Milton Keynes Marathon has expanded its reach by adding a 5k race to May’s weekend of running. Designed for PB hunters and first timers alike, the aptly named MK Rocket 5K is an exciting new addition to an event that already includes a marathon, half marathon and relay.
Traditionally organised for Bank Holiday Monday (this year it falls on 2 May), the everydayhero MK Marathon, despite only being in its fourth year, is known as one of the most important events in the country with more than 4,000 runners taking part. The marathon has been named amongst the top 10 marathon races in the UK and was awarded the BARR Bronze Award for organisation and planning excellence.
The latest addition to the weekend of festivities, the MK Rocket 5K, will take place on the Sunday (1 May) before the longer events. It has been devised to maximise PB potential with a fast downhill route on closed roads between Centre Milton Keynes (CMK) and StadiumMK.
Yet just as the course represents a great opportunity for a summer PB, organiser Andy Hully said the race is ideal for those new to the sport: “I am enormously pleased to be able to bring this new 5k race to Milton Keynes, which has a proud running tradition. 5k races are the perfect distance for beginners targeting a first race, but the MK Rocket 5K will also be equally satisfying for those with an inner speed demon.”
For those seeking an extra challenge, runners can complete the 5k and either the marathon, half marathon, or relay on Monday. Anyone who manages it will receive the MK Challenge Medal, which features a cow, one of Milton Keynes’ famous icons, and a ribbon highlighting their two days of running.
Entries for the MK Rocket 5K are now open; more information is available here.