Biblical weather conditions failed to put a dampener on the Milton Keynes Festival of Running (Sunday 5 March) which saw four races at the big Buckinghamshire event. The Xscape Centre was the venue for the biggest running festival in the UK and with a choice of four race distances – 5k, 10k, half marathon and 20 miles. There was something to suit every runner from the sprint specialist looking to break their 5k PB to the endurance enthusiast preparing for London and other marathons.
Start times were staged from 9.50am (20 miler) but what all races had in common were challenging weather conditions with flooding on part of the course. The underpass at two miles required emergency manoeuvres from runners.
There were prizes for the winning man and woman in the 5K: first, second and third men and women in the 10K and half marathon and age category awards: first, second and third men and women in the 20ile race with all finishers receiving a bespoke MK Festival of Running medal.
Tom Mead of Luton AC won the 5K in 17:06. Melanie Wood of Marshall Milton Keynes AC won the women’s race in 19:08 and was third overall.
Ian Kimpton of Luton AC won the 10K in 31:08. Alice Burgin of Bedford & County AC won the women’s race in 37:44.
Hugh Torry of Serpentine RC won the half marathon in 1:12:27. Phoebe Ko won the women’s race in 1:22:36.
Elliot Hind of Leighton Buzzard AC won the 20-mile race in 1:55:10. Polly Keen of Nuneaton Harriers AC won the women’s race in 2:08:49.