In short: Fabulous 10k, superb organisation, lovely medal, pretty route, great support. A must do! In full: Thank you Larkfield AC for a really great 10k race, a local one for me. Excellent facilities & HQ, even a cafe. Plenty of parking. It was a very hot day, plenty of water available from start to finish. Friendly marshals all the way around. Great value, would definitely recommend! A PB! Date of review: May 8, 2016
In short: very hot In full: this race better again this year got 1h35 plus the fact it was really hot loads of drink stns plus hose pipes by locals to cool us down support round the course helped i was in blue zone at start and saw people who should have started in green and yellow zones Date of review: May 8, 2016
In short: Very poorly organised. In full: Marshals and time keepers very poor. Badly organised, especially at finish and registration. My son was not given his finishing medal and we had the Embarrasment of asking and proving he had run. Our friend was taken the wrong way and took nearly 20 seconds to book him at finish. Appreciate its charity event but as a family we paid over 50.00 so expect Good management on day. Unlikely will do again shame as on our door step. No apologies given by rotary for poor organisation an we have seen results and times completely wrong n addition to positions. Poor . Date of review: May 8, 2016
In short: Well organised but towpath is uneven and potentially flooded if it rains In full: The towpath section is very uneven, which slows you down and puts strain on your muscles. There were puddles pretty much across the width of the towpath in many places and if it had rained more before the race, it would have been a steeplechase. Date of review: May 7, 2016
In short: excellent organisation In full: 2nd time of doing this and the organisation is still second to none. Friendly and happy marshals. Good crowd support around most of route. Course has changed and seemed more hilly but done to avoid flooding so understandable. I did the rocket 5k day before which was good fun. Got an extra cows head medal which is one of my favourite ever! Baggage collection spot on. Finish in stadium superb. Nice tec tee. Everything that you need done well. Very well done to the organisers and good people of MK. Date of review: May 6, 2016
In short: Be prepared for some hills! Lovely Grounds In full: Lovely Grounds... 10K is two laps of the 5K. At the end, my watch didn't clock 10K, My watch said 5.6 miles... 434ft Elevation gain. Start of Race is by the lake and run up to the House, round on some gravel tracks, then into the woods. Down hill... then up hill... then round a bit then up again (and a few more)... A little bit of Tar mac and then into the rugby fields, run around the outskirts, back to the gravels tracks, lovely down hill, but up hill to the finish! Very tired legs! if 10K, off your go again) Very Friendly staff, good vibe on the day. Plenty of Water stations and Banana at the end. Medal is generic. Felt great once completed... Legs recovered in a few days. Date of review: May 6, 2016
In short: Poor organisation let down the runners In full: Lets get something straight. Not mailing out the race packs is not saving the carbon footprint. How can it when everyone has to travel individually into an extremely busy Brighton city centre? It took me 3 hours to drive to Brighton, and a further 3.5 hours to park up, queue up and collect an envelope, and then drive out of Brighton to my hotel in Worthing.
If I'm honest, the queue at the Expo was so long I seriously considered driving home and abandoning the 16 weeks of training. Only my stubborn streak (instilled in all long distance runners!)prevented me from doing so.
Honestly, the day before a marathon you want to be off your feet for as long as possible.
Surely the truth is that Expo's make money for the organisers and are no doubt demanded by key sponsors. We're paying good money for these events, why can't we at least have the option of it being posted (doesn't seem to bother the Great North Run for instance!), or the Expo should stay open until much later on the Saturday and be in a considerably more accessible location. Feels like the organisers want to offload the problem of race pack distribution to the runners, and make extra profit at the same time.
1. Why no sub 3:15 pen available for non-elite runners? I emailed 2 weeks before the event and asked at the Expo - no answer.
2. Start area - shocking lack of toilets and very muddy. Don't get me started on the tiny clothes bags - ripped instantly!
3. Cups - no problem with these, most European marathons use them, there is a drinking technique whereby it shouldn't slow you down.
4. Crowd support and marshals - all fantastic - a big thank you - as always we couldn't do it without you.
5. A tiny bottle of water at the end. No chocolate. Come on guys, I've just run a marathon. Surely I can have a decent sized bottle of water and a chocolate treat?!
6. When leaving the finish zone I asked two marshals for the nearest tap to fill up my bottle. No one seemed to speak English.
Overall, a decent course, excellent support, glad I've done it once but for the reasons above it was pretty disappointing.
In short: Beautiful course. Disappointing organisation. In full: A beautiful but challenging course. This is actually a review for 2016, but I was unable to tick that option. I am male and finished in 7th place. The results listed me as 1st lady. I have emailed the organisers twice to ask them to fix this, but have heard nothing after 3 days. All in all, an incredibly scenic race, let down by poor after care, which I know is not the end of the world, but it is annoying. Date of review: May 5, 2016
I didn't see the point of having to travel to collect the race packs. The expo was tiny and pointless, talks about marathon running aren't much use 2 days before you actual do it.
The final instructions had a list of what to bring in the kit bag on the day. The kit bags were a joke, so small. A week later I saw the size of the London marathon bags, much better.
Preston Park - toilet queues as far as the eye can see. Most people want to go before a long race, it's part of the routine. They seemed to have only a third of what was needed.
Water stations too close to energy drink stations. I asked if it was water being given out as I ran, two times when the reply was yes I was given energy drink (never try anything new on race day etc..).
After the finish line, with a very average medal, there was a water stop. Also need one after the baggage pickup as you won't want to walk back that far for another bottle (or remember to get a couple of bottles). The finish area village was a farce. Crowds of people just wanting to get back towards the pier and meet with friends, not queuing to get through the crush (we've just run for hours).
The course itself was good, a nice hill for a bit of a challenge but not too steep, well organised in stark contrast to the above points. Towards the power station it wasn't very nice as the sun came out to heat us up and it's not very interesting. Some entertainment there would be good as hitting the wall could use a distraction. The volunteers (with the exception of the 2 people that told me it was water) were great and music around the rest of the course a nice touch. Thank you volunteers and marshalls.
If they sort out the kit bag size, get rid of the expo/pointless travel for an A4 envelope race pack, drastically increase the number of toilets in Preston Park and look at tweaks as mentioned then this would have been outstanding. If you can put up with the above then I'd still recommend it as a first marathon but look elsewhere otherwise. I'll be back if they sort out the problems in 2017. Date of review: May 5, 2016
In short: Very well organised event In full: Although the Milton Keynes Marathon route has up and down hills in most parts, it is still a great event. People can't compare it with the London Marathon because London is flat all the way. London is probably the flattest marathon in the world !! If I want to get a good time, I just need to do more hill work training beforehand. My marathon PB is in Milton Keynes in 2014 because in that year I did a lot of hill work training and I was in good form. This year, due to my posterior cruciate ligament injury and flu, I missed nearly a month of training between February and March. Therefore, I didn't do well in Milton Keynes. I still enjoyed very much the atmosphere. It is a very well organised event and every runner was being well looked after starting from baggage storage, water and Gatorade stations every 3 miles, gel stations in half way mark and then every other miles, fantastic marshalling, lovely local spectators, first aid support from St John’s Ambulance all the way to post race medals, goodie bags and T-shirts. Milton Keynes is only an hour drive from London. I will definitely come back next year :-) Date of review: May 5, 2016
In short: First time here, be happy to return In full: Top organisation - seemed to find everything before I even looked for it and no queues; very well supported run - mile 15 onwards there was something (drinks, sponges, relay change over) every mile so no getting bored and plenty to eat and drink; friendly throughout and nice laid back feel to it; nice countryside throughout with limited traffic; good finish with music, beer and hog roast; in short you can tell that this is one organised by a running club who understand what you'd want on the day! Date of review: May 5, 2016
In short: My first marathon was well organised In full: Their organisational plan works, even if the bib printers cannot quite get the job right. Unfortunately, arriving by car was not as smooth as hoped but I leapt out of my chauffeur driven limo in the traffic jam to walk to the stadium and met my lady there later on. At the stadium, baggage, changing etc was fine. The starting pens are okay and though things are uncertain, I was not unduly distressed. Both marshalls and support were positively cheering and pleasing to the spirit. I live somewhere with hills so I think the course is flat. An underpass is not a hill. There are no challenging climbs in my opinion. This, and its urban setting, limit the impact of the scenery. I wish to return when I find an alternative to sickly sweet gels and get in training not interrupted by flu. That is my pathetic excuse for paralysis by calf cramp just by the concrete cows after mile 19. Call it unfinished business. Date of review: May 4, 2016
In short: First 10K - great atmosphere, organisation, route all off road In full: Loved the 10k last year , entered again this year. Definitely beginner friendly with excellent family atmosphere. Have complete several other 10k's and 3 half marathons since last time round yet this is the event for which I most want to improve my time. Definitely recommend the Wheaty 10k Date of review: May 4, 2016
In short: A few small changes would make a good event great In full: I echo Muttley and a few others. Some people chose a race because of a medal so disappointing not to get one. Having said that, a towel was a novel idea and will be used so thank you for ingenuity. 2 small comments that may improve things for next year. 1) The start is a little congested, yet there is chip timing. Why not follow what they do at other events and stagger the start? For example, you could do the first 100, wait 30 seconds, release the next 100 and so on.
2) Signage - Coming along from Showcase direction and up to the big roundabout were no signs. Even though I know the FW building there were no parking signs to suggest a right turn into the building. There were however signs visible on the opposite side of the road suggesting you need to carry on towards J11. When in Shinfield, there were no obvious signs for number collection, instead the natural path was to follow people to the village hall where registrations were taking place. Again, a small point but something really easy to remedy.
Just to finish on a positive, ample loos and ALL marshals were good particularly the chap on the final big roundabout who was great. Good job! Date of review: May 4, 2016
In short: Undulating!! I don't think so. In full: Organisation and support was great. The run was also scenic in parts. Running through housing estates was a bit strange. I was advised to make hills part of my training programme. Even training on some of the Welsh valley roads did not prepare me for the unrelentless up and down course. Second half of the race was very tough and there were inclines right til the end. Missed my pb but do have the sense of accomplishment!! Date of review: May 4, 2016