In full: I've run all three MK marathons...so that must say something!Organisation efficient. Most of route on redways, quite a lot of green scenery after leaving city centre. Hit my PB and sub 4:30 target this year :) Date of review: August 20, 2014
In short: Great race In full: Will definitely do this again, very well organised, well marshaled, goody bag and a great medal. Slightly undulating but still PB potential. Great finish in the stadium too. Date of review: August 19, 2014
In short: One of my favourite marathons - friendly and well organised In full: This is the 2nd time I've ran the MK marathon and it is one of my favourites.
Unlike some road marathons that I've done there is no running over train tracks (with the threat of having to stop if a train comes!) or dodging shoppers as you run through the local shopping precinct.
Yes there are a few undulations along the route but no steep drags!
For the first 2 or 3 miles (approx) you run around the centre of MK, free from traffic, where at times you double back on yourself which is great as you get to see your friends and other friendly faces going the opposite way - a great opportunity for a few hi-fives and cheers of encouragement.
Finish line - wow what thrill to run into Stadium MK to a mass crowd of supporters and the commentator cheering you on and see yourself on the big screen as you run round the track and over the finish line.
Along with getting a cool bling bling medal at the end of a race(one of the best ones I've got) it is important to me at how quickly I get my bag at the end of the race. At MK as soon as you have received your medal and your goody bag before you know it you are in the bag hall and one of the scout volunteers is handing you your bag with a big smile on their face, no waiting around because they cant find your bag (which has happened at other races - so annoying)
Overall - this is a well organised and friendly race, obviously organised and supported by runners for runners. Oh and P.S I got a PB - how fab is that!
See you in 2015 ;-) Date of review: August 19, 2014
In short: Extremely well organised event In full: Great route, great stadium finish, plenty of water/stops drink stops, great medal, great spectators, great goody bag, well organised and overall great running experience. Date of review: June 10, 2014
In short: The crowds of spectators really make this event In full: I don't usually write a comment but after taking part in the Liverpool Rock n Roll marathon at the weekend I thought I would.
MK had so much more to offer... the crowds in MK are just amazing and really gave the event a positive buzz and the bands were better as well! You don't have to queue for a toilet in MK (a 1st!). Liverpool was dull and quiet in comparison. The baggage was also 100 times better at MK and probably the slickest I have ever experienced.
I loved the varied route with the city centre and then redways which made it interesting and I got a good time.
The stadium finish is a big bonus and well worth entering just for that and the medal is pure bling.
Well done MK - you put on a top event and I can't wait for next year!!
In short: Hilly with dull repetitive scenery but well organised and friendly In full: My second MK marathon and they changed the course a little. As before first half goes back and forth in office-block avenues in the town centre and is very unappealing. Second half circles the town on dual carriageway and main road verges dipping repetively into underpasses with steep downs and the of course ups. Skirts a lake briefly at one point and touches a canal tow path at another. Last year's steep long hill was cut out but still hilly. To be honest I thought in the second half we were just going round repeating a shortish loop because it all looked the same and was very very dull. So no help at all from the scenery on this hilly route on a hottish day. However the crowds were friendly and enthusiastic, the stewarding and other organisation was very good. The finish in the stadium is more annoying than inspiring to me particularly as you are forced out by a different exit and have no idea where you are when you emerge into the outside world exhausted and have to walk a long way to find your car. Not a great experience but probably on a par with many events like this. Beginners should try Wolverhampton in my view for a friendly informal marathon. I feel MK could offer a much more pleasant route given the lovely countryside in the area - running marathons is more than just covering miles, the journey should be pleasant and inspiring too. Date of review: May 20, 2014