I think that if the course organisers wish to be taken seriously and intend next year's Three2Go Marathon to be a success then they should get the course measured to R.R.C. standards and obtain a Certificate of Course Accuracy.
I ran this marathon in 2007, when it was about 400 metres short of the full marathon distance. It is a big event to organise so I think one should show some consideration for shortcomings at a first attempt.
However for the 2008 event that the organisers state: 'changes to this year's marathon route will make it even more runner friendly!' So they mean shorter, do they?
They have clearly learnt nothing. It is not satisfactory for a marathon to be a mile short.
Runners invest a great deal of time and effort into preparation for such an event and it is unaccaceptable for them to be short changed in this way.