Luton Marathon

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03/12/2010 at 08:49

I'm interested to see the reasons why, I really hope its not some insurance or legal implication of doing it.  Especially as we all seem to be happy with the conditions and planning long runs on Sunday still...

03/12/2010 at 09:00
absolutely gutted.
03/12/2010 at 09:06
....but surely not as gutted as you'd be if you slipped and broke your ankle Laura and then couldn't even walk. I absolutely hope it is something to do with insurance/legal and plain sensible reasons for cancelling.....I want responsible people organising my races...people who can make TOUGH decisions about whether the weather is suitable. The organisers must be truly gutted, lots of time and effort goes into planning a race, let alone 2 races like this one. Good call organisers. Bravo. I hope you still plan a 2011 event.
03/12/2010 at 09:16
Kipperonabike - we can all think through the logic etc but please allow me to be gutted without any assumption of blame etc. I am gutted. full stop, what ever the reasons.
03/12/2010 at 09:20

The entry form states: "4) we will do so at our own risk and agree not to hold the organisers responsible in any way for any injury or loss resulting from our participation in the event.."

 My point being that there should be no legal liability on the organisers, there is a danger in all sport and if the organisers state on the morning thats its very icy in parts then we as responsible adults should be able to make the decision whether or not to run and not a lawyer.

I saw a guy get seriously injured at the MK half earlier this year when he ran into a slower runner and it had nothing to do with the weather or ice.

03/12/2010 at 09:27

. as an organiser it is a heck of a call to cancel.. BUT  you have to think of people coming from afar and having hotel reservations to cancel without incurring a cost. Also the thought of someone getting badly injured or even worse and a claim going in.They do not dot his lightly I can assure you. I just hope they reimburse everyone although no doubt it will say something to the contrary on the paperwork.......... When things go wrong is the time that companies etc make a name if they sort things quickly......and expediently

i do feel for you though.... but keep positive as they say

03/12/2010 at 09:27
Right, I need another marathon to do before the end of the year, have commited to do at least one a year and Luton was it due to injury earlier in year. DOn't want this to be the first year since 2003 that I haven't run one, was to be number 10 for me. Really don't want to treck over to Liverpool on New Years Eve and haven't the dosh to go abroad, anyone know of anything?
03/12/2010 at 09:28
Not an organisor of this event though.... thought I had better say that.....
03/12/2010 at 09:30

Sorry Laura, I'm disappointed too. Its not any sort of target run for me so I guess thats why I'm not 'full-on-gutted' too (and I also know I'm nowhere near PB fitness either).

03/12/2010 at 09:32

We appreciate that this will come as a great disappointment to all of you, but after much deliberation we have decided that we cannot allow the Luton Marathon to take place this year.

Having made a thorough risk assessment and sought the advice of the Safety Advisory Group, we have come to the conclusion that conditions are too dangerous to run. We have also taken into account the difficulties that many of you would have had to endure in trying to get here in the first place. Knowing that many of you need to make travel and accommodation arrangements has prompted us to move our decision forward.

This is not a decision that we have taken lightly, as a huge amount of work has been put in to get the event this far. The Luton Marathon is a labour of love for us, and we have all invested our time and effort (and our annual leave) into the organisation. The only reward that we seek is to provide an enjoyable safe race. And we aren’t able to do that.

Your personal safety and wellbeing has and always will be our primary concern, and whilst we understand that you might be frustrated, we hope you understand why we have had to make this very difficult choice.

Please could all of you who have already received your timing chip return it as soon as possible.

Please check the website soon for further news.

The Luton Marathon Team.

03/12/2010 at 09:34
Laura - Bournemouth Track Marathon 18th December? Bit of a treck for you, though not so likely to be cancelled - you need a 'counter' to count your laps for you. (edit - my son can count for you too)
Edited: 03/12/2010 at 09:38
03/12/2010 at 09:37
"Safety Advisory Group". I wonder how many cross countries they have run ?
03/12/2010 at 09:47

Oh my god, a track marathon, that might finish me off - will look into it though- thanks Kipper.

Weather here in Sheffield is so sunny and clear today, as forecasted, I can't believe conditions are going to be that bad on Sunday, things are supposed to clear up in next 48 hours and all evidence points to that happening.

Appreciate i am a bit narked and dissapointed here at the moment but am also kind of annoyed about the immediate ref above to us sending back the chip asap, of course i will do this as a matter of course but if this to facilitate a quick refund? if so excellent but it doesn't say that and just feels a bit pants ;( 

03/12/2010 at 09:55

This news would have been a lot easier to take if it had come when the organisers said they would assess the situation on Saturday. 48 hours is a LONG time in terms of weather conditions so why did the organisers not wait until Saturday to see if the course had cleared?

 I appreciate all the arguments about people getting there/hotel reservations etc. but at the end of the day it is up to those people whether they take a gamble or not cancelling their hotel. For all we know the course could clear within the next 24 hours.

03/12/2010 at 10:10

Thank you Dave.

Right, I'm with you Laura, I'd like do another before the end of the year but Bournmouth is too far and I plan on being extremely unfit on new years eve. Any others?

03/12/2010 at 10:22

If anyone wants to take their frustration out on a race course, the Milton Keynes Park  run is definately on tomorrow (different Safety Advisory Group?).  I had a confirmation email from the organisers.. 

03/12/2010 at 10:25
just found 2, Lisbon and Pisa
03/12/2010 at 10:37

Oh well. Not devastated as still getting over my cold. Anyone fancy joining me for a nice XC run in Richmond Park on Sunday? (Say midday).

I agree with the organisers on their decision. This would be a mass participation race on roads instead of a cross country. Trail shoes would probably be appropriate given the likelihood of ice but unpopular given surface and probably not available to everyone. Slipping injuries would have been highly likely and a claim would have been certain. Also, people travelling from far can hopefully cancel arrangements and not waste money as they would otherwise have done for a last moment cancellation.

03/12/2010 at 10:39

Very disappointed, I was hoping to try for a mara PB and had trained hard completing Beachy Head and 5 other 20 mile runs as prep!   Have to try and keep the fitness going now into the new year and enter some more races in the lead up to London.

Am suprised that they couldnt have waited until Saturday afternnoon to make final decision too...after all it will be 5degrees .

03/12/2010 at 11:09

I live about 15 miles from Luton. The forecast for my local area is for snow on both Saturday and Sunday. Yes, your local areas may be getting better but it looks like we are going to get what most of the country has already had.

Councils are not going to bust a gut to grit and salt roads in the early hours of Sunday morning. Driving to the start could be very very dangerous.

They may include statements about "running at your own risk" but that type of statement is not worth the paper its written on. Yes, if you trip over your own shoe lace but no if the course is not "fit for purpose". Its a mass organised event, they cannot wash their hands of their responsibility to the people taking part and if the course is expected to covered in snow or icy then they have to be responsible.

A tough call and I am as disappointed as the rest of you but not surprised. It was going to be my 19th marathon of the year. The weather is always a big risk with regards to winter marathons/running.

Better to know sooner than later.

Edited: 03/12/2010 at 11:10
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