I can see the back part of the route from my lounge. There has been some snow overnight but only a couple of cm. It would be gone quickly if it rained or got above freezing.
Of each lap I would say that :
20% is run actually on the road from Streatley to Sundon - This is a busy road so it will be clear and ice free.
50% is run on footpaths inside luton - These recieve some foot traffic so should be clearish.
30% is run on Footpaths outside of luton (A6 towards barton, road from Lower Sundon to Sundon Park)- These recieve very little foot traffic so could be frozen snow on Sunday. If they are not gritted it would be almost impossible to run on these and I would say too dangerous to run on the road.
I'm still positive that the paths will get gritted and we can get running..
Could always wear trail shoes if looking icy (or I've got some of the things you put under normal shoes from last year).
Can anyone give me a post code for the start? Where is it in relation to the Thameslink station as this is my alternative to driving.
yak trax? go out doors do em i think, bout £13. wouldnt want to run a mara in em though.
stop flapping everyone, ive told you, theres a heatwave coming
positive thinking and all that
I got mine from Clas Oulsen and have seen them in every paper recently so assume many outdoor shops will stock.
Like the snowmobile idea!
Any response on how close to Luton Central train station start is?
depends which luton train station you mean, i think there are two?....from wht i know of luton and last time ran the marathon its a few miles away. not walkable.
theres been quite a bit of snow over night, wondering if it melts or freezes into ice...hmmm!
From the website ;-
The nearest railway station is Leagrave which is 1.3 miles from the Sports Centre. Luton railway station which is near the town centre is 4 miles away. Taxis are available at both stations.
Hmmmmm - gosh the tension of not knowing whether it's on or not is killing me!! I hate suspense! I think, on the whole, actually, that it will go ahead. The forecast isn't that bad and from what I can gather, north London, and the midlands aren't as bad as south london and the south east. I think if anything causes problems it will be ice.
At least the race starts at 10 not 9 so it has a chance to warm up a bit!
My main worry is driving from the cotswolds to the start line at 7am when it will still be dark and icy.......
Thanx Jeff, yep just checked stockists and doesn't seem to be anywhere in Sheffield but they look interesting would have probably given them a go if I could have got hold of some.
Snow coming down heavy again today in Sheffield, which of course means this city is at a stand still and if it had been today was due to travel and not Saturday then no chance, trains cancelled etc. Lets hope the weather forecase for the friday and Sat is accurate as today is supposed to be the last day of it here which might give things a chance to get moving again
If you need any help preparing the course on Sunday (gritting or whatever), I am sure some desperate runners wouldn't mind (myself included)..
I know what you mean Brookie - I'm travelling up from Southampton, but planning to stay in a hotel overnight just outside of Luton, so I'll have the journey in the evening when it's cooling down!
Trying to think from a glass half full perspective at the moment - at least they haven't postponed it already, and there's still a fair chance of it being on. However, for me a lot depends on whether I can get out of the house - we had about 6 inches of snow last night and if that freezes tomorrow I fear it'll take more than a day to clear.
Leagrave Train station (on thameslink) is the closest station, it is almost on the course!
Personally I'd say it is walkable. About 15mins to the start, but there is a taxi rank that will take you to the start. - I can give walking directions if required.
Luton central station is about 4 miles away. Again a taxi will drop you, there are normally plenty.
Be very careful with the Thamelink service, they are badly suffering in the snow at the moment - so check the live updates board (now First capital connect) http://www.firstcapitalconnect.co.uk/plan-your-journey/live-train-updates/
LU3 3TL - is the post code that will get you to the start.
I'm with Dave, there will be people unofficially and completely at their own risk(!) running whether the weather is rain or shine. We run the route weekly anyway on a sunday morning, it'll just be a bit later than normal!
Fingers crossed everyone
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