Milton Keynes Marathon

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01/05/2012 at 14:31
looks like Rupert Murdoch to me...
01/05/2012 at 16:15
The Race Director informed me that the detour was about 250m yesterday. Naturally unofficial. So depending on your pace, you can knock that off your race time unofficially. That's 00:01:22 reduction in my time.
01/05/2012 at 16:17
I didnt run but went to support my boyfriend. I think there are some serious improvements that need to be made; 1) needs changing facilities 2)more organised bag drop off /pick up. 3)more banners railing area for start point 4)needs some banners and arch that shouts finish line as it was not obvious..or glamorous-not even to my boyfriend as a runner! 5) improve on goodie bag; foil wrap + tshirt should be standard!
Praise for marshalls and the staff at the more than effcient drink stations.









01/05/2012 at 16:21
They have amended the course certificate page to mention the 250m addition.

Effectively, I actually did run a PB after all - since I was only 31 seconds down on my previous time. I'm sure I can't run 250m in only 31 seconds
01/05/2012 at 16:35
That means I did do sub 3.30 I'm not overly bothered but for those who just missed out on GFA. Well that's another matter. I would be pissed!!!!!
01/05/2012 at 16:40
I am too tired to work that out...
DTs
01/05/2012 at 16:53

Think I spent a lot of time overtaking/being overtaken by Alun. 

http://www.marathon-photos.com/scripts/photo.py?event=Sports/CPUK/2012/Milton%20Keynes%20Marathon&photo=MKML2721&bib=63&match=63

I'm sorry you had such a torrid end to your run, I don't think I can remember being so cold in my life but I'm glad you are feeling a little better now. 

01/05/2012 at 16:59
Mee Mee Wong wrote (see)
I didnt run but went to support my boyfriend. I think there are some serious improvements that need to be made; 1) needs changing facilities 2)more organised bag drop off /pick up. 3)more banners railing area for start point 4)needs some banners and arch that shouts finish line as it was not obvious..or glamorous-not even to my boyfriend as a runner! 5) improve on goodie bag; foil wrap + tshirt should be standard! Praise for marshalls and the staff at the more than effcient drink stations.

I did do the race and agree with Mee Mee Wong. In summary though:

Pros:

1. Great support throughout the race. 

2. Superbly run drinks stations.

3. Thumbs up for going ahead considering the weather.

Cons:

1. Finish line confusion. Did a sprint finish and then realised the finish line was another 100m away.

2. Poor post-race assistance for the cold. Foil wrap or hot showers a must.

3. Poor goodie bag - I've had a better goodie bag from a 5 k race.

I was lucky to be parked near the race start in Asda's car park & my g/f nearby with a change of clothes. My heart goes out to the runners who had to wait for their bags & travel miles to their car from the finish in the wet, freezing cold weather. 

M

01/05/2012 at 17:56
I've been reading through the various posts and not seen any comments re massage being available at the end, I couldn't see a tent or any signs, did any one get a massage or see a massage tent, did I miss it because was my brain numb from the cold??
01/05/2012 at 18:23
Maria: I got a massage at the end. Was stumbling my way toward the loos and came across them. Seemed to be run by Cancer research and they had a few tables
01/05/2012 at 18:45
Thanks Old No7, I obviously missed them. Having stood around in the cold for 15 mins, I then had to climb into a curtain sided lorry to retrive my bag, I was just fed up, I went into the stadium to see if I could see any signs or ask a marshall but couldn't find either - decided at that point to make my way home. I'm sure next year will be much improved.
01/05/2012 at 19:53
Concurring with Mee Mee Wong & Knightsy on their comments, just to point out that we don't see all the bad things I would like to say that the support from the people from MK was pretty amazing considering the dreadful weather, I must say I had pinpointed this marathon to go under 3h15 but right from the start I knew it would not happen, having said that I will rightly give another go next year as I thought that with a nicer weather that can be achieved.
For the organisers, I think nobody was expecting that weather so I m sure that was a baptism of fire for you, surely next year things will be better organised, please make sure that goodie bag is nicer it was pretty poor one + do provide a T-shirt we are running a marathon, not a 10k.
All in all I want to say to all those hardcore runners that brave the elements a very well done it was a s***t weather done a half marathon in Brighton on 2010 that I thought was bad but MK I think will go down as the worst weather that I have faced on a race.
Let's get ready for Richmond Marathon and the new Gravesend one, last chance saloon to get a good for age entry in London, bdw my time was 3h21'54"
01/05/2012 at 20:48

After a tolerable first half, I hated every minute after 16 miles and have never felt so cold and miserable in my life.  That said, I was only 1 minute slower than my previous PB in Paris (ipod died so had no idea how I was doing during the run) which is technically a PB after the rerouting, not to mention the tiptoing around the puddles.  Two days later and my memories are a bit fonder.  Really impressed with the race information and the organisation (didn't use the baggage facilities so can't comment on that).  What really impressed me were the spectators.  They didn't have to be there and could have stayed in bed avoiding the weather but no, they were out there supporting the likes of us with much more enthusiasm than we were shoting them in return.  Suffered the humiliation of being outsprinted across the finish line by the gingerbread man...

....who must have absorbed at least a ton of rainwater in that costume.

01/05/2012 at 22:26
BirminghamOwl wrote (see)

The BBC article on it has a picture of Alun on the front

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-17893156

You're famous Alun

Yep, I saw that when I followed another link to the article
Liam68 wrote (see)
looks like Rupert Murdoch to me...
I was going well at that point as I think it was quite early in the race, I'm not sure I looked as rough as him even at the end
DTs wrote (see)

Think I spent a lot of time overtaking/being overtaken by Alun. 

http://www.marathon-photos.com/scripts/photo.py?event=Sports/CPUK/2012/Milton%20Keynes%20Marathon&photo=MKML2721&bib=63&match=63

I'm sorry you had such a torrid end to your run, I don't think I can remember being so cold in my life but I'm glad you are feeling a little better now. 


Hi DTs, I remember swapping places with you quite a lot, how did you get on in the end? Better than me I guess? I'm already looking for another 3:15 attempt although my legs might not be up to it.
01/05/2012 at 22:26
Re the T shirt that has been mentioned.

The organisers gave everyone the opportunity to buy one when they entered. I did so, can't remember what it cost but was less than £20 for a technical one. So I knew there was never going to be one in the goody bag.

Like the ARA I am now feeling a bit better about the event. The conditions were appalling but despite that the race was reasonably well organised, the support was incredible and all the extras they laid on such as music etc worked.
01/05/2012 at 22:59

Enjoyed it, scenic course taking in some beautiful lakes & great to have a stadium finish, good medal, great drink stations, cool stadium finish.

T-shirts were only £12 but who needs a T-shirt if it's one of the majors or something really unique then fair enough.

Great job by the organisers doing such a great job to ensure the race could go ahead in such difficult conditions & have to be praised - already looking forward to this in 2013 

02/05/2012 at 09:36

Morning All

Can anyone just confirm for me the GFA time situation re London 2013 please? If you have run a GFA qualifying time (I have as I ran 3:13:38 on Sunday and I'm 47), does that guarantee you a place if you apply through the GFA entry system or does it just mean that your application will be considered?

I'd be grateful if someone could clarify this for me please - thanks!

Cheers

Dave 

02/05/2012 at 10:00
Dave: your gauranteed a place! Well done.
02/05/2012 at 10:12

Hi Alex

New Gravesend marathon? When is that? Couldn't find anything online.............

Cheers

Cooks

02/05/2012 at 10:42
Thanks ON7, makes the pain feel worth it now! Awesome run btw, to clock a decent sub 3 in those conditions was superb - hats off to you (was that a PB for you?)
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