Luton Marathon

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05/10/2010 at 13:34

Hello Nic L

 No there arent any offical pacers on the course.


06/10/2010 at 19:48

Hi all,

Cheers Wharfy, all advice gratefully received as it will all be very new to me.  I've entered a 2 day ultra in March so I'm kind of planning a number of long runs with back to back long runs included as I get closer to the event.

I've got the Leicester marathon on Sunday but have got a sore throat that has just got worse throughout today.  I'm hoping it will just be a minor passing bug so am just going to dose up well and get an early night.

How's everyone else getting on with their training?

06/10/2010 at 19:56
going good KP, up to 30 miles a week, long run at 15 so pleased so far, hope the sore throat clears up, dont take chances though if your not 100 per cent as could put you back a bit...good luck
06/10/2010 at 22:06

Arghhh. Looks like I missed the cut off.

Dustboy    pirate
06/10/2010 at 23:30

Sent my cheque in a few days ago, as did my mate. Said 38 places when we sent the cheques but guess it's pot luck now.

10/10/2010 at 16:14

Gosh can't believe it's full - I hope Dustboy & Hellen get in by post - let us know.

I've been off the posting for a couple weeks due to illness - was absolutely floored by a cold and a cough and lost my voice completely for 4 days.  Nightmare.  I didn't dare run as I just felt dreadful.  I think I just pushed myself too hard at work and with training and it got too much.  Haven't run for 2 weeks now so feel lousy and it's hit my confidence for Abingdon next weekend big time.  I'll take it easy and gear myself up for Luton in the hope of doing sub 4 hours there instead.  it won't happen next weekend that's for sure!

how's everyone else doing?

10/10/2010 at 17:07
hey brookie, glad you are on the mend, good luck next week, wow what a great day for running today is?did a local 10 k today, felt great
10/10/2010 at 22:50
Cheque returned so I'm not in. If anybody has an entry they can't make then please let me know.
11/10/2010 at 15:19

Wow, Luton sold out 2 months before the event, shows how popular running has become.  Was hoping to give the Bedfordshire Championship a shot too.  If any one has a number they want to give and the organisers permit it, let me know and I can cover your entry fee..

 I wonder if the organisers can do a Hastings and open up some more entries closer to the event..

11/10/2010 at 19:32

Hi all,

Whilst it's great that Luton is a sell out I'm sorry to hear people haven't got in.  I'll keep my fingers crossed for those still waiting to hear.

Sounds like your training is going well Peter, well done on your 10k, it was certainly a great day yesterday.  Which 10k did you do?

Brookie, sorry to hear you've been ill.  Glad you're feeling better now and good luck at Abingdon.  I hope you have a good day even if you don't break the 4 hours, and there's always Luton if you don't.

I struggled with my cold thing on Thursday and Friday but felt a lot better on Saturday.  I was still a bit fuzzy headed and blocked up yesterday but I decided to at least start at Leicester any way and see how I got on, as it was never intended as a race, more of a final long run for Dublin and a chance to get into double figures for the year.  I started ok, but at 7 miles my pace suddenly dropped for no reason and I didn't feel I could push on at all.  The next 3 miles continued to slow and the finish line seemed a very long way away.  I kept on going and suddenly it seemed to pass and I managed to settle into a fairly steady rhythm.  I really enjoyed the route and managed to finish in 4:15, which in the end I was really pleased with.  Now I'm just tapering for Dublin in 2 weeks.

Hope everyone else had a good weekend.

11/10/2010 at 20:42

KP good luck for Dublin - I did it in 2007 and really enjoyed it.  Thanks for your good wishes too - I feel a lot better today and managed a short 4 miler before Abingdon this weekend.

Bring it on!

And yes, I have my fingers crossed for everyone who is still trying to get in.

12/10/2010 at 16:50

KP..the 10k was the Norfolk cancer research event, the whole atmosphere,volume of runners and the great weather made it special, nice just to run for 50 minutes rather than 2 or 3 hours on a sunday morning too...good luck in Dublin too, i would love to do that one soon,this is my first year at marathon distance and i must admit its opened up a whole new side of running.

it seems that marathons sell out very quickly now and early entry is advisable, i know i have been disapointed myself a couple of times, least it shows that the demand is strong and that hopefully organisations will be willing to stage them

18/10/2010 at 15:21

If anybody has a entry they can't use please let me know. Will cover costs

24/10/2010 at 17:23
looking forward to a beautiful run around Bedfordshire on a crisp winters morning
26/10/2010 at 00:28
Hi All, thought would pop in and see if I know anyone. Am in. Have done Luton 4 times in the last 5 years, including running 21 miles the year the race was cancelled. Couldn't run it all, as by that stage very dark and the country road was going to be very dangerous. Know the course like the back of my hand. I honestly don't think of it as an undulating course. There's a bit of climbing in a few small stretches but thats all. Got 3.27 in Berlin few weeks ago and will be trying for sub 3.15 this year.
I did run in a 104 mile ultra across Scotland earlier this year, on a truly mountainous course, so I guess anything compared with that will be flat to me! Ran Kielder marathon two weeks ago and that was hilly. Hoping to get the led out of the legs in the next few weeks and actually cut back on the distance and do more speed work. Bring it on!
26/10/2010 at 14:52
It's great that Uk marathons are doing well. I just wished i'd predicted this would sell out earlier. Again, if anyone has a number and for whatever reason is unable to do it could they contact me and I'll pay the fee:


Ben Fish
29/10/2010 at 14:22

Hi all,

How's everyone's training going?  Peter, I'd definitely reccommend Dublin, it's my favourite race and it was my fourth year this year.  I managed to knock another 2 minutes off my pb, so I was delighted.  Loved it again.  Just had a few days off running and I'm raring to go again.  How did you get on at Abingdon Brookie?

01/11/2010 at 19:57


This thread seems a little quiet given we are getting closer

KP - training going ok, longish run last weekend rest this weekend and planning 18-20m next Saturday. 

Yes Brookie - tell all ?

02/11/2010 at 06:47
I'm doing this. Did it last year as well. Training was going well until yesterday, got a sharp pain in the top of my leg. Will have to have a bit of a rest and hope it goes. Going for a sports massage tomorrow.
04/11/2010 at 19:04
good to receive the race pack yesterday, has focussed my mind again, i too am feeling aches and pains but should be fit by the big day, hope eveyones training is going well
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