In short: Amazing. Tough. Sign me up for next year! In full: A wonderful marathon with amazing views and great organisation. The weather was beautiful which helped this year, but I am sure this would still be great on a dull day. The views from Portland are amazing and would be hard to be beaten from anywhere else. The trails were good and I didn't have any problems with footing, and I was only wearing my normal racing flats, not trail shoes. The course is very tough, but very rewarding. I enjoy hills, so this was a great challenge. I liked having a flat 6 miles in the middle of the course to calm down, although I know that others did not enjoy this as much. Cramp kicked in very early and made the second half extremely challenging, but that helps to make the achievement of finishing even greater. Not a marathon to beat your PB, but certainly one that you will not forget in a hurry! Looking forward to beating my time in 2016. Date of review: May 6, 2015
In short: Brilliant marathon with superb organisation In full: A wonderful marathon that was thoroughly enoyed. Thank you to all of the marshalls and staff for putting on such a great race. The organisation was top notch. The water stops were well placed and frequent, supplies (jelly babies, coke, jelly beans, raisins, etc.) were great and readily available. Being able to have a drink placed at 20km and 30km was a great touch, and something I would love to see at other races. A really professional element, that help separate this from other marathons. I thought that the course would be hillier than it was, so I was pleasantly surprised. There are only two "main" hills in the race, at mile 8 and mile 20. Other than that it was rolling hills throughout, which were fine to deal with, though it can cause some issues with pacing (going slower up the hill and faster down the other), most of the course can be considered flat, and paced accordingly.
A great event. Thank you. Date of review: May 6, 2015
In short: Another fabulous NDVM! It's my fifth time in a row, so that must say something! In full: Was a bit doubtful of my performance after a PB at London, but the scenery and the sweeties on the water stations got me round in 3:39 very happy! Amazing scenery and the weather cleared up just in time for the event. Clockwork organisation and a lovely hog roast afterwards. Couldn't ask for more!! Date of review: May 6, 2015
In short: Fantastic race for any ability In full: This is a fantastic course for all abilities as it is super flat! Would recommend to any of those chasing a PB or newbies alike.
Masses of updates which I loved - some did not, but I guess they're the people who ignored the information and asked questions already answered. Chip and bib sent in the post as well, I like to be prepared rather than pick it up on the day.
Around 2000 runners braved horrific conditions to run this and it sold out very quickly, which says how highly it is rated. Think its one of the top rated races by RW readers(?)The rain meant the race was slightly delayed due to lateness of some runners. Also, this meant the half way time was not held and was simply a clock, which was a shame but did not have an effect.
Still quite a lot of people out supporting considering the weather, which was good to see. Good finish in the stadium and on to the goody bag...holy moly I have never been so impressed!
To be greeted with the choice of a chocolate or lemon muffin at the finish line was great (very tasty), in the bag was a t-shirt, medal, galaxy chocolate bar, bag of golden wonder crisps, vouchers and reflective armband. This is in addition to water and Lucozade! Don't think I missed anything? Anyway, fantastic value and shows other half marathons up and that they could do more if sourced correctly.
Only gripe is the running on the grass was a little unsafe but if it was warm and dry like it should be at the start of May it would be perfect! PB for me by the way as well, would have been quicker too if it wasn't for the weather and wanting to save myself for Leeds Half.
Has to be my joint favourite race, great work guys and massive thanks to organisers, helpers and volunteers! Date of review: May 5, 2015
In short: My hometown 3rd year doing MK, possibily the last In full: I live in MK & this was my third year running MK Marathon. Good points venue is excellent, good parking, loos no queuing, baggage drop like clockwork, marshals fantastic, water stations excellent, support from the good people of MK outstanding, good medal with effort each year to bring on a new design, stadium finish well organised. Bad bits - organisation at the start with the pens, not clearly defined and not helped by pacer positions, the first 10 miles of the course most especially centre MK are dull boring and a leg killer - despite the best efforts of spectators it just seems endless, some changes to the route from last year which took us off the road at about mile 8/9 onto redways before going back onto the road were congested and tight for both half & marathon numbers, likewise the turns over central road islands - once the marathon splits from the half it generally gets a little better and a little more scenic - its a tough course and on a hot day the constant up & downs take their toll, by the time you get to the more scenic canal I think you are worn down & just want to get it done. For me living in MK I know we have some fantastic scenery with lakes, canal & parks most cities would only dream of, but I also understand that its becoming a bigger event as a road half & marathon - therefore it will be on boring roads to accommodate numbers, its just not my cup of tea anymore. But if you want a challenging road race with great marshals & organisation at a reasonable price then welcome to MK Marathon Date of review: May 5, 2015