Milton Keynes celebrates its 50th birthday with a sell-out marathon weekend, starting on Saturday (30 April). Around 10,000 runners will stride out around the Buckinghamshire new town, which sprung into life on 23 January 1967.
MK50 Marathon Sold Out
The Milton Keynes Marathon weekend includes a Half Marathon, Relay, Superhero Fun Run and Rocket 5K, as well as the full 26.2-miles. All five events sold out before entries closed last week.
The Rocket 5K takes place on Saturday with the other four events held on Bank Holiday Monday. All finishers will be given iconic, cow-themed medals.
The organisers were overwhelmed by the demand for places with record numbers of entries for the Half Marathon and Marathon. The Marathon Relay was oversubscribed, leaving hundreds of disappointed runners missing the chance to participate.
This influx of entries may be due to the town’s half century with event director Andy Hully saying: “2017 is a very special year for the MK Marathon because we are honoured to be one of the flagship events of the MK50 celebrations.”
Several MK Ambassadors are taking part including celebrities Gail Emms, an Olympic silver medallist in badminton, and broadcaster Jo Whiley. All the ambassadors are active in their local communities and passionate about running, irrespective of their age, background or ability.
Runners can expect a scenic route on closed roads featuring notable landmarks, such as the concrete cows, while their families and friends soak up the atmosphere at the new Race Village.
For more information about the MK Marathon weekend, visit the event website.