I think this was a great event put on by a great team.
The comparisons with London are unfair because this is a new event which doesn't charge charities £ 400 for an entry and doesn't have a roster of blue chip sponsors to pay for marshalls at every corner. You can also bet that parts of the London Marathon course were flooded today and I've waited 10 minutes for my bag at the London Marathon before.
Compared to the MK Half I found that the course signs were much better. There were about 5 times on the MK Half when I was sure I was lost, didn't have any today.
The support was also great out on course, with the underpasses providing the perfect places for staying out of the wet.
The puddles were deep in places, but given the choice of not racing or getting wet feet I would chose wet Feet every time. I lost my footing 4 times, but I don't regret doing it all.
I'm interested to see if the course was long. I think the measurer assume that some corners get cut, which wouldn't have been appropriate in the rain today.
Well done to the organisers, I hope there is some money left in the bank for them to have a nice long holiday to celebrate the success of the first Marathon in Milton Keynes for years.
I've got a 100% cancellation record on this race (entered in 2010 and 2008), but I'm coming back again this year as its my local marathon.
The organisers are good people who give up their time to put on this event. In 2008 they could have routed the course around the blockage and made everyone run a few extra hundred metres and last year the snow did melt by race day. However hindsight is a wonderful thing.
I do a lap of the course regurly in training and have never experienced any problems in Marsh Farm Council Estate. Despite its reputation there was no rioting in Luton this year, when there was in other parts of the country. Even London Marathon goes through some dodgy parts of the capital. There are lots of police about if there is any trouble too..
I would suggest that if its your first Marathon and your putting in a lot of training then you might consider having a back up plan or choosing another marathon. The race is brought forward by two weeks but there is still a chance of bad weather in November.
I'm not looking forward to starting the long weekend runs to get ready for it though..