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
In short: Fist Marathon Will Definitely Be Back Again Next Year In full: As this was my first marathon i didn't really know what to expect really and have nothing to judge it on. But i felt i made a good choice the scenery was great especially the lakes, ok it wasn't entirely flat and there were hard bits on the second half but that's mainly because my legs had gone and a little slope felt like mount everest. I thought the atmosphere was great, the names on our numbers was a nice touch so people were yelling your name out now and then. I did feel that some of the stewards were a little glum and ignored runners but thats probably because i was right at the back and they'd perhaps had enough. The weather was perfect not too hot and not too cold no sunburn so thats a bonus. The goodie bag was great i mean a mars bar and crisps what else do you really need. I think this race will always be my favourite mainly because its the first marathon i ever did and i will be coming back next year hopefully a bit faster. I would definitely recommend this to people who have ran a marathon before. Date of review: May 12, 2014
In short: Excellent event In full: I ran this in its first year in 2012 and was critical of its poor organisation, which at the time I acknowledged was challenged by some absolutely horrendous conditions. However, I read the positive reviews for 2013 and thought I would give it another go. I have to give credit where it is due, I found 2014 to be a really well organised and enjoyable event, with marshalled car parking at the stadium, undercover bag collection, opening much more of the stadium to spectators and participants, changing the route so that it takes in more of the centre of MK and also significantly reducing the number of underpasses, even small touches like now presenting finishers with medals over their heads rather than leaving in goodie bags. All in all it was an excellent event, even if I did finish a minute slower than last time! Well done to the organisers for listening to previous issues raised and implementing so many improvements: Milton Keynes has a marathon to be proud of. Finally, a massive thank you to all the volunteers for their support, us runners simply couldn't run these events without you. Date of review: May 12, 2014
In short: very well organised and mainly flat In full: I have done this race for the last 3 years and it seems to get better each year. The support was wonderful and the marshalls were excellent. Keep a little back for the last few miles when the little slopes and ramps that take you under the main roads start to feel steeper! Thanks to all involved Date of review: May 11, 2014