Luton Marathon

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02/12/2010 at 11:51

I could do with knowing before 12 noon on sat as I can cancel my hotel up to that time

Yaktak are quite good but no good on concrete so if some road is clear and some not you would need to take them off!

Ordered some for my mum on sunday and they havnt arrived yet so they may be out of stock on some sizes, when I ordered mine last year they came next day.  I ordered her the walking ones, small for her and medium for her friend

02/12/2010 at 11:56
thanks but post in Sheffield not arriving due to snow so its not an option now anyway, also don't fancy taking them on and off, thought you could just run on them anyway - so every cloud and all that...
02/12/2010 at 12:10

Walking From Leagrave Train Station - Directions

(there are other routes, this should be the simpliest)

Leave the train station on the ticket office side.

Turn right and go down the hill.

At the traffic lights go right and under the bridge.

BP garage will be on your right (there is a toliet in there).

Cross over the road towards MacDonalds (stop in if you fancy a McP!$$!)

Cross over on the zebra crossing (this is the edge of the running route and you should see directional signs). From here you can follow the running route to the finish line, then on to the start, but without marshalls you might miss a turn and get lost on the estate.

I recommend turning right when you have crossed the zebra crossing, walk up the slight hill. Go over the first round about, At the Second roundabout turn left (on to Northwell Drive). Follow this road all the way to LeaManor recreation centre (up a slight hill)- This is the start.

Should take about 15 -20 minutes at a nice brisk pace, a good warm up!

 If you get lost at any time ask for directions to LeaManor recreation centre (or school). most people you speak to would know where this is.

02/12/2010 at 12:36
Thanks! You obviously even understand my 'normal pre marathon routine' well!!! No queues for a cold portaloo for me with these directions...
02/12/2010 at 12:40
'toliet'!  maybe its a Luton thing......
02/12/2010 at 17:58
Ello, I work in luton and drive part of the course. There's not that much snow around. If it rise's a degree or two, the thinish layer of ice should melt. I reckon more likely to be on than off.
I ran it anyway the year it got cancelled, on my own to about 22 miles. As there was a delayed decision it wasn't called off until about 11.30 ish. That meant I was starting the third lap on my own knowing it would be dark. There is a very fast and dangerous road between 22 and about 24 miles. In the light with others around its fine. in the dark on your own in the cold, its very dangerous.
If anyone meets to do it anyway, make sure you start by 10am, or you will find the same problem. I ended up turning back on the third lap and got to about 22 ish. There were a few others at the start, but they were running bit slower than me. Best to get a few of you together.
02/12/2010 at 21:00
Haven't run all week due to the snow and my cold. I'm taking tapering to
a whole new level! Cold still pretty grim, but I'm running Sunday no
matter how I feel. Bring on the pasta!
02/12/2010 at 21:14

Hi Brookie

Hope you feel better. I have only run once in the past 2 weeks as well so you are not alone (my lack caused by snow and laziness without the added cold)  but as you say bring it on!

02/12/2010 at 21:59

Hi all,

Glad to see I'm not the only one checking the weather on a daily basis.  Fingers crossed for a big thaw.  I've got family near Luton so am driving down on Saturday morning to make a weekend of it.  Hopefully, the race will be on, but if it isn't safe I guess there's nothing we can do about it, and it'll be nice to do some catching up with people anyway.  I haven't run for 2 days but will go to the gym and use the treadmill tomorrow.

Brookie, I'll be wearing a fair few layers, most likely topped with a black and red Adidas Dublin marathon jacket.  I'll keep a look out for your antlers.  Hope your cold improves and enjoy your taper.

Woody, hope your cold improves too. 

I've managed to avoid most of the bugs that have been flying around work, hopefully that will continue. 

Have a safe last couple of days.

03/12/2010 at 07:15
Thanks for the messages everyone. Laura, glad I'm not the only one who has had a good taper! Nose a lot clearer this morning - so feel better. I'm now in Oxfordshire and it is freezing!! But not a lot of snow so I think, travel issues permitting, that it will be ok on Sunday. See u all soon!
03/12/2010 at 07:36

got email. its cancelled.

 gutted! just thought give you guys early heads up!

03/12/2010 at 07:42
Bummer. . Tough call though for the organisers, looks like it'll still be icy and they simply can't risk mass broken bones and concussion. Guess thats what comes from December events. Big dip on my weekly mileage graph though!
03/12/2010 at 07:43
Tough call but probably the right one......hardly unexpected.
03/12/2010 at 07:50
im going to do a long run on sunday instead, so at least i dont feel like a doing absolutely nothing!
03/12/2010 at 08:07
Shame. As you say a hard decision for the organisers but probably expected. Think I'll also be doing a long run too.
03/12/2010 at 08:12

Anyone have a copy of the email?  I don't have anything and the website still says its on?

Forecast was looking better for the weekend too.

03/12/2010 at 08:12
maybe we can all post our long run results on here instead? like a spread out luton marathon in place of the real thing!! ha
03/12/2010 at 08:15

copied from email i got:

Hello  everyone
we have made the descion to cancel the race on Sunday, please see our website
later today for the offical statement.

03/12/2010 at 08:41
Can't believe they didn't listen to my heat wave warning
03/12/2010 at 08:43
What a pain - I feel the inaugural Harpenden marathon coming on
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