Luton Marathon

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30/11/2010 at 08:13

Hey guys - good to see the forum thread alive and kicking - I've not posted for a bit - work issues.

I got my PB in Abingdon earlier this year (finally broke 4 hours!) so am DELIGHTEd and now Luton is just for kicks.  Slightly anxious about the cold - I'm a hot weather girl - but hey, I have my reindeer antlers and tinsel to wear (along with loads of layers!) so it should be fine.

I don't care about my time now, will aim for sub 3.55 next year, but this one is my 13th marathon so I just want to have fun and get it done!  If I do under 4.30 I'll be pretty chuffed.

I'm getting really excited now - will read through all the posts later and look forward to seeing you all on Sunday!

30/11/2010 at 08:36
I've just read somewhere that Luton is in for a heatwave this weekend!
30/11/2010 at 08:53
30/11/2010 at 13:24
Hi all just been reading the messages.Luton today is clear roads and paths clear.Did one loop of marathon this morning looks good.Our club has a big entry on Sunday Boxfit-Tri we have 8 teams entered and 10 members doing the marathon.So no matter what weather is we will be running.Remember it is a winter marathon.This is my 4th Luton marathon 3.12 last year one of our girls if she is on form should be chasing me down on the day.Look forward to seeing you all on the day.We meet up at Macs just round the corner from start next to train station for porridge and coffee from 7am all welcome.
30/11/2010 at 17:45

Just need the snow in Sheffield to cane it down as it has been in the last 24 hours for the next and hopefully get it out of the way so can travel smoothly down by train to the positively continental temperatures of Luton, fingers crossed. Can't really allow myself to be excited until I know those trains are going run run fine on Saturday. (thats me looking at the sky by the way)

 And where is Plum, I know he will be lurking on this thread somewhere???

30/11/2010 at 19:03
Reading all this cheerful banter is good, had a race cancelled at the weekend just gone, so have been wondering how not to get too keyed up for this, just in case the weather wins again, lets hope the forecasters have it wrong and it warms up a day or two earlier...anyway if we do run best of luck to everybody and hope all the hard training is rewarded  
30/11/2010 at 19:11
It better not get cancelled, the only other mara left in the calender this year (which I would have to do to meet a personal goal of at least one marathon a year) is the the Liverbird marathon which is being run on new years eve, and I fully intend to be drinking not running, but I suppose it is an extreme back up - and they so take entries on the day (can't believe I have checked!). However am sure this won't be a problem, I think the Luton marathon is made of sturdier stuff, its the trains which made me nervous.
30/11/2010 at 20:11

Hi all,

Hope everyone is well.  We had our first lot of snow overnight  and it's largely just ice now, a bit tricky for walking on never mind running.  Fingers crossed for Sunday.

Woody, well done on your marathon and cross country, I've not done a cross country run since school, and think I'll probably avoid them all this year too.  How's your achilles?

Wharfy, sorry to hear you're missing out, hope Mrs W's leg improves soon.

Brookie, congrats on your sub-4, well done you!

I really hope this is on as well, but got the Portsmouth Coastal the weekend after so I do have another before the end of the year.  Laura, I was looking at the Liverbird one as well, although I'm working on New Year's Eve so was contemplating the one on New Year's Day.  Not too sure about it for a couple of other reasons as well though (apart from the obvious date!), so I'm going to think about it a bit more.  Hope your trains are working ok.

Assuming it goes ahead I intend to add all of the extra 3 miles at the beginning, having learnt from Newcastle that mentally I can't go again once I've crossed the line, so will be taking it nice and steady in the mara, I'll be happy with anything between 4:15 and 4:25. 

30/11/2010 at 21:25

Thanks for the info Dave ....... I'll try to make it for breakfast at Macs.

Laura there are one or two December marathons in Europe. Hope the Trains don't suffer from........I think they call it..... " the wrong kind of snow"  

All the best to you to Peter.

Thanks K.P. I hadn't done XC since school but ran my first 08 > 09 season but missed last. I find It's a good way to maintain fitness over winter. I have another on Saturday but will try to jog round instead of racing it.

01/12/2010 at 08:52

Hey KP - what are you running in?  Looks like we might be aiming for the same sort of times.

Laura - I have all my fingers crossed for you for the trains.

I tried running in London last night and even with the grit it was slippery and slide-y.  I might stick to the gym today even though I hate treadmills. 

I have stocked up on my carbo gels and jelly babies, toenail check tonight, then packing race gear.  I am contemplating numerous layers.....! 

01/12/2010 at 09:27

I'm all set. This cold spell has been the perfect excuse to taper on a grand scale though - I did my long 13.1er round Richmond Park on Sunday and will sneak out for a quick 5k on Saturday to check everything sort of works right. Then I guess I'll be gazing at the weather forecasts and this forum to see if its a go or not. As for my expectations, main challenge will be getting to the start line! Happy if I can run a nice neat consistent 8m/miler without the usual plunge of DOOM at mile 23!!

Good Luck All.

01/12/2010 at 09:34
Woke up this morning to a second Sheffield snow dump which now means there is more snow here than i have seen in the ten years I have lived here, decided to battle in to work and walked about a mile and a half on main roads in deep snow. i thoroughly enjoyed the novelty of it  but it seems from the few who have made it in I am in the minority .. Hoping it will clear b y weekend, but getting more nervous about getting down to Luton.
01/12/2010 at 09:51

Woke in the night coughing and feeling nauseous, now loading with vit C hoping I can shift it before it develops into something more serious.

Snow isn't to bad here in the northwest only got 1 or 2 inches  I'm a bit jealous really.

01/12/2010 at 19:43

The Luton Marathon website says that they will carry out a risk assessment on Saturday, and then decide whether or not the race will go ahead.

 That's not too great for me as I'm flying (perhaps) from Edinburgh Airport (closed all day today) on Saturday afternoon - I'd hate to get arrive in Luton just before a cancellation is announced.

 I think I'll keep an eye on this page for the newxt few days - some of the updates from local runners are really useful.

Hope everyone has a relaxing last few days before the race.


01/12/2010 at 20:21
Oh no, same boat for me Jamie, travelling on Saturday but support your comment, any local runners who can comment on the state of the snow/ roads on Friday, feedback would be useful!
01/12/2010 at 20:35
I'm sure we'll all keep you guys posted on the roads. So far it really is ok here. I only live 10mins from the course I'm pretty sure if it was today then we would have run the race.
Not wanting to worry anyone but I fell whilst training on the course on Sunday morning, totally my fault! But it's a race against time to get fit. I've got grazes down my hips, sore knees and a bruised pride! Hopefully I'll make the 3 laps on Sunday.
Forecast reckons 4 degrees on Sunday, I can't believe that is good news, but it is!
01/12/2010 at 20:48
Anyone live in or near Luton? Whats the weather & conditions liek at the moment. Much snow?
01/12/2010 at 20:52
Ooops sorry you've already answered my question
01/12/2010 at 20:52
Just been on the phone with the friend I will be staying with, they said its not too bad, nothing like the snow they have got in Kent but at the moment its all compacting and turning to sheet ice but traffic etc is all fine in Luton apparently.They are expecting another blast though.
01/12/2010 at 20:53
oh, last post crossed with A's Girl's.
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