In short: A great inaugural run for a great cause in a lovely area. In full: This was the inaugural race at Ashburnham for the charity 'Out of the Blue'. Ashburnham's grounds are a beautiful place to run. The course is on tarmac, trail and through woodlands. On the day of the race there was rain and this made the woods boggy and slippery, therefore you might want bring trail shoes or something with grip if it rains. 3 laps for the 10k. A interesting 3 laps though and challenging in parts. There was a 5K too and kids races. Lots of families having fun as well as the usual club runners.
There were burger stalls and the charity's shirts, etc for sale. A really great race, well organised by Nice Work and for a very good course in a lovely area. Date of review: May 16, 2015
In short: Very good race, good setting and friendly marshals In full: Having only been running for three weeks this was my very first event other than Park Run. Very well organised, especially as they have introduced 10k for this year alongside the 5k. Nice finish line, good little medal and water, jaffa cakes, fig rolls and penguin bars for finishers. My daughter entered the Kids race and came second, hasn't stopped talking about her medal and picked loads of events she now wants to enter...we have a future good female runner in the making here thanks to the team at Nice Work. All in all a really fun time, and really looking forward to the next one. Date of review: May 15, 2015
In short: Decent course, but slightly over 5k, and watch out for large joggers taking a sharp left In full: It's a pretty flat course, and Victoria Park is prettty. It was a low key, small event, but still with a real mix of ability. The paths aren't closed, so you share them with walkers and joggers. It was a cold and slightly damp May evening, so I suspect that reduced the number of pedestrians. However, I still got bodychecked by a large jogger who took a sharp turn across me. I'd do it again I think, but I'd prefer it if they reduced it by about 100m to 5k. I missed out on my target time by 5 seconds, and was well inside it for 5k according to GPS. Date of review: May 15, 2015
In short: A well-organised event that is not too crowded In full: This is a very well-organised event. It is sufficiently big to not be lonely, and sufficiently small to not be crowded. Good support at water stations, particularly the girl guides at mile 12/25. Date of review: May 15, 2015
In short: Love this Race In full: This was my 5th Marathon and my Husbands 1st marathon. We both loved it. Great atmosphere and great bling too. See you in 2016 We will be back Date of review: May 15, 2015
In short: Two (plus) hours to get there, yet it was a brilliant day! In full: My second marathon and I loved it. A great experience. The atmosphere at the start line was lovely, busy and buzzing; so different from the quiet, low key marathon that I did last year - Seabank (Boston to Skegness). Milton Keynes is not flat! The inclines were fairly long, not especially steep yet I suffered with my knees by mile 20. The last 10k I got round on mental strength alone I think! A kind lady let me use her loo at mile 11 (thank you, whoever you are). Spectator support was pretty good, mainly in the town, but there were people dotted about along the course, supporting us. There were dancers en route, a singer, and music. Chariots of fire, very uplifting! There were water stations/sports drink stations galore! Took my own hydration belt but I definitely needed the extra fluid. The stadium finish was fab. I felt like a professional athlete with people cheering and clapping me as I crossed the finish line. Medal is smashing! Parking was bl**dy awful, didn't think I'd need VIP parking, oh how I wish I'd paid extra for it. MK marathon is a great race for beginners and for anyone wanting that big city race experience. Organisation was faultless in my opinion and everything was simply perfect - apart from parking, oh and a 'road marshal' giving us the wrong direction to the stadium when we got to the closed roads. A massive thank you to all the marshals, organizers, volunteers and everyone else involved with the marathon. Also a big thank you to the thousands of runners who turned up on the 4th May; I had a great experience and I'm glad I shared it with you. Date of review: May 14, 2015
In short: A fantastic marathon - one of the very best In full: Lovely green route, great organisation, super support and bands on the route. Love the fact that they have a different medal design every year and they're all great designs. Love the stadium finish.
Nothing not to like! I'll be back next year. Date of review: May 14, 2015
In short: Of the 8 marathons I have done, this was the very best. In full: The race was really well organised, all the race crew/support staff were most helpful. The medal was one of the best I've had, the goody bag is great and the stadium is simply amazing! I loved the route variety and the scenery in MK is much better than expected. Of the 8 marathons I have done, this was the very best.
In short: A challenging cross-country In full: A tough little cross-country which is predominately uphill for the first half of the race meaning a lovely downhill to the finish. Great for those missing the winter cross-country mud baths :) Date of review: May 14, 2015
In short: Brilliant organisation, support, goody bag & route. There's even a free beer! In full: For a race that has repeatedly won UK's best race it is amazing to witness the determination to make it even better every year. Beforehand I said I would never run a race again but I might have already signed up for 2016. Oops! (I need to keep in training to burn off all those calories lurking in the goody bag) Date of review: May 13, 2015
In short: Good first half!! In full: This was my first half marathon and i really enjoyed it. It was quite hilly at the beginning and very warm but the supporters along the way were amazing, lots of jelly babies, water, oranges, hose pipes etc The medal and tshirt and really nice and you feel like you have earned them once you finish the uphill finish!! Date of review: May 13, 2015
In short: *** NOT *** Ruined by the badly organised staggered starts In full: Please disregard my review for this event in 2015 they were asking for estimated time in minutes and I was thinking of my time in HH:MI instead. My issues were of my own doing! Date of review: May 13, 2015
In short: Superb! In full: My first marathon. Really enjoyed it! A lady who was next to me on the start line, who had done over 100 marathons, said to me that your first marathon is always the best and I think she will be right! Date of review: May 13, 2015