There is no doubt that the main event of this May Bank Holiday weekend is the 5th Milton Keynes Marathon, with a capacity entry of more than 6,000 runners already signed up for the full 26.2 miles, the supporting half marathon, the marathon relay or the innovative MK Rocket 5K.
Entries are still available online for the 1.5 mile Superhero Fun Run that starts in Saxon Street around 10:30am as soon as the marathon runners have cleared the start line. This run is open to all ages, includes a grandstand finish in StadiumMK and is entirely on closed roads.
Milton Keynes Marathon has been consistently rated among the top 10 races in Britain and an improved course for this year makes the most of the 4,500 acres of woodland, parks and lakeside areas within the city boundary. The broad, tree lined boulevards and sections of the Grand Union Canal add a continental feel and support the organisers’ claim that this is the Green City Marathon.
Last year there were new marathon course records set by Jack Parslow (Dacorum and Tring, 2:37:30) and Kate Wright (Stratford upon Avon AC, 2:58:30). The half marathon was introduced in 2014, and the 2015 winners were Marcus Engstrom (1:15:27) and Sophie Carter (Belgrave Harriers, 1:23:17). The course record (1:08:38) by Ismail Ssenyange indicates good PB potential.
The MK Rocket 5K is new for this year and fast times are assured by the arrow-straight, downhill course. It takes place the day before the marathon on Sunday (1st May), starting on Midsummer Boulevard at 9:00am and finishing very soon after at StadiumMK!
Full details are at the race website