This was my third time doing the MK half marathon. It was a very hot day for it, a bit too hot for my liking!!
I thoroughly enjoyed my first marathon, the support was fantastic around the course!
This race just keeps on getting better!
so Milton Keynes half was my second half this year and my 5th half so far. Those that don’t know I run to control my condition known as POTs postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome. I’m well controlled and manage my condition well. It will be come clear why I’m telling you this later
Started race with a friend who pulled out at Mile 10.8. I was injured, so predominantly walk/running. Got chatting to a lady around Mile 16 who had been advised by a marshal before she met me that she would be allowed to finish and receive a medal as long as she didn't mind moving on to pavements etc. Got to Mile 21, to be advised that we weren't allowed to continue die to the H and S of the marshals, and the fact that the stadium needed to close. Unless i could run 5 miles in 40 mins.
The MK Marathon was full of support from locals, including running group the ‘Redway Runners’ who turned out in droves to support not only their friends but everyone on the course which was a fantastic boost.
My first ever main event and first Half, really enjoyed it, the organisers were very helpful and informative from registration and onwards, easy to ask questions on social media and great with help and advice from pacers in the build up to the event too.
Well organised event. Stewards great. Support sporadic but everyone appreciated the efforts to keep people cool. For me the day was spoilt by the weather. Fantastic day for everyone who wasn't running but far too hot for a marathon
Two weeks ago, the London Marathon was the hottest in its 38 years history with 24OC. 2 weeks later in Milton Keynes yesterday, the temperature was shooting up to 28OC. The May Bank Holiday Monday was officially hotter than Ibiza yesterday. The London Marathon was the hottest Marathon I had ever done but not anymore. Milton Keynes Marathon has been promoted to the hottest Marathon I have ever done in my life. Apparently, the sweltering conditions on Saturday and Sunday continued the trend of unseasonably warm weather and yesterday’s hot temperatures have made this year the hottest May Bank Holiday in the British history. People got sweaty just sitting in the shade so one can imagine what it was like by running a Marathon.
Really well organised, and brilliantly supported all rounds the course
when the conditions are as horrendous as they were and you can say good things about the run, want to sign up again & say it was well run (with the exception of the pen delays/organisational the start, 5 mins of unnecessary delay, no biggyexcept on a burning hot day) it must be good
The great thing about the Milton Keynes marathon is that it combines the natural beauty of the countryside with the road running of a modern city. The course only has a few inclines which are easy enough to manage, with the declines to make up for it! My favourite parts of the run include the support around the residential areas and the superb finish inside MK stadium. This is was hot, but the atmosphere helped get me through! The event is also very well marshalled throughout the course. One tip if you are a male, if you need a poo before the race, get in early as the ques near the start time are approximately 20-30 mins wait!!
I loved this marathon I thought it was well organised, well marshalled and even with the extreme heat I felt like the public, the organisers, other runners and Marshall’s were all looking out for everyone! Big thank you and thumbs up from me! Baggage was easy loo’s were easy no queuing and plenty for the family to do!
MK Half Marathon.
This was the 4th year in a row that I have done this race and although it was the hottest ever, the marshals, supporters and organisers were excellent. The support on the course definitely kept me going till the end! The course is much better in the second half but I enjoy the race so dont mind too much! The finish is brilliant and the medal and t shirt is always fantastic. Start was efficient and well organised.
2018 was the second year I ran this race and boy did we have different conditions. The 28 degree temperatures meant I had to completely reevaluate my race goals. After finishing just outside 4 hours last year I was planning this year to slow down much more and have a leisurely run. As the midday heat took hold it seemed I wasnt the only one as pretty much everyone around me was walking, or at least run / walking the back half.
MK Half was a great route. Fairly flat, mixture of roads and parkland (on path). Great local supporters which was a huge help in the heat at the 2018 race. Great water stations, well organised and good atmosphere. Facilities at MK stadium are spot on and great stadium finish. Will definitely be back in 2019
very well organised, amazing team and even help of locals. Truly amazing race to do
First half-marathon, and unbelievably hot! Great support from the race crew and the MK public though, and the course would've been lovely on a cooler day when I could appreciate it better.
I did London and did not have a good time at all and I was dubious about doing MK marathon.