Agree with Sean - at least we know it advance...I dont know about anyone else but the uncertainty of it all this week has been worse than the flipping training! Must of been a tough decision for the organisers.
I was running this for a friend who has Hodgkins Lymphoma so I have a lot of sponsor money riding on this run.
I am going to do 3 laps of Richmond Park instead on Sunday - think its about 23 miles altogether so if anyone fancies joining me I will be there at Richmond Hill Gate at 10am. Im probably not as fast as the rest of you - so not expecting anyone to run at my snails pace of 11.5 minute miles - but knowing there are other Lutoners in the Park is good!
Good luck everyone with whatever you decide to do on Sunday. I will be at VLM so maybe see you there!
agree with sean too.
have fun on sunday in richmond shell7. i will be doing a 24 miler round central london bright and early in the morning about 8am so will be thinking of all you lot too!
see you at VLM too as i will be there also
Completely gutted but c'est la vie.
I'm committed to running one last marathon this year for my 12 marathon challenge so I'm planning to run from home near Watford into Central London - either this Sunday or next weekend.
It's a run I've done a couple of times before but I just need to add a 5 mile loop around the city to make it up to the full 26.2 so all is not lost.
see you ar liverpool laura! im doing the double new years eve ans new years day. hope to see you there!
good luck jeff, might see you round london then!
negotiating with the family about being in liverpool on new years maybe?????
i got my way through pleading heavily!!!
The organisers would not have taken this lightly - it takes a lot to put races on esp a marathon. Just because its clearing outside your door it isn't everywhere else.
I'm not far from Luton and we still have several inches of ICE and if its anything like last year it took a few weeks to bugger off.
Tired Legs - we do all understand this would not have been taken lightly and that locations are different but at the same time we need to be able to share our disappointment, that is all people are doing on here, its only natural when you have been working towards something.
Can't tell you how hacked off i was when Budapest got cancelled a few years ago a few days before, now that was an expensive trip - we still went though, and drank a bit more.
laura H - yep I know, we had to cancel our race last year and I dealt with the refunds and postings on here saying we took the decision too early - glad to say once we posted pic of the ice people soon changed their tune - I have fingers and everthing else crossed that we do not have to go down that road again.
If i was due to run Luton agree I would also be disappointed - peeved of I can't get out to run except at the gym which I'll have to do tomorrow.
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....I am going to do 3 laps of Richmond Park instead on Sunday - think its about 23 miles altogether so if anyone fancies joining me I will be there at Richmond Hill Gate at 10am. Im probably not as fast as the rest of you - so not expecting anyone to run at my snails pace of 11.5 minute miles - but knowing there are other Lutoners in the Park is good!........
OH NO!!!!! I have just read through all the posts again - and there I was being the optimist and then two seconds later I get an email saying it was cancelled. I hope I didn't jinx it!
I'm so gutted for everyone who wanted/needed to do this race for personal goals/sponsorship etc. It was to be my 13th marathon....... I should have known.....do you think I can jump straight to 14?!
When I emailed this morning I hadn't been outside. The ice has remained on the pavements and some minor roads all day here so it may well be as bad as they say in Luton. I really feel for the organisers - what a tough call. It's always worse when it's a marathon too as the whole training programme is so long, it's not like you've just put in a few weeks prep for a 5k or a 10k, this has dominated our lives for months...... but I understand.
Good luck to everyone in finding alternatives if they need them - take it easy today.
Luton hasn't been bad but still two days of low temperatures to come. Also much of the course is outside Luton and it can be more affected by icy conditions
Also some of you might not know but two years ago (or was it three) on a day when the ice was not as bad as now, a car came down through Streetley, lost control on ice and over-turned on the route. It was about 10 minutes before the start which was delayed before finally having to give in and cancel the event. So the organisers are very aware of the issues.
I take the point on cross country, I am hopefully running one myself tomorrow but these tend to be run by club runners whereas the mass runs have a lot of recreational runners who are less experienced in the conditions. Also frozen grass is still easier to run on than frozen pavements in my experience.
I think they are also taking in account the conditions elsewhere for people travelling. In theory easy to come up from Brighton through London but the trains aren't running on the southern half at the moment due to horrendous conditions down there. If you are local you want them to delay a decision to as late as possible but if you are travelling then you want to know earlier.
Although not a direct organiser I am with one of the local clubs and in a moment of madness had offered to set up the start/finish early on Sunday so there is a part of me which is probably pleased.... but only a small part - honest
GUTTED! -but not as gutted if I'd broken my leg slipping on the ice
This was to be my first ever marathon and have put in a lot of miles and sacrificed a lot of beer (stag nights, weddings etc) so I'm rather disappointed. Still, hopefully I can keep up the fitness levels through xmas (doubtful) and sign up for one early next year. Was looking at Gloucester - anyone done this one???
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