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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
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
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.
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!
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.
got email. its cancelled.
gutted! just thought give you guys early heads up!
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.
copied from email i got:
Hello everyone we have made the descion to cancel the race on Sunday, please see our websitelater today for the offical statement. Regards Elaine
I'm interested to see the reasons why, I really hope its not some insurance or legal implication of doing it. Especially as we all seem to be happy with the conditions and planning long runs on Sunday still...