11 Dec

Shining stars at Milton Keynes Winter Half Marathon

2018 Milton Keynes Winter Half Marathon Medal

Around 2,000 runners appeared on the silver screen at the Milton Keynes Winter Half Marathon (Sunday 9 December) to enjoy a big moment at the ‘best last race of the year’.

Organisers FQ Events set up a giant screen showing race footage, live results and the prize presentation, ensuring everyone had their 15 minutes of fame. This was one of several highlights at the sold-out Milton Keynes Winter Half Marathon held in near perfect conditions – a complete contrast to the 2017 race that was postponed due to snow! 
 
There wasn’t a single snowflake on Sunday; instead the weather was dry with sunny intervals as 2,000 entrants headed off at 10am from Willen Lake. They followed a single lap, traffic free course in an anti-clockwise direction around Milton Keynes before finishing back at Willen Lake. 
 
Ryan Burling’s average training pace of 5.30 paid dividends as the Guernsey AC runner won in 1:08:17. George Wheeler of Marshall Milton Keynes AC was second in 1:08:53 with his teammate Samuel Winters third in 1:11:16.
 
British and Irish masters cross country champion (W45) Kate Rennie added another win to her tally. Rennie of Dacorum & Tring AC was the fastest female in 1:23:14 followed by Johanna Sharples of Leighton Buzzard AC in 1:24:30. Rebecca Winter of Ackworth RR was third in 1:27:10.
 
There was a sparkling medal for every finisher along with a long sleeved t-shirt. Post-race refuelling took place with Christmas treats courtesy of Apple Blossom Cakery and drinks at the licensed bar.