14 Feb

10,000 Expected At Milton Keynes Marathon

MK Marathon startRunners are already in a race against time to secure a place in the 6th Milton Keynes Marathon, with organisers preparing for their biggest festival of running yet. The main event will be held on Monday, 1 May as one of the flagship events of MK50 (Milton Keynes' 50th anniversary celebrations).

Entries are up by 25%, with the number of runners predicted to reach 10,000 across the five events that make up the Marathon Weekend. Runners can select from the full marathon, half marathon, MK Marathon Relay or Superhero Fun Run. There’s also the return of the Rocket 5K race, which takes place the day before the main event on a downhill course between Central Milton Keynes and Stadium MK – perfect for that dodgy PB!
Event director, Andy Hully said: “We’re very excited that so many runners want to join us in celebrating MK50 by running through some of the most beautiful parts of Milton Keynes. This is a great opportunity to show what an amazing place it is with a fantastic, flatter course and, of course, the famous stadium finish. It’s no surprise that so many of last year’s runners have already signed up for 2017.”
Milton Keynes Marathon is ideal for first timers wanting to enjoy the scenery on a mostly flat course or serious runners looking for a fast time on an official AIMS/IAAF Grade A course. The new route takes in the countryside and parks of the Ousel Valley, Bradwell Abbey, Woolstone and Milton Keynes Village as well as landmarks such as the Peace Pagoda and the infamous concrete cows.
Runners will have the chance to run alongside local celebrities, with Olympian Gail Emms and BBC radio presenter Jo Whiley among those who have already registered to take part. Bespoke MK50 branded medals and T-shirts will be awarded to all finishers in spectacular Stadium MK.
Other attractions at this British Association Road Race Gold accredited event include a brand new Family Zone featuring live DJ music and entertainment, inflatables, climbing wall, bungee trampolines, bumper cars and mini-landrovers. But the incentive that caught the eye of this reporter was the partnership with Brioche Pasquier who are providing 10,000 brioche buns for finishers! 
Full details are available at the MK Marathon website.