In full: it was a tough call, but they should be respected for making it. Sorry for all the people whose hopes were dashed by the ice and overturned car. Date of review: December 7, 2008
In short: Prilent Morning so far In full: It was a pity. But I will be back again...next year.I think There should close all the roads before the marathon like 8am inwhich good choice of idea to Close It by the Organiser. Date of review: December 7, 2008
In short: Disappointed the race had to be cancelled but what other choice could there be ? In full: I've done this race for the last 6 years. The organisation has always been excellent. The organisers had no choice but to cancel the race today due to an overturned car on the course and the time it was taking to clear it. I agree that it's a disappointing for runners, paricularly those who travelled some distance to the event (I myself travelled from Derby for the race), but also for the organisers and the marshals who had given up their time to arrange and support this event. There are very few marathons left on the race calendar and we should encourage and support those that there are.
A few years ago the Worksop Half was cancelled with everyone lined up on the start line due to fallen trees across the course route due to high winds. They held the race 3 weeks later very successfully. Is there any possiblility of rearranging the race for early January 09 ? Date of review: December 7, 2008