The Love Luton Half Marathon ran into a wall of opposition on Sunday.
Several local residents and business owners were up in arms about road closures while some runners claimed the route was not measured correctly and complained about the lack of loos.
Entrepreneur Toff Miah said he felt “imprisoned like a caged animal” in his Old Bedford Road home and his restaurant, Buffet 106 in Bury Park, had to remain closed as he had the keys.
“They told us to expect delays, not complete closure,” he said. “The marshall were also very rude.”
He’s already written to the council expressing his frustration.
Comments on the Runner’s World website mentioned registration problems and the distance shortfall.
But Love Luton chair Linsey Frostick insisted feedback had been “overwhelmingly positive.”
She said: “Races like this take three to five years to establish themselves. We believe this is an event which promotes Luton, encourages healthy living and inspires others.”
She also apologised for the miscalculation which meant runners had to do an extra lap in the town centre and blamed it on “human error.”