Take a look at the 100 marathon club website (google) - it has a listing of all uk marathons (and European and worldwide too) - you can browse through upcoming marathons and find one to suit your budget and preference whether that is for a 'big city marathon' (often expensive) or smaller town/trail marathons- though these smaller ones don't have the crowds, many are very well organised and cheap to enter and the chances are there will be one close by in your county... Personally, I prefer a small town marathon like halstead in Essex - it's perfect. Good luck with your plans and congratulations on your exciting decision to run your first marathon- you won't regret it!
Supershins - I was one of the folks entered for tomorrow's marathon - I completely respect your decision to cancel the event. Only yesterday I was stranded in Dublin awaiting return flights to UK after 3 days delays - It was a pain, but I now realise that the weather can change quickly and dramatically - you and your organising committe must have made a a judgement call based on the forecast at the time and with the intention to avoid travel distress or late cancellations... fair play to you for taking a brave decision with the full realisation that outdoor sporting events require careful forward planning and need to take into accout the vagiaries of the weather. Folks, lets all respect this tough decision and applaud the effort made by the organisers for a truly difficult call, made after much deliberation.
Supershines - Please accept our thanks for organising the event - we appreciate your efforts, and truly hope you will be able to summon up the energy and enthusiasm to host a truly magnificent Luton Marathon 2011... bring it on !! Please!!
Folks: if you paid by credit card, please check your statement. I received my bill today and see that I was charged twice for this event: 2 x £11.50 !
I've written to Natmag Rodale and to Energised Sports, since I'm not sure who is to blame here, but based on what I saw of their organisation on Sunday I'm not confident that Energised could even organise a refund.... we'll see..