In short: Well organised and supported In full: I was pleasantly surprised with this race. Very well organised, really well supported, very friendly and a diddle to get to. You park almost by the start and outside the shops so plenty of pre and post-race fuelling. A really nice route too and it does Milton Keynes proud. I had no idea the area was so scenic. Overall, a great day out, even if a lot of people got sun burnt, in March! Date of review: March 25, 2014
In short: PB In full: Returned to MK for a second attempt at the 10k. In contrast to last year's snow and freezing temperature, this year we had warm sunshine. The first kilometer was again quite congested - I'm used to being overtaken early on, but here I was boxed in slightly. Once out on the dual carriageway though, the field soon opened out. After you turn off through the houses, you are soon running through plenty of pleasant parkland. The hill just past the 9km mark is testing, but adds to the challenge. The end is a bit of a let down, with just a small bottle of water and a medal with no date on it, but achieving my 10k PB has given me extra appetite to return next year. Date of review: March 18, 2014
In short: my 2nd MK race In full: I did this race last year and got my very first PB so I thought I would come and give it another try. Last year it was freezing and snowing and this year I ended up very sunburnt! The race ran exactly the same to last year. It is well organised. There are a few lumps and bumps along the way so it's not really flat. My only criticism is that there is more at the end other than a medal and a bottle of water. Especially after tackling that naughty hill at the end. Date of review: March 17, 2014
In short: Quite flat, well organised In full: Well organised race, start area excellent with parking and Xscape outlets. Number of underpasses and small hill near end detract from flatness but overall pretty flat. Water stations good. Might have expected food or goody bag at end. Date of review: March 10, 2014
In short: Pretty flat except for hill at mile 13! In full: A nice race. No goody bag or food at finish which is surprising considering the fee to race. Medal ok. Good buzz and lots of supporters Date of review: March 10, 2014
In short: A really nice race. A bit more undulating than expected In full: I was supposed to be doing this with a friend but he opted for the 10k instead. The parking was hassle free and the xscape is a great venue as there's so many food outlets and shops for your waiting friends and family. the start was confusing with the lead marshal not having any amplification so hardly anyone could hear him. I think everyone got under way safely. The course itself was good but a bit of a tester. A bit more up and down than I was expecting (definitely not pancake flat). there were also a lot of bollards and a few bottlenecks . the support was nice and it was really tempting to stop for a pint at a couple of the pubs on the way round. the marshals were really nice although if i hear oggy oggy oggy one more bloody time. Loads of runners of all abilities and the atmosphere was pretty friendly so beginners should be happy with this race. Not sure £18 for their technical top was worth it and yes a banana would have been nice. I did like the medal but it's always a shame though when they don't even get it out of the bag for you, although with nearly 2500 runners i can understand why. A really good race although only my 2nd half marathon. Will definitely do it again next year Date of review: March 10, 2014
In short: Lovely route, great support. In full: Great place to start, lots of parking and great support round the course. Course is a pb potential for sure, and water stations and toilets were a plenty so loo queues went down really quickly. Entered on the day for a very steep fee, and got sent to 3 different queues before I finally got my number ,expensive considering you got nothing at the end of the race except your medal and a bottle of water. Not even a banana. Very disappointing. But overall I liked the race and would do it again but would expect more bang for my buck Date of review: March 10, 2014
In short: Never Miss It In full: I haven't missed this Half in 6 years,it's an easy drive for me in N.London, good parking, good get away. Flat, except "that hill" and found it quite scenic in Spring sunshine. As parking is near, didn't need a goody bag as I brought my own. Date of review: March 10, 2014
In short: Very friendly race for a first time half marathoner In full: A very hot day bearing in mind the rubbish weather previous endured the weeks before. The Xscape was a superb venue allowing a sit down and coffee before hand. Even the outlets had got their acts together ,several being open early.Parking was a doddle and cheap.A little confusing however was which event started from where and when but all came out in the wash.A nice course with the expected up and down stretches under roads etc.with parkland and lake views.The different cut off stages for the shorter races were clearly marked and shouted by marshalls. The t-shirt and medal were a disappointment as they were non specific with even the different coloured ribbons being anonymous! I did not miss the "goody bag" as these are often a waste of time - the water was enough! A good event worth supporting. Date of review: March 10, 2014
In short: That hill.... In full: The marshalls were excellent, the water stops a godsend (and that they managed to remove the lids of the bottles was superb! No need to worry about slipping on bottle caps). Boiling hot day - and there was no shade on the course, so a fair number of people flagged en route.
Slightly confusing course, particularly when the 10k runners were peeling off in front of the 1/2 marathoners. But the marshalls were clear, and there were lots of spectators cheering and small children handing out jelly babies. Nearly fell over a dog, but you can't have everything.
Really, really, really would have appreciated something more than water at the end: banana, mars bar or sports drink. Didn't enjoy doglegging about to get to the finish line, and I missed a PB by six seconds (which is annoying). Date of review: March 10, 2014